Young House Family Services first started providing counseling services to the community in 1985 by licensed mental health therapists. Today our services are designed for crisis management and intervention, and include comprehensive assessments to evaluate the emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of each client. Our therapy staff are licensed mental health therapists trained and experienced in providing mental health counseling.

Counseling services help people come to terms with stress and conflict in their families and daily lives, work with children and adolescents who have been wounded by abuse, resolve problems associated with grief and loss, and help deal with life’s unexpected events.


The Young House Community Counseling Program provides evidence based counseling/therapy to those seeking assistance with life stressors which may include anxiety and panic, depression, ADHD, family, couples, school and work difficulties, grief, anger control and stress.

The Community Counseling Clinicians are licensed or license eligible mental health counselors and social workers with advanced degrees and extensive training. The clinicians have demonstrated competence in identifying the needs of abused and neglected children and adults, understanding child development and working with difficult to reach and traumatized or disengaged individuals and families. The clinicians collaborate with other disciplines and providers in the community to meet the needs of their clients.

The service philosophy of the Community Counseling Program is a client centered logical approach to developing activities and interventions to meet the clients identified needs. Young House Family Services strives to make the services available to all who need them. The Community Counseling program utilizes multiple therapy modalities tailored to the needs of the clients and the systems to which they belong. The Community Counseling program does not utilize or allow the use of non-traditional modalities or interventions. Young House Family Services does not prescribe or monitor medications.

The Community Counseling program follows established guidelines for intake, assessment and admission procedures. The Community Counseling program screens referrals promptly and responsively to ensure equitable treatment; determines when a more intensive service is necessary, if applicable; supports timely initiation of services; and provides placement for a waiting list, if applicable. Intakes are completed with full participation of the client and/or parent/legal guardian. Comprehensive assessments are conducted in a standardized manner, identifying strengths and assets, problems and needs and goals and objectives for treatment.

Community Counseling services are provided at the Young House Family Services Central Office location and include flexible office hours. Title 19 and most private insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale is made possible by the Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way, Inc.



The RISE Program is a school-based program that provides individualized counseling services within the school setting to students who are refferred by school personnel, and who could benefit from one-on-one services with a licensed counselor.

Students participating in the RISE Program are challenged to become: Respectful Individuals who are Strong and Empowered, not only in the classroom but in all aspects of their lives. The prupose of the RISE Program is to offer counseling services to the student and support to the family in order to stabilize and/or improve academic efforts. The counseling process is intended to strengthen the student's overall level of emotional, behavioral, and social functioning and to support academic performance in order to promote a successful school year.

Counseling services may also be provided in response to or in conjunction with other more intensive services to address complex issues. The intensity and duration of service is determined by the sudent's need and available agency resources. Coordination of services and ongoing collaboration with service providers are key elements in providing quality services to the students involved in the counseling program. The RISE Program is able to offer services through funding provided by the Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way, Inc.

School Program

Young House Family Services' School Program for Disruptive and Agressive Students provides specialized, short term intervention to help referred students control their behaviors while they continue to receive academic instruction. The program provides an alternative for middle and high school students who are extremely disruptive to the classroom or display behaviors that are a threat to themselves or to others. The goal of the program is to help students learn to manage their behaviors and make healthy decisions so that they can successfully return to the classroom.

Placement in the School Program is appropriate when all other interventions have failed or when behaviors are so extreme that immediate removal from the classroom is warranted. The School Program may also be utilized as a Designated-Number-of -Days program for students who have been expelled or suspended. The average length of placement in the program is 9 - 12 weeks.

School or AEA personnel will make an initial referral to Young House. Young House personnel work closely with the reffering school and AEA throughout the process of intake, placement and transition back to the classroom.

School Liaison


Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP)


“Nothing About Us, Without Us”

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) was started in 2012. AMP is a youth-driven, statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster and adoptive children, age 13 and older, in Iowa. AMP members have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements. AMP offers leadership opportunities, service learning projects, speaking opportunities, and educational/vocational assistance. AMP also provides the life skills youth need to become self-sufficient, independent adults.

Young House has partnered with Youth and Shelter Services (YSS) of Ames, IA and six other well respected providers as a collaborative effort in a statewide foster care youth engagement. For more information about the AMP Program and their locations visit their official website.

After Care Services (ACS)


After Care Services (ACS) and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) started in 2006. ACS and PAL provides services for youth who have aged out of foster care. The Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN) is a statewide network that helps address the needs of young adults who are on their own. Resources and support are provided in five key areas: education, employment, housing, health and relationships. For more information about the services visit their official website.

Opportunity Passport™

Opportunity Passport

Opportunity Passport™ is a package of resources aimed at advancing the economic well-being of young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. These resources provide Financial Capability Training, experience with the banking system through a personal savings account, and matched savings of $1 for $1 (up to $1,000 a year). During Financial Capability Training participants will learn how to manage money, develop good credit, and set financial goals. After the training, participants will open an Opportunity Passport savings account.

Opportunity Passport™ was developed by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. You can learn more about this opportunity along with other initiatives and projects at the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa.

To become an Opportunity Passport™ participant in your community, please fill out the appropriate Eligibility and Enrollment Forms and submit them to your assigned community contact at Young House Family Services.


Young House Family Services offers substance abuse treatment resources for teens and adults. We provide outpatient treatment to individuals in need of substance abuse services through our Adult and Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP). Treatment takes place in both individual as well as group environments. This service is available for those in Burlington and the surrounding areas. It can be arranged to have services provided in your child’s school during non-academic times.

Our Approach

All of our services are based on methods backed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and all treatment is provided by Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

Our substance abuse treatment program views alcohol and chemical addictions as diseases and we utilize an individualized treatment model which recognizes that each patient requires different resources. The length and intensity of outpatient treatment varies for each client based on their needs. We believe in the importance of family as an essential piece of the recovery process and encourage family involvement in the treatment process. Our treatment model is built around the 12 step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Young House recognizes that many individuals and families who seek out these services have endured the numerous struggles that come with addiction. Some of our clients have utilized many treatment options without success and that many of the family we begin working with are frustrated and discouraged. Our desire is to give you hope as we help you begin the process of recovery.

Additional Services

Iowa Department of Transportation OWI Assessments for a cash payment of $125.00, paid before the assessment. We partner with the Iowa Department of Transportation to offer this service.

Level I Outpatient Treatment and Level II Intensive Outpatient Treatment. Our staff will work with you and your payment source to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes.

Treatment Team

All Substance Abuse Treatment Services are provided by Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors (CADC).

ASAP believes that families are an essential part of the recovery process, and families are considered an important part of the Treatment Team. Families are encouraged to be a part of and participate in all steps of the treatment process.

Each client we work with is unique, but we recognize that most have experienced the great struggle that comes with addictions. Some have utilized many treatment options without success, and many families are frustrated and discouraged.

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

For more information about Counseling Services

Young House Family Services

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