• Mental Health and Behavior

    Making the right diagnosis, finding a mental health professional and obtaining health insurance coverage are the main challenges families face. Many insurers do not provide equal benefits for mental health services as they do for other general medical services. There are often long waiting lists to receive quality services. Patients who have a "dual diagnosis" of developmental and/or medical conditions along with their mental health condition seem to have the most difficulty finding appropriate services.

    The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's has compiled a list of Greater Cincinnati and national resources that provide mental health services.

    See School Special Education, College, Recreation, and Condition-Specific Web Resources for additional information, community links and supports. 

  • Insurance coverage, financial assistance programs, condition, age specific expertise and geographical considerations are important in selecting a mental health provider. Some clinics offer sliding-scale fees based on ability to pay. 

    • Cincinnati Children's Division of Psychology  
    • Cincinnati Children's Division of Psychiatry
    • Cincinnati Children's College Hill Campus Residential Treatment Program provides a safe and nurturing environment for children and adolescents who need a longer period of treatment than can be provided in an inpatient setting. The program is for children ages 9 to 17 whose stay is between one to 12 months.  
    • Surviving the Teens, developed by the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children's, provides information, resources and support to help guide teens and families. 
    • Applied Behavioral Services, located in Cincinnati and Dayton, works with children at risk ages 2 through 21. They serve families in need of behavioral support or counseling in the home or community as well as school districts that need support services, behavioral consultation, training or placement options. They work with children who have a diagnosis of ADHD, Asperger's, Autism, ODD, Bipolar or other related developmental disabilities.
    • Beech Acres Parenting Center provides mental health and counseling services including peer support, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and psychiatric services. They also have case management specialists to coordinate services for at-risk children and their families at school and in the community and navigate available mental health resources.
    • Butler County ESC offers a Wraparound Program which is a team-based planning process intended to provide individualized, coordinated, community based, culturally competent, and family-driven care. Wraparound is the service coordination mechanism available to families with any of the following:
      • Families of children with complex needs who are involved with multiple child and family-serving systems.
      • Children who are at risk of placement in institutional settings
      • Children who experience behavioral, emotional, or mental health issues.   
    • Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio provides mental health counseling to children and adults. 
    • Central Clinic in Cincinnati provides evaluation, behavioral therapy and counseling services for children and adults. Central Clinic is an eligible provider for various private insurance carriers and public insurance such as Medicaid and Medicare.
    • Child Focus supports individuals and families in Clermont County and Brown County through their Behavioral Health Care and Early Childhood Divisions. Their Clermont County Crisis Response Team offers crisis intervention, education, referrals and follow-up services. 
    • The Children's Home of Cincinnati program includes mental health services reach out to children with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. From intensive day treatment programs to outpatient counseling, they offer assessment, therapy, early childhood treatment, day programs and partial hospitalization.    
    • CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services, a program of Envision located in Hamilton County, offers school-based and home-based behavioral support consultation and programs.
    • Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology website provides an online search for psychologists by area, psychologist or specialty area.
    • County Mental Health Boards provide information and links to agencies providing prevention and treatment programs and support services for your child and your family:
    • Key Behavior Services, located in Dayton, is a provider of applied behavior analysis services. They have in-home programs, staff training and school consulting.
    • Life Worth Living provides specialized and collaborative care related to Eating Disorders, DBT, and other specialties listed for children, adolescents, adults, and their families in the Cincinnati area. Their treatment incorporates an integration of emotional, relational, behavioral, and mental health for the whole person.
    • LifePoint Solutions in Cincinnati combines Clermont Counseling Center and Family Service of Cincinnati to provide comprehensive counseling services.
    • Lindner Center of HOPE, located in Mason, Ohio, is a private, non-profit facility providing mental health care diagnostic and treatment services in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region. They serve adolescents, adults, and senior adults who need mental health and substance abuse care and provide outpatient services, short-term, hospital-based inpatient services as well as longer-term, private, voluntary live-in-services. 
    • Mental Health Access Point (MHAP), a division of Central Clinic, provides assessment, support, and connections for individuals and families in Hamilton County who do not have insurance but need mental health services. MHAP does not refer patients who have Medicaid or private insurance.
    • Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio maintains a list of known area support groups for people who share similar mental, emotional or physical health care problems or life situations.
    • Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Locator, a nationwide tool for locating mental health services.
    • MindPeace For Children's Mental Health, a project of the Junior League of Cincinnati in collaboration with Cincinnati Children's, is working with community members to significantly improve the mental wellness of children in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. This website contains information on education, resources, support groups and events. They also have a comprehensive online database of mental health providers.
    • Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services has comprehensive program information and resources.
    • Positive Leaps, located in West Chester, Ohio, provides day treatment, mental health assessment and counseling services to young children and their families, child behavior coaching for parents, and training services to professionals throughout the greater Cincinnati region.  
    • St. Aloysius provides mental health counseling and offers foster and adoptive services, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment. St. Aloysius has two affiliate provider agencies: Forensic and Mental Health Services and Community Counseling and Crisis Center. They provide 16 services within 22 different programs. 
    • St. Joseph Orphanage provides ACT Case Management Services, therapeutic foster care, day treatment, crisis stabilization unit, intensive outpatient treatment, mentoring and after-school programming.
      • The Altercrest Campus has behavioral and intensive residential treatment and community transition programs.
    • Talbert House, Cincinnati, offers a variety of support programs including drug and alcohol treatment services as well as comprehensive wraparound services and mental health counseling and psychiatric services. They also operate a Camp Possible, a summer camp for their clients connected to their case management services.
    • Trumpet Behavioral Health, located in Dayton, provides ABA therapy for autism and other disorders with challenging behaviors. They provide consulting, education, and training for parents, educators, and healthcare professionals. Their services include center-based, in-home intensive, social skills groups and school consultations.
    • Yoga Life Skills, Blue Ash, provides yoga therapy for mental health and wellness. Yoga therapy is carried out by a specially trained yoga therapist, Shelley Goldman, MS, BSN, RN, LICDC -CS, who has training above and beyond yoga teacher instruction. Call 513-428-9642 for more information.
    • Women's Crisis Center, Cincinnati,  provides crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence.
    • Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities has comprehensive child, adolescent and adult programs. Services are provided through Kentucky's 14 regional Boards for Mental Health or Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (Regional MHID Boards). You can find contact information for your local board on this website. There is also a listing of community mental health crisis lines, arranged by  county. There are comprehensive programs available for children and adolescents including:
      • Early Childhood Mental Health Program provides evaluation, assessment and therapeutic services for children birth to age 5. They assist with identifying and accessing community resources and work through the local Healthy Start in Child Care office.
      • Youth Transition into Adulthood addresses the needs of youth with emotional or behavioral problems who are transitioning from youth to adulthood. Planning for adult life is challenging for everyone but is often especially challenging for youth with a disability. They may have difficulty accessing needed services and supports to allow individuals to live independently and pursue their vocational and social goals.
      • Kentucky IMPACT is a statewide program which coordinates services for children with severe emotional disabilities and their families. Services include school supports, in-home services, respite amd coordination with other service providers.
      • IMPACT Plus is available to increase the variety and availability of community-based service options and to decrease the need for inpatient care. Services include after-school, summer programs, behavioral health evaluation, day treatment, group therapy, individual therapy, case management, and therapeutic residential services.
    • Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio maintains a list of known area support groups for people who share similar mental, emotional or physical health care problems or life situations.
    • NorthKey Community Care, located in Northern Kentucky, provides a continuum of care for those needing mental health, substance use disorders and intellectual disability services. There are 18 locations throughout Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton Counties, including an inpatient hospital for children. Many of these services receive support through local, state and federal grants. Medicaid and Medicare are also potential payer sources for some services.
    • MindPeace For Children's Mental Health, a project of the Junior League of Cincinnati in collaboration with Cincinnati Children's, is working with community members to significantly improve the mental wellness of children in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. This website contains information on education, resources, support groups and events. They also have a comprehensive online database of mental health providers. 
    • Community Mental Health Center is a provider of comprehensive mental health services, offering inpatient, outpatient, home-based, school, and community-based programs to individuals and families in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties in Southeastern Indiana. Their services are organized by county. They accept Medicaid, private insurance and self-pay.
    • Centerstone provides community-based behavioral healthcare and offers a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and educational services in South Central Indiana. You can find a listing of their locations throughout Indiana.
    • Cincinnati Children's, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, offers a variety of social skills and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) groups. Call 513-636-1273 or email latoya.jackson@cchmc.org for more information. 
      • Social skills groups are designed for children, ages 5 to 17, with challenges including Asperger's Syndrome, social communication problems or social anxiety. 
      • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a short-term specialized behavior management program designed for young children, ages 2 to 7, experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties and their families.
      • Learning Executive Skills and Problem Solving (LEAP) groups are designed for children, ages 7 to 12, with attention or impulse control difficulties. 
    • Cincinnati Children's, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, offers social skills groups for boys, ages 9 to 12 and girls, ages 13 to 17. They also have groups on building healthy attitudes and behaviors for girls ages 11 to 13. Call the Psychiatric Intake Response Center, 513-636-4124 for more information.
    • Beech Acres Parenting Center in Cincinnati provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) classes.
    • Child Focus supports individuals and families in Clermont County and offers Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) classes.
    • Lifespan in Hamilton, Ohio offers Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) classes.
    • NorthKey Community Care in Kentucky offers Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and social skills groups.
    • American Association of Suicidology has information and resources on understanding and preventing suicide.
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll free suicide prevention service. Call 1-800--273-TALK (8255).
    • Ohio Suicide Prevention, supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health, promotes suicide prevention through education and resources.
    • SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has comprehensive information and publications on suicide prevention. 
    • SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education information on suicidal and depression basics, suicide prevention and coping with loss.

    Children and adults with developmental disabilities may also have mental health needs requiring intensive behavioral supports. Contact your local Ohio County Board of Developmental Disabilities to see if you qualify for services.

    The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is also looking into establishing a limited number of New Futures Waivers to specifically target:

    • Children with developmental disabilities under age 14 who need significant behaviorally focused interventions, which could include individuals having a diagnosis that falls within the autism spectrum, and/or individuals with a dual diagnosis of developmental disabilities and mental health/severe emotional disturbance
    • Children who meet the level of care provided in an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded (ICFMR Level of Care)

    Ohio Mental Illness Developmental Disabilities Coordinating Center of Excellence (MIDD CCE) helps communities build their knowledge and resources to serve individuals with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and developmental disabilities. The center, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, will help coordinate regional resources for dual diagnosis assessment, trainings and grant funding.

    National Association for the Dually Diagnosed provides education, information, and training on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

    The federal Mental Health Parity Law will require that health plans offered by employers with more than 50 workers will have to treat mental health benefits the same way they handle coverage for physical health care. For example, if a company health plan offers 30 days of inpatient coverage for cardiac care, then it must offer 30 days of inpatient coverage for a mental health diagnosis. Also, if a plan offers out-of-network coverage for physical health care, it must do the same for mental health care. The law also ensures that substance abuse treatment is covered. The law will eliminate the discriminatory copayments, deductibles and other restrictions that had been used to reduce coverage for mental illness. It will prohibit health plans from setting limits on number of visits or hospital days for mental health problems that are different from any such limitations on treatment for medical problems.

    Screening tools are available online free of charge to assist parents and professionals in assessing mental health issues. However, concerns should always be discussed with your healthcare provider. A mental health diagnosis is made only after consultation with a qualified professional.

    Mental Health / Behavior 



    Substance Abuse

    • CRAFFT screens for adolescent substance abuse issues.