Youth Mental Health
350 S. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202
What is this service?
The Children's Services program addresses children's mental health issues and behavioral problems that stem from mental illnesses in an effort to help them become productive members of the community.
Whom does this program serve?
Children's Services is available to children younger than 18 years (up to 22 years in certain circumstances) who have serious emotional and social problems that disrupt community, school and family relationships. These are children at risk for out-of-home placement or psychiatric hospitalization.
How does my child get involved?
Children who meet the criteria for serious emotional disturbance can be referred to CS by a family member, physician, therapist, psychologist, teacher, school counselor, or other concerned person. The initial screening to determine CS eligibility is completed by staff. Call 660-9605 to schedule a screening.
What is the cost for this service?
Fees for Children’s Services are based on a sliding scale set by the family’s level of earned income. Medicaid and some health insurances are accepted.
Components of the Children's Services Program
The case manager coordinates any services that are needed to help the child remain in the home. A case manager also assists the family in developing the treatment plan in conjunction with the treatment team.
The role of the Children’s Services case manager is to:
- Help the family members recognize their own strengths and use these strengths to reach their goals.
- Teach family members how to make their own decisions while getting the help they need from community agencies.
- Work with the child and family through role-modeling, counseling, and service activities while developing close relationships with all family members.
Individual and family therapy is also available at COMCARE Children's Services. Therapists can assist the child and family members in developing strategies to reduce symptoms, manage stress and improve behavior. All therapists at CS are licensed in the state of Kansas to provide psychotherapy.
A board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist is on staff to evaluate the need for medication, prescribe as necessary, and provide ongoing medication management for children and adolescents in this program.
Proud of Me Therapeutic Preschool: (Provided by COMCARE)
Proud of Me is a program for young children ages 2½ to 5 years who have challenging behaviors at home, at preschool or child care, or in the community. The purpose of the program is to provide a supportive environment where children can develop and practice the social, emotional and behavioral skills needed to succeed in school, home and the community. Proud of Me is designed to work in conjunction with academically based preschools. “Conscious Discipline” by Dr. Becky Bailey is the foundation for the program interventions.
Attendant Care Services:
Attendant Care Services is provided on a one-to-one basis with a provider spending time with individual children and youth, helping them to reach their treatment goals. The primary focus of this service is to provide medically necessary maintenance and support to the child.
Psychosocial rehabilitation is a community-based service provided by Children’s Services and through various contractors in the community. This service is provided to youth individually or in groups with a focus on reducing functional impairments related to the youth’s mental health diagnosis.
Home and Community Based Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance Waiver (HCBS/SED)
The HCBS/SED Waiver allows children, who would otherwise need institutional care at a state mental health hospital, to access a state covered insurance plan. In addition, this insurance plan provides for an array of mental health services with a focus on helping the youth remain in their homes, schools and communities.
Parent Support and Training
This service provides the training and support necessary to ensure engagement and active participation of the family members in the treatment planning process and with the ongoing implementation and reinforcement of skills learned throughout the treatment process. Training is provided to family members to increase their ability to provide a safe and supportive environment in the home and community for the child.
Respite Care: (Provided by COMCARE, and through a contractual service with COMCARE’s business partners.)
Respite care is a planned, short-term break for the child and family. This allows the child and family members to have time apart while ensuring that the child’s needs are met.