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Children & Family Programs
Meridian Health Services provides a wide array of services to families and works closely with other entities in the community including schools, physicians, the juvenile justice system and state agencies. Services range from outpatient individual, family and group to home-based services which are geared to keeping at-risk families together or reunifying them. In addition, Meridian has a System of Care Program that coordinates both natural and agency supports in the community for families so that their children are able to stay at home and thrive.

The Suzanne Gresham Center  


Meridian Health Services provides complete treatment services for East Central Indiana’s children and their families at the Suzanne Gresham Center facility in Muncie. Services assist children with emotional or psychological needs, foster care placement, addiction issues, and other behavioral health needs. Gresham Center programs include family centered services, intensive family preservation and reunification services, and school based services.

Child Advocacy Center

The Gresham Center also houses a regional Child Advocacy Center (CAC). This location offers interviews and investigations of children who have experienced abuse. The environment was designed with the child’s comfort and well-being as a top priority. The CAC allows the community law enforcement and legal teams to pursue reports of child abuse more effectively. Most importantly, the CAC at the Gresham Center is a caring and healing environment for a victim of child abuse.

Meridian Services' Child Advocacy Center has received full national accreditation by the National Children's alliance. At this time, only four of Indiana's 21 facilities have met the rigorous standards to receive this accreditation.

More information about Child Advocacy Center

Family Centered Services

This community-based program is designed establish positive, long-term support by introducing families to available resources within the community. Family Centered Services offer family assessments, goal planning and individual services.

Services include:

  • Parenting and homemaking help
  • Mental health education
  • Daily living training
  • Case management
  • A referral to individual, group or family therapy
  • Coordination of services with schools


FosterHope is Meridian Health Services’ specialized foster care program for Indiana children in need of emotional or mental health supports. It is a therapeutic program that recruits, trains, and licenses new foster families within the State of Indiana.

FosterHope strives for a reduction in the level of therapeutic care that a foster child requires with the hope of reunification and reducing the overall time in foster homes. FosterHope will provide clinical services (therapy and case management) to foster children and clinical support to foster parents

Foster parents will have access to behavioral support, crisis intervention, and emergency respite 24/7/365

To learn more about participating in FosterHope, call Meridian Services at 1-866-590-8220.

More information about FosterHope

Intensive Family Services

This is a specialized program designed for families who are at risk of a child being removed from home or anticipate a child returning home from an alternative placement.

Community Alternative to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (CA-PRTF)

This is a high level service designed to help families avoid residential placement of a child or facilitate a child’s quicker release from residential placement.

  • Identifies the emotional and psychological needs of the child and family
  • Child must be 6-20 years old and have completed an assessment
  • Services can include crisis and family counseling, training and support, respite care and substance abuse care
  • Length of services based upon needs and progress


MeridianMD offers primary family medical care for children and adults including physicals, treatment of illnesses, pediatric immunizations and screenings.

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Helping Kids with Behavioral Problems

A new partnership in Muncie will make it easier for families and child care providers to get help with children's behavioral issues.

Meridian Health Services' Suzanne Gresham Center and Huffer Child Care Resource & Referral are working together and have designated a few early childhood experts, with the help of Carrie Bale, executive director of BY5 Early Childhood Initiative.

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