Community-Based Services

Community-Based Services support children and their families beyond traditional office settings. From intensive home-based treatments and group therapies to school-based programs, our team provides a broad range of services to support at-risk youth in school, at home and in the community.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Community-Based Services include:

Home-Based Team 

The Home-Based Team helps families when parents are at risk of temporarily losing custody of their children. The team intervenes with parent training and family preservation strategies to keep the family whole. Many families in our Home-Based program have histories of inappropriate discipline use, domestic violence and/or child physical abuse.  

Early Childhood Mental Health Program 

Therapists with specialized early childhood development and mental health training provide developmentally-sensitive screening, assessment and treatment for families with children ages birth through 6. Early Childhood Mental Health Program Services include consultation and training for educators and behavioral health providers, as well as interventions in school and home settings.   

Family Support Program

The Family Support Program offers services to children and adolescents who experienced sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, exposure to domestic violence, childhood traumatic grief and/or adolescent relationship violence.  We are a National Child Traumatic Stress Network affiliate member.


Care Connection, School-Based Health Services 


Behavioral Health services are offered in in various Central Ohio elementary, middle and high schools, as part of Nationwide Children’s Care Connection. Care Connection Behavioral Health provides consultation, assessment and treatment services as well as follow-up in the home as needed.  Prevention services are also offered.  

Integrative Family and Systems Treatment 

Integrative Family and Systems Treatment is an intensive family treatment service offered to youth who have problems in more than one area of their lives, such as home, community and school and their family members.  This collaborative approach often involves extended family members, friends, neighbors and teachers.

Family Based Intensive Treatment 


Family Based Intensive Treatment is an home-based treatment developed for patients who have had recent hospitalizations due to concerns of harm to self or others, or who experience symptoms of serious emotional disturbance.  The interventions allow youth with mental health problems to safely stay at home with their families and address the behavioral health issues that place them at risk.  


Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment

The Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment Program is an intensive community-based intervention for youth ages 11 to 17 with serious emotional difficulties and substance use issues too severe for traditional outpatient treatment. Both individual and family therapy are used. 


Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice Program 


The Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice Program, an effort among Franklin County Juvenile Court, the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board and Nationwide Children’s, seeks to keep youth in their homes. This is done by providing screening, diagnostic assessment and clinical consultation; determining the appropriate level of care; and providing referrals to services in the community.