For Crisis 24/7/365 Call: 855-581-8111 | Text: 855-895-8398 |

Children’s Behavioral Health


  • 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)


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:

Raina Kellogg
: 641-330-5813
North Service Area Supervisor

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

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

Alison Hauser: 515-890-2856
West Service Area Supervisor

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


Outpatient services including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy can be accessed through our Community Mental Health Centers. To find your local CMHC, click the “Community Mental Health Centers” tab at the top of the site.

Prevention and Education
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, situation, or problems, that interfere with occurrence or reduce their effort and may include training events, webinars, presentations, and public meetings.

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 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.


*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 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.

Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) Woodhaven Shelter
106 16th St SW, Waverly, IA 50677

Francis Lauer (YSS)
50 N Eisenhower Ave, Mason City, IA 50401

Youth Shelter Care (YSC)
301 Ave M West Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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.

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

CSS Crisis Provider Contact Point:
Monica Paulsen: 319-505-3991
CSS Transition Specialist