Francis Lauer Community Services

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)
BHIS is available to youth under 18 with Title 19, and is designed to improve skills associated with the impact of a mental illness. This service is always offered as part of a comprehensive clinical treatment plan. Skill development will focus on areas of needed improvement. Focus is placed on family as well as individual skill enhancement.

 
  • Addressing the problems of children and parents within the context of family
  • Providing skill development services including but not limited to Aggression Replacement Training
  • Reducing out-of-home placement for youth
  • Strengthening the family

Juvenile Court Community Treatment Network
This program is available for youth involved with Juvenile Court Services age 18 or younger. It focuses on:

 
  • Addressing the problems of children and parents within the context of family
  • Providing skill development services including but not limited to Aggression Replacement Training
  • Reducing out-of-home placement for youth
  • Strengthening the family

Life Skills
This is a six-week program for youth involved with Juvenile Court Services, and attendance is mandatory. Groups focus on:

 
  • Building Positive Character Traits
  • Goal Setting (how to plan and achieve goals in life)
  • Respect and Empathy
  • Listening and Communication Skills
  • Anger Management Skills based on Aggression Replacement Training Curriculum
  • Substance Abuse

Transitional Living Program
Youth who are aged 16-21 and not involved with juvenile justice or the child welfare system are eligible for participation in this program. It provides skill development for adolescents and young adults in areas of problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, coping skills. Life skills, such as money management, acquiring employment or accessing further educational opportunities, establishing stable housing, etc... are also a focus of the Transitional Living Program.

Family Empowerment Program
The Family Empowerment Program (FEP) is a 21 day intensive program designed to help families from Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Worth and Winnebago counties that are experiencing a crisis with the youth in their family. Family contact is made within 48 hours of referral. During the 21 day involvement, a Family Empowerment Specialist will have contact with the family two to three times per week in the family's home or at another appropriate location. The goals of the program are to address the immediate crisis and stabilize the family so that out of home placement for the youth is not required and create Family Action Plan so that longer term issues can continue to be addressed. This is done by having a Family Team Meeting where all appropriate family members and community resources gather to reach an agreement on what issues and what services will be pursued by the family.

Runaway and Homeless Program
The Runaway and Homeless Program provides services to youth who are exhibiting runaway behaviors or who are experiencing a housing crisis. Youth must be age 18 or under, non systems-involved, and live in Bremer, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago or Worth county. The objectives of this program are to help these youth deal with individual issues, to assist them in staying safe from victimization, to work with families in facilitating the resolution of problems and reunification and to help youth make plans that will either allow them to remain in their home or to explore alternative living arrangements, including independent living, when necessary.

Outreach Emergency Services Funded by United Way
Non systems-involved youth age 18 and under who live in Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth counties may take part in Outreach Emergency Services. It provides individual and family skill building sessions over a 12 week period in order to strengthen the family's skill base in areas of conflict resolution, decision making, communication and coping skills. This program also assists the family in identifying natural and community supports that they will be able to access once this service ends