Children & Adolescents Services
Initial appointments are available within 7-10 days for routine appointments, 2 days for urgent needs, and same day/walk-in basis for emergent situations.
LifeSkills Children’s Services programs offer the widest and most intensive array of services in Southcentral Kentucky to children, adolescents and their families. With over 60 full time clinical staff, LifeSkills, Children’s services provide outpatient treatment in a variety of settings including office, home, school and daycare. Individuals needing more intense services may receive residential or respite services in settings such as the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit or therapeutic foster care homes. The IMPACT program is available exclusively through LifeSkills, and has access to services such as respite, Therapeutic Child Support, and Service Coordination some of which are only available through LifeSkills.
LifeSkills offers the most comprehensive array of services for children and their families that are available in the 10 county Barren River region. With over 70 full time employees dedicated to meeting the needs of children and families experiencing mental health issues we offer services ranging from routine outpatient therapy to intensive outpatient and residential services. Individual programs that service the specific needs of children are available in all 10 counties. LifeSkills Children’s services is the only organization in south central Kentucky with the ability to accommodate the often changing needs of children by allowing them to move seamlessly though various levels of care with the ultimate goal of maintaining the family system and avoiding out of home placement.
We provide quality behavioral health services to our clients in the form of mental health therapy for children who are experiencing mental illness or behavior problems. Mental health services consist of individual, family, and group therapy as appropriate and clinically necessary. Services are provided in a variety of settings including the clinic, home, and school.
School based therapy
We have some clinicians who are assigned to specific schools as their primary worksite and work a schedule that parallels the school calendar in the county where they are assigned. In addition to providing individual, family, and group therapy, clinicians can also provide consultation, collaboration, and advocacy for clients when appropriate
Sexual abuse and offender treatment
Children’s Services has specially trained clinicians with advanced training in the special treatment needs of children’s and adolescents that have suffered from sexual abuse and those that have exhibited sexually acting out behaviors. Services for adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors will meet the criteria established by The Department for Juvenile Justice in most cases.
Psychiatric Evaluation and monitoring
LifeSkills has several psychiatrists and psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners on staff to provide psychiatric consultation, evaluation and medication monitoring to clients involved in other LifeSkills programs or services.
Early Child hood Mental Health Program
The Early Childhood Mental Health Program is a community resource available to child care centers, families, and community partners. The Early Childhood Mental Health Program works to improve the childhood experience of children ages birth-5 by addressing their social, emotional, and relational needs. The Early Childhood Mental Specialist provides assessments of mental health needs of children currently in child centers. Therapeutic services are provided to children and their families in the home, in the office, and child care centers. Outreach and instructional programs to caregivers and families through public and private child care centers and other groups are also provided.
Foster placement – Certified Foster parents, specially trained to work with the needs of severely emotionally disturbed children, provide a foster care placement that does not require the parents to give up custody or rights regarding their children. TFC placement allows children to receive intensive mental health services while still residing in the community and attending public schools.
Respite Care – Approved respite home providers offer a break for parents dealing with the demands of a child or children with special needs. Respite homes provide a safe and supportive home where children can go for brief periods (1-2 days generally) allowing parents and family some down time to take care of necessary tasks or just get a needed break.
Each family approved for IMPACT services is assigned a service coordinator. The role of the service coordinator is to: link resources; provide support for parental education, collaborate with other agencies, act as an advocate, and coordinate service team meetings.
Family/Peer support / Family Liaison
LifeSkills KY IMPACT provides support and education through One-on-One Parent Support. Yearly weekend parent retreats and family fun events are offered to provide educational, skill building and supportive activities. We have two types of parent support: Family Liaison and Family Peer Support Specialist. Both work with the families on a weekly basis.
Community Support Wraparound / Therapeutic Child Support
Involves planned therapeutic and mentoring activities structured around meeting individualized goals developed by the service team. TCS/CSA provides in-home support and/or parental education for the child’s caregiver as prescribed by the service team.
Regional Youth Council
RYC is a group that serves youth in the KY IMPACT program from the ages of 13-18. RYC meets once a month for 2-3 hours. The group focuses on the development of independent living, skill development, peer support and mentoring, youth leadership, and community service. RYC is designed to help youth build character and relationships, learn coping skills and develop into self-reliant adults.
Warren county (270) 901-5000 (ext. 1149)
Allen County (270) 237-4481
Barren County (270) 901-5000 (ext 1010)
Butler County (270) 526-3877
Edmonson county (270) 597-2731
Hart County (270) 524-9883
Logan County (270) 726-3629
Metcalfe County (270) 432-0234
Monroe County (270) 487-5655
Simpson county (270) 586-8826