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Chidren's Behavioral Health Services

Children and adolescents may require specialized care if they experience behavioral difficulties. Our highly skilled staff is specially trained to work with this age group and offer assessments and recommendations for future care. We continually look for new sources of funding so that we can increase personnel and resources for these services.

Troubled Teen


This program is designed to meet the needs of severely emotionally disturbed children ages birth to 18 years and their families. The program emphasizes a team approach to focus on keeping children from being placed outside the home. Services are recommended by a team of skilled professionals and include case management, support for parents and/or respite. A prerequisite of this program is that children participating in the program must be active in therapy. Services continue until a child reaches his/her goals or the family chooses to discontinue services. Services are provided to all eight counties through the clinics.

School-Based Therapy

This service is provided at schools that have contracted with Communicare to have individual, family, collateral and/or group therapy provided for their students and families. Referrals for services are typically made by teachers, counselors, and Family Resource Centers. Masters level or above clinicians also provide consultation and education for school staff, psycho-educational groups for children or adults, and parenting trainings/workshops.

Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CCSU)

For children who are in crisis, the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit is an alternative to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. It is a non-medical unit with the goal of helping children return to pre-crisis level of functioning. Children admitted to the unit receive a combination of individual therapy, family and group therapy, nursing services, and psychiatric evaluations with medication management follow-up.

Early Childhood Behavioral Health Program

The Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist provides mental health assessments and treatment services to children from birth to age 5 and their family systems. Referrals for services typically come from early childhood professionals and childcare providers. The specialist is also available to provide assistance and one-on-one training to clinicians within Communicare that are working with very young children.

Early Intervention Programs (EIP)

The Early Intervention Programs in Kentucky serve youth through collaboration with the Court Designated Worker Program and through court referrals. Youth, age 12-17, who have drug or alcohol related offenses are eligible for services. A variety of tools are used to place each youth in the appropriate prevention education curriculum, or to refer them for further assessment. If a youth demonstrates the need for education, those services will be provided by the Early Intervention Specialist. Youth needing treatment for chemical dependency will be given appropriate referral options, which may include clinical assessment and group or individual counseling.

Zero Tolerance

In October of 2000, a new component of the EIP was established. The Zero Tolerance (ZT) Program is for young persons under the age of 21 charged with driving with a blood-alcohol content of .02-.08. The young person must follow through with the recommendations of both their court agreement and the EIP, which includes paying all fees or attending a treatment program if required.


KIDS NOW is a Communicare program concerned with preventing drug and alcohol affected babies. These staff collaborate with a variety of community agencies in order to identify pregnant women to invite to universal prevention services. RPC staff identifies those individuals who may have more intense service needs. Each pregnant woman who participates in prevention or treatment services receives incentives for attendance and is eligible for a grand prize drawing upon completion of services.

Child Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program (CTRP)

Child Therapeutic Rehab is a day treatment program offering children and teens intensive school-based services. A five day per week, up to six hour per day Intensive outpatient psychotherapy service that incorporates intensive mental health treatment venues with community and education services. Children and adolescents referred to the program will be between under 18 years old and involved in school, and are typically at risk for inpatient hospitalization, home bound education services and/or out-of-home placement. In addition to small classroom instruction relative to age and educational placement, each consumer’s treatment plan will include group, individual and family psychotherapy, wrap-around service coordination services and psychiatric review with options for medication management. Referrals to the program will come from school personnel, The Department of Community Based Services, the court system, private medical and psychiatric providers, and also internally from a consumer’s treatment team at Communicare. Length of stay within the program will range from several weeks up to six months, depending on the severity of each consumer’s mental health conditions, and all referrals into the program will be carefully and methodically triaged back into their educational settings.

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