COVID Behavioral Health Services Centerstone can help families with children who have experienced increased mental health needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a grant awarded by the State of Illinois and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centerstone’s COVID Behavioral Health Services helps uninsured and underinsured families in Illinois receive the help they need for their children’s mental health. COVID Behavioral Health Services FAQs Who does COVID Behavioral Health Services help? This program serves families with children and adolescents, ages 5 — 21 who are uninsured or underinsured and have had their mental health negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to special grant funding from the State of Illinois and SAMHSA, we are able to provide services for anyone experiencing any mental health issues due to COVID-19. As COVID-19 spread and schools closed their doors, parents of school-aged children had to adjust quickly. For many, the idea of trying to work full-time, remain a dutiful employee, and also now educate their children was overwhelming. Many of these feelings have only increased as quarantine has continued and have been amplified by the beginning of a new school year. As feelings of fear and anxiety persist, children and adolescents may begin to act out or exhibit other worrisome behaviors. As experienced caregivers implementing evidence-based therapeutic techniques, Centerstone can help families navigate these unsure times. Some common concerns (newly developed or increasing) are: Anxiety, worry or depression Isolation or disinterest Self-harm or thoughts of suicide Difficulty sleeping or concentrating Thoughts of hopelessness or suicide Changes in sleep or eating patterns Frustration, irritation, short-temper or angry outbursts Crying or talking back Property destruction or physically acting out A decrease in school performance or other school stress How does COVID Behavioral Health Services work? Centerstone provides individualized therapeutic interventions that meet the needs and interests of the individual or family. Needs commonly addressed include depression and anxiety, family issues, social problems, social-emotional learning and resilience building. These services provided to address needs can include: Individual counseling Family counseling Workshops and other services to support parents Art therapy Bibliotherapy (use of books) When you fill out the contact form or call 1-877-HOPE123 (877-467-3123), you will be connected with a Centerstone staff person who will discuss your family’s individual needs and walk you through the process of getting started. Where is COVID Behavioral Health Services offered? This program is offered in the Metro East and Southern Illinois areas. Centerstone, like the rest of the nation, is very concerned by the threat COVID-19 presents to those we serve. As always, the health and well-being of our clients, staff, and the community is our main priority. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure some appointments and services are being conducted via telephone or telehealth (video). What does COVID Behavioral Health Services cost? In most cases, the services offered to families is free. The COVID Behavioral Health Services was established from a $360,000 grant given by the State of Illinois and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant was designed to help uninsured and underinsured families receive the care they need and covers the cost of that care. How do I get started? To get started with this program, fill out the contact form or call 1-877-HOPE123 to get connected with a Centerstone staff person who can identify your needs. How can I get more information? We understand that asking for help can be scary. You likely have additional questions about how we can address your family’s specific needs. All calls and information are kept confidential. To ask questions or gather more information, fill out the contact form, or call 1-877-HOPE123.