All programs serve children and teens ages 6 to 17 and their families unless otherwise noted.
Bellefaire JCB mental health professionals provide individual, family and group counseling. Using evidenced-based practices, treatment plans are tailored to the specific needs of each client and family. Commonly addressed problems include:
- Parent-child conflicts
- Attention deficit-related disorders
- Oppositional behaviors
- Problems with mood, anxiety or motivation
- Victimization from sexual or physical abuse or neglect
Adjustment to stressors
Ongoing outpatient psychiatry services are available for children and adolescents in need of medication to address mental health diagnoses. Psychiatry services include a complete psychiatric evaluation followed by ongoing psychiatry appointments.
Juvenile Offender Program
This program is eligible to youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been adjudicated delinquent with a charge involving a violent act and referred by the juvenile court. Clients are suspected of having a mental health diagnosis evidenced by behavioral, cognitive and/or affective impairments. Referrals come directly from the court. The program includes conducting a culturally competent, comprehensive psychological evaluation including drug/alcohol assessment to include a multi-axial diagnosis, a Global Assessment Scale Score and a behavioral assessment. There is also identification of violent behavior with recommendations for level of care and level of risk to the community. Placement in a secure residential treatment facility or accessing community services are options.
We provide ongoing individual, family and group counseling for students in school, allowing children and families access to behavioral services in a familiar, convenient setting. Teachers and other school staff are encouraged to provide frequent and direct input into treatment planning and interventions.
Mental health counselors provide targeted behavioral interventions in school setting, which include:
- Prevention groups for students and education for parents and teachers
- Consultation to parents and school staff regarding problematic behaviors
- Participation in meetings related to the student, their functioning and the impact of their mental health issues on the academic setting
Student prevention groups address topics such as conflict resolution, grief recovery, anger management, divorce/separation, social skills, self-esteem and coping with depression. Workshops for teachers and staff have included managing mental health disabilities in the classroom, de-escalating behaviors on the school bus and designing behavioral interventions to deal with issues such as impulsivity and attention deficit behaviors.
Intensive Home-based Treatment (IHBT)
Intensive home-based treatment services are typically provided for three to six months with two to four hours of service per week. Afterwards, families are transitioned to less intensive outpatient care in the community in which they live. The program uses a multi-system approach to help families creatively solve their problems, which includes interventions for family preservation, cognitive behavioral therapy and wraparound services. While working on family issues, the IHBT therapist coordinates services with the courts, schools, peers, therapists and other interested parties. The goal is to empower the family to help the youth operate functionally and safely within the community. The program includes:
- In-home diagnostic assessment
- Individual and family therapy
- Coordination with other professional
- Ongoing consultation and monitoring
- Aftercare planning
JOP WRAParound Services
This program is similar to IHBT except the services are more intensive, involving four to six hours per week. It is reserved for clients in the judicial system who have received services through Bellefaire JCB's Juvenile Offender Program, had a comprehensive psychological evaluation and received a recommendation for this program.
Lorain Substance Abuse/Mental Health (LSA/MH) Treatment Program
Co-occurring Integrated Treatment
Best practice research shows that providing combined mental health and substance abuse counseling is the most effective treatment for adolescents with co-occurring disorders. Our master's degree level counselors are dually trained/licensed in mental health and substance abuse treatment and provide individual and family counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention and case management services, which include linkage and advocacy with school, courts and other community resources. Sessions are held in the family's home or community, averaging two to three times per week for a total of three to six sessions per week for three to six months. The intensity of services, location and times of sessions are tailored to meet the individual needs of families. It's an intensive, integrated approach that includes the entire family system to help adolescents heal.
Healthy Moms, Happy Families
This program is designed to meet the unique needs of moms-to-be and new moms who may be experiencing signs of stress, anxiety or depression. Bellefaire JCB's staff specialize in teaching women ways to cope with these feelings, manage family conflicts and use local resources. Services include assessment, counseling, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, case management and care coordination. The Healthy Moms, Happy Families program is available for women and teens experiencing perinatal or postpartum depression and is provided in the home or our office. Services are covered by Medicaid and select commercial insurance providers. Out-of-network and self-pay options are also available. We will work with existing providers, including women's health providers, to make sure that all services are coordinated.
Referrals for outpatient counseling can come from mental health professionals, school personnel, pediatricians and families. Bellefaire JCB's Intake Department is trained to work with families and referral sources to make clinical assessments of needs, evaluate appropriateness for programs and assist with the entire admission process.
For information or to make a referral contact in Lorain County:
440-324-5701 ext 13 or 800-879-2522