Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services

Our aim is to help children and adolescents reach their potential.

Healing is a Process


At Capital Area Human Services (CAHS), we reach out to help children and families to improve overall functioning and well-being. Our staff is ready to work collaboratively to develop an individualized treatment or support plan, regardless of whether the need is in the area of mental health, substance use/abuse or addiction, or developmental disabilities.


We have a dedicated team of child and adolescent behavioral health specialists unique to this region. We conduct assessments to understand factors contributing to concerning behaviors and provide evidence- based treatments that are aimed at helping the child’s caregiver and parents to improve the child’s emotional, social and behavioral health.


Many of our families have traveled a difficult road, and we understand that it can be especially difficult to admit the need for behavioral health services when the person in need is a child or adolescent. At CAHS, you and your child will be met with respect and acceptance. Our multi- specialty staff helps manage the many issues causing or arising from a child’s emotional and/or substance use/abuse problems.


Typically, CAHS provides services to children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 17. Children are admitted to our ASCEND program between the ages of 2 – 5 and they may remain until age seven. You can read more about the mental health, substance use/abuse or addiction and developmental disabilities services we provide below.

Treatment Teams


Clinic treatment teams may include a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, board certified substance abuse counselor, and nurse, based on an individualized treatment plan. The team may include other specialists, or may make referrals for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities.



Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services


Outpatient behavioral health and addictive disorders services are provided to youth ages 5-17.


Services offered:

  • Information and referral
  • Screening and assessment
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Education and counseling for emotional and behavioral health disorders
  • Education and counseling for substance abuse disorders

Accelerated Supports for a Child’s Evolving Neurodevelopment (ASCEND)


ASCEND offers comprehensive therapy to children who have been professionally diagnosed with autism. Children are admitted to our ASCEND program between the ages of 2 – 5 and they may remain until age seven.


Studies show intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training for preschool children leads to substantial improvements in a child’s social, communication, intellectual, and adaptive ability. The diagnosis must be completed by a licensed physician, neurologist, neurosurgeon, or psychologist. The agency’s Developmental Disabilities Division staff can also provide testing for a diagnosis of autism. Call 225-925-1910 for additional information or an appointment.

Other CAHS Child & Adolescent Services


  • Family supports and advocacy
  • School based mental health services at selected schools
  • Child and Adolescent Response Team (Mobile Response Center)
  • Follow-up after discharge from a psychiatric hospital
  • Treatment for adolescent substance abuse

Our approaches give hope and prepare children and their families for a brighter future.



Medicaid, Medicare, and most major private insurances are accepted. Insurance copays, deductibles, and coinsurance are due at the time of service unless acceptable payment arrangements are made.
Please call the CAHS billing office at 225-922-0838 for service coverage and benefits for private insurance. Fees are assessed for uninsured clients requesting services based on his/her ability to pay. The sliding fee schedule is based on family income and total number of individuals in the household who are dependent on that income.



Confidentiality is protected by federal and state laws. Employees are prohibited from sharing any information about clients with anyone outside of this agency, except as required by law.

Clinic Hours

Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Closed Friday – Sunday

Walk-ins may register at 7:30 a.m. for screening by a licensed clinician and may be assigned an assessment appointment that day based on availability and acuity.

For scheduled appointments or more information, call (225) 922-0445 or 1-800-590-2849.