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Behavioral Health Services


Provides behavioral health treatment for children who experience emotional and behavioral problems, as well as services to the family. Services are aimed at reducing the emotional distress experienced by youth while improving relationships and general functioning. Services are provided in the home and community.


1) Caregiver Connections

Caregiver Connections provides consultation and education for early childhood educators and caregivers. Outreach to care centers is conducted and those centers may then utilize the program for education regarding behavioral health issues and/or consultation focused on a specific behavioral issue. In the event that it is necessary, families are assisted in linkage to appropriate behavioral health providers.

For more information, please contact:

Christa TaubertClinical Coordinator
Email Christa here


2) Peoria Public Schools School-Based Therapy

Through a collaboration between The Children's Home and Peoria Public Schools, full-time counselors have been placed in the various schools within the district. A Children's Home counselor works at each school to address the social, emotional, and mental health needs of the students. Individuals are referred to the program by staff members, deans, parents, or by the counselor. Once the client is identified and deemed appropriate for counseling services, all attempts are made to engage their parent or guardian with in-home family counseling services. The counselor then works with these clients and their families to provide individual and family counseling, case management, referral and linkage services.

For more information, please contact:

Christa TaubertClinical Coordinator
Email Christa here


3) Family-Based Intervention

This program provides individual and family therapy to children 2-18 years old with behavioral and emotional difficulties whose family has an open case with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and resides in Peoria, Tazewell or Woodford Counties. The child is the identified client, but services are intended to address family dynamics as well as individual concerns. Services include assessment, diagnosis, individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, support and advocacy, parent education and community outreach.

For more information, please contact: 

Faye KesselmayerClinical Coordinator
Email Faye here


4) Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS)

SASS is a community-based program providing pre-hospitalization screening, intensive in-home therapeutic services and ongoing crisis intervention. Publicly-funded youth are assessed during times of crisis to determine if community services can be utilized to avoid hospitalization. Children’s Home provides this program to Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties. If psychiatric hospitalization is deemed necessary, SASS facilitates linkage to the appropriate in-patient unit. All children screened and served in the program are referred through the CARES line and routed to a 24-hour on-call system. Regardless of the outcome of the screening, the youth is provided with 90 days of intensive services. These services may include individual, family and group therapy, case management, medication monitoring with contractual psychiatrists, mentoring and close collaboration with other providers. The goal of SASS services is three-fold: To prevent unnecessary hospitalization of youth who can be served in the community, to prevent further crisis and the potential for psychiatric hospitalization and to initiate therapeutic services for youth who otherwise may not have had access to, or knowledge of this type of service. Assistance in applying for an Individual Care Grant for very seriously mentally ill children and youth is also available.

 For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Seidl – Clinical Coordinator

5) Tri-County Child and Adolescent Services

This program is an intensive, home-based program for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges, 3-17 years old in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties. Services are aimed at the reduction of emotional distress, improvement of interpersonal relationships and improved functioning at home, school and in the community. These goals are addressed through assessment and diagnosis, individual, group and family therapy, case management, close consultation with other providers and psychiatric services as appropriate. The parent or guardian of a youth in the tri-county area may call to initiate services. Other sources such as therapists, physicians and school personnel often help to facilitate this referral.

For more information, please contact:
Tessa Pacheco- Clinical Coordinator


6) Community Trauma Team

Children's Home, with support from United Way, has developed a Community Trauma Team to respond to traumatic events that occur in a six county area. The purpose of the team is to be dispatched to provide grief counseling, intervention, and support to help prevent or alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The team was developed to respond to any incident that affects the mental and emotional health of our community members, from workplace injuries to community violence to death or loss. If a family, church, business, or school was interested in having counselors come out to provide debriefing services, they would simply need to call (309) 687-7929 or e-mail the Trauma Team, and we will connect them to our team members as soon as possible. Together, we can help people heal more quickly by providing emotional support during critical times.

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 For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Seidl- Assistant Clinical Coordinator
Email here for more information

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Herink – Vice President of Clinical Services
Email Stephanie here

Children's Home Association of Illinois
Administration Building
2130 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 685-1047
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider.
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