Children & Family Programs

Children & Family Programs

Families are the heart of everything we do.

Meridian Health Services works closely with schools, physicians, the juvenile justice system and state agencies to help strengthen Indiana families through outpatient and home-based services.

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. We help children with emotional or psychological needs, foster care placement, addiction issues and other behavioral health needs.

  • Family centered services
  • Intensive family preservation and reunification services
  • School-based services

Child Advocacy Center

By the numbers

  • Cases accepted for prosecution have tripled since the Child Advocacy Center opened in 2007, from 27% to almost 80%.
  • In Indiana, two children die from abuse every month.

child advocacy center

The Gresham Center includes a regional Child Advocacy Center, which offers interviews and investigations of children who have experienced abuse.

The Child Advocacy Center allows community law enforcement and legal teams to pursue reports of child abuse more effectively in an environment designed to keep children’s comfort and well-being as a top priority. The Gresham Center maintains a caring and healing environment for victims of child abuse.

Meridian Services’ Child Advocacy Center has received full national accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance. Only four of Indiana’s 21 facilities have met the rigorous standards to receive this accreditation.

Family Centered Services

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

  • 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

FosterHope is Meridian Health Services’ specialized foster care program for Indiana children in need of emotional or mental health support. The therapeutic program 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 provides clinical services (therapy and case management) to foster children and clinical support to foster parents, including 24/7 access to behavioral support, crisis intervention and emergency respite.

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

Intensive Family Services

Intensive Family Services helps 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)

Meridian Health Services can 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
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