For Crisis 24/7/365 • Dial 988 Suicide & Crisis Line • Call 855-581-8111 • Text 855-895-8398 Visit
Allamakee · Black Hawk · Butler · Chickasaw · Clayton · Fayette · Floyd · Grundy · Howard · Mitchell · Tama · Winneshiek Proudly serving 12 northeast Iowa counties
Find youth services assistance, including prevention and education, early identification, assessments, interventions, and more.

Children’s Behavioral Health Service Funding Requirements:

  • Individual in need of services is under the age of 18
  • Custodial parent is a resident of the state and child is physically present in the state
  • Family income is below 500% Federal Poverty Level 
    • 150% - 499% FPL subject to a cost share for some services
  • Child has a diagnosis of a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)


For more information please contact: 

Emma Hall, Children’s Behavioral Health Coordinator 

Getting Started: Service Coordination

Our service coordinators will work with you to secure funding and connect your child to local providers to address their mental and behavioral health needs. To access this service, contact your local service area supervisor:

Emma Hall: 641-251-1043 
Children’s Behavioral Health Coordinator 

Sheri Vierkant: 641-251-1381              
North Service Area Supervisor 

Sarah Janssen: 641-251-1703           
South Service Area Supervisor 

Monica Paulsen: 319-505-3991 
CSS Transition Specialist

Children's Behavioral Health Services:

Outpatient services including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy can be accessed through our Community Mental Health Centers.

Find Your Community Mental Health Center

Efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and nature of conditions or situations which affect an individual’s functioning in society. Convey info about the cause of conditions, situations, or problems, that interfere with occurrence or reduce their effort and may include training events, webinars, presentations, and public meetings.

Activities that increase awareness and understanding of the causes and nature of conditions or factors which affect an individual’s development and functioning. Ask us about our Mental Health First Aid classes.

Early Identification
The process of detecting developmental delays or untreated conditions that may indicate the need for further evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation
A clinical review by a mental health professional of the current functioning of individual using the service in regard to the individual’s situation, needs, strengths, abilities, desires, and goals to determine the appropriate level of care.

Early Intervention
Services designed to address the social, emotional, and developmental needs of children at their earliest stages to decrease long-term effects and provide support in meeting developmental milestones.

Youth Crisis Services

*SED diagnosis not required to access crisis services

Mobile Crisis Response
On-site, in-person interventions for those experiencing a mental health crisis. This service is free to access for all youth and adults in the CSS region. To access this service, call Your Life Iowa: 855-581-8111

Crisis Stabilization Community-Based Services
A program designed to stabilize an acute crisis episode and to restore an individual and family to their pre-crisis level of functioning.

Crisis Stabilization Residential-Based Services
Short-term services provided in a facility-based setting with the goal to stabilize then reintegrate the youth back into the community. The first five days of services are covered for all children in CSS region, regardless of financial status. Following the first five days, families may be subject to a cost share based on financial eligibility.

To access residential crisis stabilization services, please call your closest youth crisis stabilization provider and request a CSS crisis bed. From there, the provider will conduct an assessment to determine program eligibility for services.

Brownstone Youth Services


1402 Logan Ave., Waterloo, Iowa 50703


Francis Lauer (YSS)

50 N Eisenhower Ave, Mason City, IA 50401

Behavioral Health Inpatient Treatment
Utilized to stabilize an individual with an acute psychiatric condition.

Mercy One North Iowa


1000 4th St. SW Mason City, IA 50401


Mercy One Waterloo


2750 St. Francis Dr. Waterloo, IA 50401

Documents & Next Steps

If you are interested in the program, visit our Documents & Policies page to review our policies and procedures, rights and responsibilities, privacy practices, and more. You can also fill out an online pre-screen form or download an application.

Documents & Policies

This page was printed from the County Social Services on July 19, 2024. For the latest information, visit