Connxxions Program


Meridian Health Services’ Connxxions Program provides quality mental health services to individuals with both developmental and mental health challenges. Connxxions develops an individual’s ability to recognize when a mental health issue is occurring or about to occur. Ultimately, the individual will better their coping skills through Connxxions. Improving communication and learning through experiences are key features of the program.

Connxxions facilitates the coordination of the complex care system for individuals with both developmental and mental health challenges. Individual therapy, group settings, caregiver training, and crisis assistance are all important aspects of Connxxions.

An individual with co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability has historically been misunderstood and overlooked by the health community. To address this individual’s complex needs, Meridian Services first designed and implemented the Connxxions program in 1994 in Jay and Randolph counties. As Connxxions gained notoriety and proved effectiveness, additional providers in other counties heard about the services and wanted to participate. Today, the Connxxions Program of Meridian Health Services continues to grow across Indiana. With the addition of the Crisis Assistance Program, there are now options 24 hours a day/7 days a week to meet acute psychiatric and behavioral needs of individuals with both developmental and mental health challenges.

Connxxions Program Components

Individual Therapy

Evaluates needs and helps an individual learn coping and behavior management skills

Group Therapy

Interpersonal skill development, problem solving, and peer pressure management

Case Management

Encourages interpersonal, communication, and coping skills within the home and community

Psychiatric Services

Assists individuals in improving functionality in their environments while learning more preventable skills

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Primary family medical care services for children and adults

Behavior Management Consultation

Helps staff, family and caregivers encourage the individual to exhibit more appropriate coping skills

Emergency Services

Call 1-866-920-3272 to access the 24-hour emergency hotline when a individual is experiencing a behavioral or psychiatric emergency and needs immediate intensive services.

Sweet Connxxions Program

Meridian Health Services’ Connxxions program provides whole-person health to individuals with both developmental and mental health challenges.

Our Connxxions population has unique needs, and due to those needs, have not generally had many employment options. Sweet Connxxions is a new endeavor Meridian has created to help these individuals gain employment skills.

Our hope is that Sweet Connxxions will eventually become an independent client-run business. This dream cannot become a reality without you!

If you’d like to place an order for our Mocha Truffles and/or Champagne and Strawberry fudge, please email Aliza.mcneil@meridianhs.orgon or before Friday, May 6th.

Special thanks to Ivy Tech Community College for their partnership with Sweet Connxxions. Ivy Tech partnered with Meridian to make it possible to expand the concept of Sweet Connxxions (formerly Connxxions Angels) to include clients as well as to raise the profile/knowledge of the program. They also made it possible for Sweet Connxxions participants to attend 2016’s Rialzo and participate in the sales portion of the candy enterprise.   Sweet Connxxions participants also got to meet with the Ivy Tech chefs and students to receive lessons in food preparation.

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