Frequently Asked Questions

Our programs and services are for anyone in a caregiving position who is struggling with the challenges of raising a child. Our programs focus on youth and adolescents who are struggling with any behavioral or mental health issue. We work to ensure complete mental wellness in the child/adolescent, and to teach parents/caregivers strategies to keep youth on track.

If you are concerned about a child’s behavior…we are here to help. From a child who will not stay in bed at night or who cannot hold their focus and follow instructions, to a child who is having aggressive outbursts due to trauma…we have crafted services to help all children in learning to manage their emotions and teaching parents and caregivers strategies to help turn negative behaviors into positive ones.

Highly trained staff at Behaven Kids will help each family identify applicable funding resources. Assistance may be available through private insurance, school districts, state child welfare agencies or Medicaid. We also accept private pay. Do not let pricing concerns stop you from making an appointment to learn more about our services.

We can help children and adolescents of all ages through our various services, such as individual/family therapy and psychiatric services. We are available to assist all levels of behavior and mental health conditions and service all different populations based on the service you are utilizing.

Behaviors range from simply not listening to directions to severe aggression. Some examples include eating problems, verbal aggression, screaming, physical violence such as hitting, kicking, and biting, property damage and destruction, potty training, bed wetting, bowel movement problems and fears, asking permission, sharing, non-compliance, defiance, anger, lying, getting along with other children and acting out impulsively.

If your child has been evaluated and has been diagnosed with a behavior disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), be assured that most of our children in the Specialized Day Program are commonly showing behaviors in these categories.

Please call the program nearest you for a free consultation and to schedule a program tour. We want every parent to feel comfortable and confident with the decision to partner with Behaven Kids. A referral from a doctor, school or counselor is not necessary.

Referrals are accepted from anyone who desires help for a troubled family – just call the program nearest you. Families can contact Behaven Kids directly, or referrals can be made through social service workers, school professionals or others.

Behaven Kids psychiatric services provides treatment for nearly every mental health concern. Below are some common mental health diagnoses that our psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treats on a continuum.

• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Adjustment Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Bipolar disorder
• Borderline personality disorder
• Conduct Disorder
• Depression
• Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
• Substance Use/Abuse
• Learning disabilities
• Schizophrenia
• Sleep problems
• Trauma

Mental health diagnoses are assessed on an ongoing basis and treated accordingly. Length of treatment is based on the overall progress and mental health stability of the patient. If medication management is a part of your psychiatric care, office visits are typically obtained on a monthly basis until stabilization has occurred.

If symptoms become increasingly worse, your psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner should be contacted so a thorough assessment can be obtained and appropriate recommendations can be provided. In some instances, your psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner will advise you to be seen as soon as possible. This may include scheduling an appointment in the office or going to the nearest emergency room.


  • Behaven Kids Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner has the ability to prescribe all psychiatric medication. You will obtain an extensive psychiatric evaluation during your first appointment to determine the best treatment option for you, including possible medication management and ongoing psychotherapy appointments.



  • Psychotherapy, involves talking with a mental health provider. During psychotherapy, you learn about your moods, feelings, thoughts and behavior. With the insight and knowledge you gain, you can develop coping and stress management skills. There are many types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach to improving your mental well-being. Your Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will determine the necessity of psychotherapy appointments after your initial psychiatric evaluation.


Group Therapies

  • Behaven Kids offers group therapies for adults, teens and children. You can ask your Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for more information if you feel you would benefit from a group therapy setting.

Each mental health condition has its own presentation, however seeking professional help is warranted if you notice:

• Marked change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns
• Inability to cope with problems or daily activities
• Strange or extreme ideas
• Excessive anxiety that is interfering with day-to-day functioning
• Prolonged depression or loss of interest or enjoyment
• Thinking or talking about suicide
• Self-harming behavior
• Substance abuse
• Extreme mood swings or excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior

Many people avoid treatment out of shame or fear, or minimize the severity of their symptoms. If you are concerned about your mental health or are concerned about someone you love, please call and schedule the next available appointment.

Behaven Kids ABA program provides active treatment services to all clients served. Each client will receive an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP), which is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and Supervising Practitioner. Specific goals and interventions are identified in the ITP, with discharge plans being developed at the time of service inception. Treatment progress and progress toward discharge goals are reviewed on a weekly basis.

The Behaven Kids ABA Program is a community based, multi-component treatment program designed to increase useful behaviors and reduce those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. The ABA program is developed to produce improvements in communication, social relationships, play, self-care, school, and ultimately employment. The program combines supportive and psychoeducational services with training and consultation. This includes but is not limited to:

• educational services
• discrete trial training
• parent education
• social skills development
• de-escalation techniques
• modeling
• reinforcement

An emphasis will be placed on individualized and intensive intervention programs for individuals diagnosed with autism or related diagnosis. The techniques utilized include prompting and modeling of behavior for children, encouragement and reinforcement of desired behaviors, and reducing behaviors that may cause harm or interfere with learning. Parent involvement is also key in the success of the children, therefore parents will receive training in order to support learning and skill practice in the natural environment. Each of these parenting practices has a solid base of research supporting its use.

The direct care staff will be directly supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Supervising Practitioner (Ph.D. or LIMHP). The direct care staff will follow the treatment plan developed by the Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed therapist in order to assist the child and parent in learning new skills. The direct care staff will provide treatment services in the clinic, home, school, day care or other community location. The direct care staff will continually assess the needs of the child and family and assist in skill development by implementing the treatment plan supervised by the Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed therapist. Weekly progress is documented by the direct care staff, and reviewed and signed off on by the Board Certified Behavior Analyst.