On October 4, 2012, Seasons Center for Behavioral Health received official notification from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau, they were one of thirteen new grantees awarded funding for the Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Substance Abuse. Seasons will receive $500,000 per year for five years under this grant award.
The purpose of the project is threefold: (1) to more effectively meet the social and emotional well-being of children who have experienced maltreatment, exposure to violence, and/or trauma; (2) to promote and implement trauma-informed, evidence based programs that build upon protective factors of children and families; and (3) to create a trauma-informed system of care.
In rural Northwest Iowa, specialized services to address trauma, have been limited for children and families. The expansion of Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) and the addition of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), along with the implementation of screening and assessment processes will significantly increase the capacity of human service agencies and other providers to effectively respond to the treatment needs of children and families. Through these types of evidence-based approaches, children and families can receive appropriate trauma-focused care that will allow them to improve well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes. A psychologist and trauma-informed care coordinator will be hired with grant funds to assist with implementation of project activities.
Seasons has been a provider of behavioral health care services, since 1959, in rural Northwest Iowa for families experiencing traumatic life events, such as; child abuse and neglect, traumatic death of a parent, incarceration of parent and/or caregiver, domestic violence, complex trauma, natural disasters, and the on-going effects of parental/caregiver substance abuse and mental health conditions, to name a few.
Seasons will be working in partnership with the following child and youth serving systems: the Iowa Department of Human Services-Western Service Area; Juvenile Court Services-Third Judicial District; Third Judicial District Court Services; Greater Sioux Community Health Center; United Community Health Center; and Sheldon Residential Treatment Facility. Seasons and the regional partners for this project will provide leadership and support on behalf of their respective service systems to continue to build collaboration among child and family serving agencies between child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile court, corrections, and other child health and human service agencies.
The central office for Seasons is located in Spencer, Iowa. Additional clinical offices are located in the communities of Spirit Lake, Estherville, Rock Rapids, Sheldon, Sibley, and Emmetsburg. Satellite offices are housed in medical facilities in Storm Lake, Primghar, and Sioux Center. Comprehensive programs offered include: psychiatric services, out-patient therapy, case management, community-based services, behavioral health intervention services, domestic abuse intervention, consultation and education, in-patient treatment for mental health, peer support, and out-patient programming for substance abuse.
To learn more about this grant and other services offered by Seasons, contact Kim Scorza, Executive Director, at 1.800.242.5101 and visit Seasons web site at www.seasonscenter.org.