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Lorain Intensive Home-Based Treatment Program

The Lorain Intensive Home-based Treatment Program is a coordinated package of mental health services for youth with severe emotional problems. The goal of treatment is to help youth avoid out-of-home placements such as inpatient hospitalization or residential treatment. It is also used to assist with the transition from these types of placements so they can live and function successfully at home, in school and in the community.

Applewood Centers embraces the philosophy that an array of mental health services that are flexible, intensive, accessible and individually tailored have the highest likelihood of achieving success. That is why this program focuses on the strengths of the family, is driven by the needs of the youth and family, and regards the family as equal partners with staff in planning and delivering care.

The program includes the following services:

  • Initial and ongoing assessment and safety planning
  • Home and community-based individual and family therapy sessions
  • Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment services
  • Intensive interventions and case management services for crisis stabilization, service coordination, advocacy and education
  • Referral for psychiatric assessment and treatment services

Crisis response is available 24/7. Each youth and family participates in an assessment of risk and safety issues and in the development of a customized safety plan.

Our clinicians, who are licensed by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board, work with the youth, family and significant others a minimum of three hours per week. This includes a minimum of two in-person contacts, one of which must be with the youth and family. Total length of treatment generally does not exceed six months.

Program Criteria

Intensive Home-based Treatment is for any youth under the age of 18 who meets the following criteria:

  • Is clinically diagnosed as having a "serious emotional disturbance"
  • Is at risk for out-of-home placement
  • Has returned within the previous 30 days from an out-of-home placement or will be returning within 30 days
  • Needs a high level of mental health treatment to be stable and safe

Youth ages 18 through 21 who also meet the above criteria may be eligible for the program if they still live at home and meet one or more of the following:

  • In school and working towards a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Is under the jurisdiction of juvenile court
  • Is in the custody of a public child serving agency
  • Receives services from a board of developmental disabilities

For Information

Lorain County  440-324-1300

To download a brochure about Applewood Centers Intensive Home-based Treatment program click here.