Behavioral Health Mission
The Department of Behavioral Health’s mission is to establish partnerships and empower individuals through education, quality interventions, and preventative resources to promote wellbeing.
Our caring and compassionate staff works closely with local physicians, school officials, human service agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, and clergy in the community. We offer a wide range of mental health services, including diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy and marriage and family counseling. A psychiatrist, a family physician, or nurse practitioner, in consultation with other health professionals, perform medication management. Our staff also offers a variety of community programs, educational services, vocational counseling, and consultations to children, older adults, families, agencies and community groups. Specialized supportive group programs are also available.
Supportive Community Living
We offer a community support program to enable adults with a chronic mental illness to improve quality of life, reduce hospitalizations and improve level of functioning.
Community Services & Business Support Services
The Behavioral Health Department contributes behavioral health screenings and a speakers’ bureau for organizations and groups. Topics available through the speaker’s bureau include stress management, parenting, depression and grief. The Behavioral Health Department has staff who are certified Employee Assistance Program Providers and are available for local businesses.
Nursing Home Services
Our staff provides on-site evaluation, therapy, and medication management for residents of area nursing homes. Our professionals also support the home care staff through case planning and education.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is an evidenced-based treatment program for pre-school to early elementary school children (ages 2-7) with disruptive behaviors. PCIT is designed to promote positive interactions with parent and child while decreasing the child’s disruptive behavior. PCIT places on emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT ranges from 14-18 weeks, parents are asked to complete weekly homework assignments with children between sessions and attendance is important. PCIT is a well-researched treatment.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.
Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)
BHIS are supportive, directive, and teaching interventions provided in a community-based environment 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. Intensive skills development, counseling, and referral services are provided to families who are experiencing challenges with their child’s success in school, at home and in their community.
Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation (IPR)
IPR is designed to help people with a psychiatric disability to choose, get, and keep a particular role in the setting that they prefer. A client’s choices and goals are identified and the client is allowed to expand their thoughts and prepare for change in an area of their life. A program developed by Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, is designed to focus on living, working, learning, and social areas of individual’s life.
No person, regardless of age, gender, sexual preference, race, national origin, or religious affiliation will be denied necessary mental health services. All information provided by clients and records of service are confidential. No information may be disclosed without written permission of the client or the client’s guardian if the client is a minor age child.
Our Business Hours:
Monday & Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
For Emergencies call 712-755-5161
If you would like to ask a question submit it through our contact form and one of our staff will respond.