Starting July 1st 2021, American Home Finding Association (AHFA) will provide Children’s Crisis Stabilization Residential Services and Crisis Stabilization Community Based Services.
AHFA will reserve five shelter beds reserved for the Residential Based Service. The service is voluntary and short term. Referrals can be accepted from all referral sources and the use of the service is for children in need of a safe and secure environment which is less intensive and restrictive than a hospital.
The Residential Based Services will align with the existing shelter program with a focus on the child’s mental health and stabilization. The Community Based Services will align with the current diversionary program. Individuals in Community Based Services will receive services including, but not limited to, psychiatric services, medication, counseling, referrals, and linkage to ongoing services. The Residential and Community Based Services will be accessible 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The goal is to de-escalate a crisis situation and stabilize the child while engaging their family in the process.
Children’s Crisis Stabilization Residential Services and Crisis Stabilization Community Based Services are provided to children in designated counties through South Central Behavioral Health/Country Rural Office of Social Services and south East Iowa Link. The proposed counties to be served for community based services are Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Van Buren, and Wapello.