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Behavioral Health Services


Provides behavioral health treatment for children who experience emotional and behavioral problems, as well as services to the family. Services are aimed at reducing the emotional distress experienced by youth while improving relationships and general functioning. Services are provided in the home and community.


1) Caregiver Connections

Caregiver Connections provides consultation and education for early childhood educators and caregivers. Outreach to care centers is conducted and those centers may then utilize the program for education regarding behavioral health issues and/or consultation focused on a specific behavioral issue. In the event that it is necessary, families are assisted in linkage to appropriate behavioral health providers.

For more information, please contact:

Christa TaubertClinical Coordinator
Email Christa here


2) Peoria Public Schools School-Based Therapy

Through a collaboration between The Children's Home and Peoria Public Schools, full-time counselors have been placed in the various schools within the district. A Children's Home counselor works at each school to address the social, emotional, and mental health needs of the students. Individuals are referred to the program by staff members, deans, parents, or by the counselor. Once the client is identified and deemed appropriate for counseling services, all attempts are made to engage their parent or guardian with in-home family counseling services. The counselor then works with these clients and their families to provide individual and family counseling, case management, referral and linkage services.

For more information, please contact:

Christa TaubertClinical Coordinator
Email Christa here


3) Family-Based Intervention

This program provides individual and family therapy to children two years old through adult with a trauma or mental health concern whose family has an open case with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and resides in Peoria, Tazewell or Woodford Counties. The client receives services to address individual concerns as well as family dynamics. Services include assessment, diagnosis, individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, support and advocacy, parent education and community outreach.

For more information, please contact: 

Faye KesselmayerClinical Coordinator
Email Faye here


4) Mobile Crisis Reponse (MCR)

MCR is a community-based program providing an assessment for children experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Youth that have no insurance coverage or who have Medicaid insurance are assessed during times of crisis to determine if community services can be utilized to avoid hospitalization. Children’s Home provides this program to Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties. If psychiatric hospitalization is deemed necessary, MCR facilitates linkage to the appropriate in-patient unit. All children screened and served in the program are referred through the CARES line (1-800-345-9049) and routed to a 24-hour on-call system. Regardless of the outcome of the screening, the youth is provided a referral to the Children's Home Tri-County Outpatient therapy program. The goal of MCR services is three-fold: To prevent unnecessary hospitalization of youth who can be served in the community, to prevent further crisis and the potential for psychiatric hospitalization and to refer for therapeutic services for youth who otherwise may not have had access to, or knowledge of this type of service.

 For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Seidl – Clinical Coordinator

5) Tri-County Child and Adolescent Services

This program is an intensive, home-based program for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges, 3-20 years old in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties. Services are aimed at the reduction of emotional distress, improvement of interpersonal relationships and improved functioning at home, school and in the community. These goals are addressed through assessment and diagnosis, individual, group and family therapy, case management, close consultation with other providers and psychiatric services as appropriate. The parent or guardian of a youth in the tri-county area may call to initiate services. Other sources such as therapists, physicians and school personnel often help to facilitate this referral.

For more information, please contact:
Tessa Pacheco- Clinical Coordinator
Lindsay CallClinical Coordinator


6) Family Support Program (FSP)

The Family Support Program is a state-funded program that provides access to intensive mental health services and supports to youth with a severe emotional disturbace. The goal of the FSP is to support eligible youth and their families by strengthening family stability, improving clinical outcomes, and promoting community-based services.

Every youth enrolled in FSP is assigned to a case managerm called the FSP Coordinator. The coordinator will help youth and their families access FSP covered services as well as understand the requirements and processes of the FSP. Services that are provided through the FSP include: case management, access to community mental health services, alternative community services, and residential treatment when it is determined to be medically necessary.

For more information about the Family Support Program to to apply, please visit the HFS website

Alyssa Phoenix-Elliot FSP Coordinator

7) Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS)

This program is a short-term placement stabilization program that provides services to children ages 0-18 years old for whom DCFS (DCFS or POS) is legally responsible who is placed in home of relative, traditional foster care, fictive kin foster care, or specialized foster care in Peoria County. Services may include: therapy, respite, family support, crisis intervention, recreation, recreation supplies, tutoring, school advocacy, and psychosocial education.

 For more information, please contact:

Faye Kesselmayer – Clinical Coordinator

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Herink – Vice President of Clinical Services
Email Stephanie here

Children's Home Association of Illinois
Administration Building
2130 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 685-1047
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