Children & adolescents

Services for children and adolescents

For most, childhood is one of the happiest times in a person’s life, filled with laughter, play and carefree days. But for some, these formative years are a time of stress, anxiety and uncertainty. We have expertly trained staff who specialize in the unique needs of youth, helping them face the real problems of a grown-up world.

At Oaklawn, we put a special emphasis on including the family in our children and adolescent services, as we believe this is the best and most effective approach for long-term success that strengthens the entire family.

Intensive residential services

Oaklawn, The Children’s Campus offers multiple specialized residential programs, including dialectical behavioral therapy and programs for sexually maladaptive youth.

Outpatient programs

Oaklawn has the region's largest network of professional staff specializing in care for youth. We offer the following outpatient services:

  • Individual, group and family therapy, using leading evidence-based practices, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and more.
  • Care facilitation and skills training
  • Wraparound services
  • Medication management
  • Assessments
  • Evaluations

Psychiatric services

Our psychiatric services team includes psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and psychiatric nurses who oversee medical treatment. These services include:

  • Evaluations
  • Prescribing medications
  • Answering questions about medications, including side effects
  • Helping with medication refills and medication samples
  • Helping with the Patient Assistance Program for medications

Wraparound services

Wraparound is the individualized planning process used most often for families with children/youth with intensive needs who are involved in two or more child-serving systems. It organizes the unique set of community services and natural supports — both formal and informal — that are individualized and “wrapped around” the child and family to achieve a positive outcome.

There are two programs through which children and families can enter wraparound services: Children’s Mental Health Wraparound (CMHW), through the Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addiction, and the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI), through the Indiana Department of Child Services. Each program has its own eligibility and exclusion criteria, and you can learn more by clicking the links above or by contacting us.

Entry into either program begins with contacting the Access Site at 574-246-9102. Families or system partners in St. Joseph or Elkhart counties can make referrals by calling the number above between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

New Hope Adolescent program

The New Hope Adolescent program is a 28-week intensive substance use treatment program for adolescents with a moderate to severe substance use disorder. Participants learn about substance use, how it affects families and individuals and skills for recovery. 

Camp Mariposa

Oaklawn, in partnership with the Moyer Foundation, operates Camp Mariposa, a free weekend overnight camp that supports children ages 9-12 who are impacted by substance use in their families. For many campers, one or both parents struggle with a substance use disorder. Camp Mariposa gives children the knowledge, tools and coping skills to prevent them from developing an addiction of their own and to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction. Campers participate in traditional camp activities, as well as therapeutic and educational sessions. Camps are held every other month, and children are encouraged to attend multiple times. For more information about Camp Mariposa, contact Liz O'Connor at 574-533-1234, ext. 3298.

Collaborative programs

Oaklawn partners with schools, community agencies and other organizations to provide behavioral health services in a variety of environments and contexts. Some of our partnerships include:

  • Schools
    • Oaklawn partners with Elkhart Community and Goshen Middle Schools to provide system of care facilitators to assist in accessing mental health or other community services for children.
    • Oaklawn also partners with South Bend Community Schools to provide STAND (Students Taking a New Direction), a grant funded evidence-based Student Assistance Program that targets prevention of drug and alcohol use.
  • Partnership for Children- A collaborative effort among youth serving agencies in Elkhart County that identify youth who may need early intervention. 
  • Department of Child Services and Juvenile Justice – Oaklawn provides a number of contracted services to children, youth and families that are a part of these systems, including:
    • Diagnostics and evaluation
    • Child-parent psychotherapy
    • Counseling
    • Addictions treatment
    • Supervised visitation
    • Home-based therapy
    • Home-based casework and support
    • MRO assessments
  • Foster and Adoption Resources – Oaklawn provides opportunities to become resource parents for children in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties who are unable to live with their biological families.
  • The Family Gateway – Oaklawn is partner of The Family Gateway, a regional network whose website provides mental health resources for families, educators and professionals.

Oaklawn welcomes opportunities to partner together with our community.  If you would like to be in dialogue about collaborative opportunities, please contact us at info@oaklawn.org.

Accessing services

To begin receiving services, contact us at 574-533-1234 for Elkhart County or 574-283-1234 for St. Joseph County, or toll-free at 800-282-0809. One of our specialists will work with you to determine the best fit for services. 

Schools in St. Joseph County can make referrals here.

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