Behavioral Health Intervention Services

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) has been a Young House Program since 2011.

The services seek to provide intensive skill development, counseling, and referral services to families who are experiencing challenges with their child’s disruptive behaviors connected to mental health needs. Services address behaviors like aggressiveness, poor communication or poor social skills that can impact your child's success in school, at home and in their community. The program is designed to improve the individual’s level of functioning as it relates to a mental illness, with a primary goal of assisting the individual and his or her family to learn age-appropriate skills to manage their behavior, and regain or retain self-control.

Our treatment plans include individual sessions with the child and family sessions with the child and the family. Services can occur in the home, office, community or school setting. Referrals can be made by the family, school personnel, Juvenile Court Services, Department of Human Service or any provider working with the child or the family.

Individual sessions with the child address behaviors that can impact a child’s success in school, at home and in their community such as aggressiveness or poor interpersonal relationship skills. We provide intensive skill development to assist the child with gaining skills such as communication, anger management, problem solving, coping and social skills.

Family sessions with the child and family teach the family necessary skills for managing their child’s behaviors. The caseworker provides intensive skill development to assist the family with gaining skills such as communication, problem solving and conflict resolution within the family unit, and assists the family with connecting to community resources and building informal support systems.

BHIS program funding is managed by three Managed Care Organizations, (MCO), that are contracted with the state of Iowa to provide oversight and management of the services. The child must be on Title 19 insurance, and services must be pre-authorized by the client’s MCO.

Trauma Informed Care

Young House Family Services has made a commitment to work towards becoming a Trauma Informed Care Agency. Nobody understands the journey of healing from trauma better than the person living it. Trauma-informed care involves not only changing assumptions about how we organize and provide services, but also creating an agency culture that is personal, creative, open, and healing. Trauma Informed Care trainings teach trauma-specific intervention strategies that help reduce the negative effects of maltreatment and exposure from traumatic incidents for clients we provide services to. The foundation of Trauma Informed Care is based on the framework, “It’s not what’s wrong with you, but what has happened to you.”

When a client is a victim of abuse, neglect, assault or other violence, the traumatic experience is the primary focus of treatment, including a safety plan as appropriate, frequent monitoring of progress towards treatment goals, and on-going evaluation for any need for more intensive services.

BHIS are managed by three Managed Care Organizations, (MCO), that are contracted with the state of Iowa to provide oversight and management of the services. The child must be on Title 19 insurance, and services must be pre-authorized by the client’s MCO.

Brief Intensive Services

Brief Intensive Services started in 2008 – offers in-home assistance to families with children ages 6 – 17 who reside in Des Moines, Henry, Lee or Louisa Counties who have no involvement with the Department of Human Services or Juvenile Court Services. Brief Intensive Services are in-home services that accommodate the family’s schedule and needs. Services include family team meeting, family counseling, parenting skills, anger management skills, child development information, family communication skills, role modeling, referrals to community resources, assessment of family strengths and needs, advocating for family needs, crisis intervention, as needed. Services are provided at no cost to the families and are funded by Quad County Decategorization.

Pediatric Integrated Health Program

What is the Pediatric Integrated Health Program?

It is a FREE service for families with Medicaid benefits who have a child or children with emotional or behavioral health issues. By signing up for this program a team made up of a nurse, care coordinator, and family support specialist will work with you to address all of your child’s health care needs, including physical and mental health care.

We know that it can be very confusing and at times frustrating trying to make sure all of your child’s needs are being met. Our community has many services and programs available to help families. But it can be very complicated knowing where to start. We are here to help!

This program is offered in addition to any services you are already receiving from Medicaid providers. There is no added fee or hidden charge by signing up for the Pediatric Integrated Health Program offered by Young House Family Services.

Alternative Community Treatment

Day Treatment

ACT Day Treatment is an Alternative Community Treatment program designed to provide services to youth (11-17 years old) and families throughout Des Moines, Lee, and Louisa counties in an effort to decrease the need and risk of youth being placed out of their home. ACT Day Treatment Program individualizes treatment programming for each youth and family based on their specific treatment needs.

ACT Day Treatment is a collaborative treatment program between youth, families, Juvenile Court Services, ACT Day Treatment, and the youths’ home school district. ACT provides 2 hours of skill development class daily, and incorporates Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART) 3 days a week. Youth experience healthy, supportive, positive interactions with fellow peers and ACT staff while learning pro-social skills, working on community service projects, and engage in team building activities on a daily basis. Weekly individual and family therapy sessions are provided to assist youth and their families enhance their relationships, develop healthy communication patterns, identify healthy support systems, identify barriers they experience to success and assist them with gaining the tools and power to overcome them. Youth and their family are assessed for trauma (past and current) throughout the treatment process and are referred to appropriate services, both within and outside of, Young House Family Services. ACT Day Treatment currently has a Certified Trauma Art Narrative Therapy Guide on staff for youth that are interested in these services to assist them in healing from unresolved trauma.

Community Service

The Community Service & Restitution Program provides supervision and work opportunities for youth who are ordered to complete community restitution hours by either the Juvenile Court Officer or a Court Judge.


The Enhanced Monitoring/Outreach Program (Enhanced services) is designed to serve at risk youth and their families involved with Juvenile Court Services. Enhanced services are provided through referrals made by Juvenile Court Services at no cost to the families. Enhanced services provide youth and families in-home treatment services that focus on enhancing relationships, building community supports, gaining healthy communication patterns, assisting families in learning de-escalating strategies to utilize in times of crisis, providing support to youth and their families, and working with youth and families to decrease the need for more intense services.

Tracking & Monitoring

Tracking and Monitoring is part of our Enhanced Monitoring/Outreach Program and all referrals are made by Juvenile Court Services. This service provides youth a level of accountability and encourages youth to make better choices. Tracking and Monitoring staff follow up with individual youth throughout the week at home and/or school to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Preschool Support Program

The Preschool Program started in 2011 – serves families with children ages 4-5 in Des Moines and Louisa counties. Services include in-home visitation, parent workshops, educating parents about child development, nurturing, attachment and healthy family functioning. Services are provided at no cost to the family and are funded by Early Childhood Iowa Area Board.

The program Caseworker informs families of activities, organizations, and supports that promote the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the child. Parental involvement is a critical part of service delivery. Families are always present and participate in engaging children in the Raising a Thinking Child activities. Other curricula used may include Love and Logic, 1-2-3 Magic, and others, as deemed appropriate.

Raising A Thinking Child (RTC) is an evidence-based parenting program for parents and caregivers of children 4 to 7 years that was developed and researched by Dr. Myrna Shure. RTC has demonstrated effectiveness in developing interpersonal cognitive problem-solving skills in young children, improving parenting skills and parent-child communication, and in decreasing both impulsive and inhibited behaviors in young children.

Love and Logic is basically a process by which children grow through their mistakes and learn from the consequences of their choices. There are 2 basic rules in Love & Logic: Adults set firm limits in loving ways without anger, lecture, threats or repeated warnings. Set limits using enforceable statements, regard mistakes as learning opportunities, and resist the temptation to nag. When children misbehave and cause problems, adults hand these problems back in loving ways. Provide empathy before describing consequences, use few words and more loving actions, delay consequences when necessary, and give kids the gift of owning and solving their problems.

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2–12 is an evidence-based, easy-to-learn and effective parenting program for parents. 1-2-3 Magic System can be used with children as early as 18 months through 12 years. 1-2-3 Magic is parents in charge, but no arguing, yelling or spanking is allowed

We can highlight our success in counseling families and children.

Our desire is to give you hope as we help you to begin the process of healing.

For more information about services for families

Young House Family Services

400 S. Broadway St.
Burlington, Iowa 52601
(319) 752-4000