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.