Child, Youth and Teen Behavioral Health Services in Southeast Missouri

Navigating Life’s Challenges Together

Welcome to Elev8 (Elevate), Bootheel Behavioral Health’s youth services programs. We provide a variety of youth and adolescent services to help children learn how to understand big emotions and feelings along with techniques to help them cope. Bootheel Behavioral Health works with families to address a variety of mental health concerns including symptoms of depression and anxiety, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), grief and loss, behavioral problems, anger management issues and others.

Elev8 was chosen to represent our youth programs due to the definition of elevate – to raise or lift up to a higher position.

At Bootheel Behavioral Health, we strive to elevate our patients, our youth and our community. We want to empower young minds. Whether you found us as a parent or a child, please read about our programs and reach out to us for help if needed.

Empowering Youth Voices: Find Support Through Our Counseling Services

Bootheel Behavioral Health’s clinicians provide therapy in a way that allows the child to communicate and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. During therapy, a therapist guides conversation about what is currently going on and/or what has happened in the past to help relieve emotional stress and mental health concerns. Goals of therapy include learning skills for problem solving, learning to understand their emotions and learning different ways to cope with stressors. Therapists also help children, adolescents and parents learn skills to express themselves in a healthy manner and provide parenting, education and coping techniques that are specific to each child’s needs.

The highly trained staff can utilize evidence-based practices such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT)
  • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)
  • Motivational Interviewing

School Based Therapy Makes Getting Help Convenient

Bootheel Behavioral Health has agreements with some area school districts to provide on-site therapy for students within the district. This innovative approach allows us to provide rapid access to therapy for students with a collaborative team approach involving the students, parents, teachers and mental health clinicians. Integration helps to eliminate barriers to care and has been proven to provide better outcomes for students.

Crisis Response Services for Immediate Help

Bootheel Behavioral Health provides access to crisis services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those needing mental health emergency and temporary support. That service can be reached by calling or texting 988 or visiting

Our crisis response team is made up of Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP) with bachelor’s and master’s degrees who provide support via same day or next day face-to-face appointments, walk-ins for immediate support or via telephone or “telehealth.” Contact our main office directly at (573) 471-0800 to get started.

School Risk Assessment for Violence Prevention

If a school or juvenile officer believes a child could be a physical or psychological threat to themselves or others, they refer those students to Bootheel Behavioral Health for a Student Risk Assessment. The risk assessment is intended to prevent violence and involves both assessment and intervention. This evaluation is a component of a comprehensive approach to maintain a safe school environment and offer the student psychological services if necessary.

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Psychiatric Medical Services for Youth in Southeast Missouri

At Bootheel Behavioral Health, we offer a variety of medical services for youth and adolescents provided by Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurses or Medical Doctors who have training in mental health.

Medication Management

Medication services are provided to youth and adolescents who need psychotropic medication monitoring. These services are provided by Psychiatrists and Advanced Practice Nurses providing specialized medication services to ease the symptoms associated with mental illness.

Health Care Home for Comprehensive Care

An innovative approach to healthcare which looks at the “whole person” to improve a child’s physical health as well as their wellness knowledge by providing comprehensive care management. This delivery of health care services promotes better patient experiences and more effective results than traditional care. Health Care Home has many characteristics of patient-centered medical home care and is customized to meet the specific needs of low-income patients with chronic conditions. The overall goal is to assist children in creating healthy lifestyles by encouraging self-management of chronic conditions and assisting with the coordination of available healthcare resources needed for each individual.

The Health Care Home team includes a Healthcare Home Coordinator, Physician Consultant, Nurse Care Managers and Clerical Support. This team works closely with primary care services, psychiatric providers, therapists, community support professionals, hospitals, pharmacies and other agencies in order to provide a holistic approach to health and wellness.

Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (CPRP)

The Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program is for helping youth diagnosed with severe mental illness with goals such as school goals, work goals, social and independence related goals.

A Community Support Professional (CSP) is a mental health worker who can assist clients with goals such as succeeding in school, coping with mental health symptoms, understanding a mental health diagnosis, learning about psychiatric medications and how they help symptoms and being able to take care of oneself better by learning skills in daily living.

CSPs often meet their clients out in the community, in the client’s home, or at the client’s school to be able to see their usual surroundings. The CSP is then able to help their clients with real world skills in a natural setting that is usually more convenient than meeting only in an office setting.

The main goal of this program is to help children be successful in the classroom and become more independent. It is believed that by giving people with mental health problems extra support, they will be able to function at a higher level, avoid or decrease the need for inpatient treatment and live as independently as possible.

Youth Behavioral Health Liaison (YBHL)

A Youth Behavioral Health Liaison is a behavioral health professional who forms local community partnerships with various youth-serving organizations to address specific behavioral health needs of vulnerable children and youth. YBHLs function as service connectors for youth with co-occurring severe mental illness, substance use and/or developmental disability to link the youth and their families to services available through community partnerships.

Treatment Family Home (TFH) for Children under 18

Treatment Family Homes are private family residences that are licensed to provide out-of-home care for up to three youth, who are under age 18 with severe emotional disturbances (SED), who are not related by blood or marriage. TFH parents are specially trained, and with other family members, are expected to be an integral part of a youth’s treatment team. TFH parents provide care with oversight, structure, guidance, behavior management, medication compliance and advocacy.

This program incorporates family treatment with alternative care services which are collectively designed to provide a short-term behaviorally focused alternative to inpatient care, or more restrictive forms of out-of-home care. The program is based on the philosophy that children who grow up in a family setting are more likely to develop the self-image, values and skills that are necessary to live successfully in society.


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Lived Experience through Family Support Providers (FSPs)

Family Support Providers are certified by the Missouri Credentialing Board, have lived experience and are trained to assist the parents/caregivers of children up to the age of 25 with serious emotional disorders. They primarily provide support and services to the family to help reduce risk factors. FSPs help identify needs and barriers to becoming more successful. They develop goals, identify strengths and provide support for patients to learn and practice new skills. They also share information, offer support and model advocacy skills to assist families/caregivers with overcoming the challenges of raising and supporting a child with serious emotional disorders.

Substance Use Services

The Bootheel Behavioral Health’s Substance Use Disorder Therapy (SUD) program is provided on a face-to-face basis by a licensed/credentialed counselor to resolve problems related to substance use. Each youth or adolescent’s treatment program is designed to meet individual needs which may include individual and/or group counseling.

Bootheel Behavioral Health in Your Community

Bootheel Behavioral Health wants to start the conversation of prioritizing mental health! If you need a community presentation, crisis response services or to offer assistance to your employees involving mental health, we can work together to promote better mental health. Fill out our contact form below to get started.

Community Education and Trainings

Did you know we offer all kinds of trainings and education on children’s mental health? Bootheel Behavioral Health provides several training opportunities on topics such as Mental Health First Aid, QPR, Suicide Prevention, Stress Management, Trauma Focused, Resiliency, Depression and Anxiety. We can provide tailorized or evidence-based training sessions that best fit your needs.

We provide presentations about our services to schools, churches, civic clubs, businesses or any other organization.

Community Crisis Response

Bootheel Behavioral Health is there when the unfortunate happens, providing supportive counseling and assistance with provision of services. This includes, but is not limited to, school districts, churches, community groups, police, EMS, fire response or workplace environments that have experienced trauma.

Employee Assistance Programs

This service, available to interested employers, promotes positive mental health. Bootheel Behavioral Health will work specifically with your human resources department to develop a program to meet the specific needs of each business and their employees.

Reach Out Today

Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing compassionate and effective care to support the mental wellness of young individuals. From counseling and therapy sessions to innovative behavioral health programs, we offer a safe and nurturing environment where youth can explore their challenges, build resilience and unlock their full potential. We empower young people to navigate the complexities of adolescence with confidence and strength. Our youth services prioritize holistic well-being, fostering growth, healing and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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