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.
Oaklawn, The Children’s Campus offers multiple specialized residential programs, including dialectical behavioral therapy and programs for sexually maladaptive youth.
Oaklawn has the region's largest network of professional staff specializing in care for youth. We offer the following outpatient services:
Our psychiatric services team includes psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and psychiatric nurses who oversee medical treatment. These services include:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Oaklawn welcomes opportunities to partner together with our community. If you would like to be in dialogue about collaborative opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.