Family Based Services


Similar to BHRS, Family Based Services are provided in the home and community by a two-person team. However, several factors separate Family Based from BHRS. Family Based is more intensive, with a typical authorization period lasting as long as eight months. Also, Family Based therapists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to aid in crisis intervention and behavioral stabilization. Furthermore, Family Based Services focus on the entire family, not just an identified child.


Services are geared toward children and adolescents up to age 21 who are at risk for out-of-home placement due to a severe emotional and/or behavioral disorder or severe mental illness. Family Based teams assist families by coordinating resources for successful solutions and management of presenting treatment issues.


Main goals of the Family Based Mental Health program:


  • Reduce out-of-home placement of children
  • Strengthen and maintain family unit
  • Increase life skills and coping capacities of each family member
  • Re-unify families previously separated due to the mental illness of their child


If you would like more information about Family Based Services, contact Tim Nicklas at