Child & Adolescent Services

We understand that children and youth have their own distinct needs. 

We have a Children’s Unit Designed Specifically To Meet Their Needs. 

We understand that children and youth have their own distinct needs. We have a Children’s Unit designed specifically to meet their needs. Our Children & Adolescent Unit provides services for children with severe behavioral disturbances, mental illness and/or substance abuse problems.

Through our partnership with the Education and Treatment Council, we are able to provide 24 hour a day crisis services utilizing the Children and Adolescent Response Team (CART) model. You can access this service by calling the 24/7 hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-272-8367.

CART CRISIS SERICES

CART provides crisis services for youth under the age of 18 and their families. Licensed professionals and trained screeners intervene in crisis situations based on established CART procedures. Services are provided to the family within the least restrictive setting, while maintaining safety for all involved. If necessary, youth in crisis who cannot be maintained within their home setting, may be offered out-of-home respite through Harbour House. Through this program, families are preserved and strengthened and the youth experience improved functioning in the family, social, and educational environments.

WHEN TO SEEK HELP FOR YOUR CHILD?

Parents and teachers are usually the first to recognize that a child has a problem with emotions or behavior. Still, the decision to seek professional help can be difficult and painful for a parent.

The first step is to gently try to talk to the child. An honest open talk about feelings can often help. It is important to note that listening to your child is often more important than “talking to” your child. Parents may choose to consult with the child’s physician, teachers, members of the clergy, or other adults who know the child well.

The following may indicate that help from a sensitive and caring licensed behavioral health professional is needed. It is important to note that changes in your child’s behavior or mood should raise some level of concern, particularly if these do not resolve within two weeks.

Signs to look for:
  • Marked decline in school performance
  • Severe worry or anxiety, or chooses not to take part in activities that are normal for the child’s age
  • Frequent physical complaints – stomach ache or headaches
  • Hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
  • Marked changes in eating habits, such as a sudden decrease in appetite or weight loss
  • Prolonged sad, negative, or angry moods
  • Difficulty with concentration, poor attention, forgetfulness
  • Clingy behaviors; difficulty separating from caregivers
  • Persistent disobedience or aggressive behavior toward teachers or other adults in authority
  • Frequent, unexplainable temper tantrums
  • Threatens to harm (self-cutting) or to kill oneself or others
  • Complains persistently of being bullied
  • Displays physically aggressive behaviors, such as fighting or property destruction
  • Delinquent behaviors such as truancy, theft, vandalism
  • Strange, unusual, bizarre thoughts or beliefs

If problems persist or if others involved in the child’s life are concerned, then consider seeking a consultation with a licensed mental health professional, such as a social worker, psychologist or child/adolescent psychiatrist. Your child’s physician or pediatrician can also make a referral for your child.

WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENT ARE AVAILABLE?

Effective treatment approaches are available. Psychosocial therapies are also called “talk therapies” or “behavioral therapy,” and they can help children and adolescents change behaviors. Play therapy may also be helpful with younger children. Family and parent therapies that teach parents and children coping strategies can also be effective.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that can be used with children. It has been widely studied and is an effective treatment for a number of conditions and is especially useful when treating depression and anxiety in children and adolescents. Additionally, therapies for Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are numerous and include behavioral parent training and behavioral classroom management.

Some children may benefit from a combination of “therapy” approaches used with medication.

Our staff will talk with you about any recommendations for medication for your child. If medication is recommended, he or she would also discuss potential benefits and side effects to help you in your decision making process.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR SERVICES?

Our qualified staff of physicians, nurses, licensed mental health professionals and addiction specialists will provide you with treatment services which are evidenced based and proven effective while our trained peer support specialists provide you the support you need to help you on your journey to recovery, living a healthy and productive lifestyle. We prioritize admission for pregnant women and intravenous (IV) drug users.

If you, or a loved one, are in need of services please contact one of our offices near you for assistance:

 

Behavioral Health

Developmental Disabilities

COST OF SERVICES

We offer services to everyone without discrimination as to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or marital status, political beliefs, veteran status, or any other non-merit factor. Fees are assessed according to a sliding fee scale based on income and number of dependents. There may be a charge for urine screens or co-payments fees. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and payment plans are available for those with the ability to pay. We are happy to assist you with determining your cost/fee plan.

IMCAL Services:
  • Access Services – Crisis Services, Assessment/Evaluation, and Referral
  • Outpatient Counseling- Individual, Family and Group Therapy
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Management
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment for substance abuse
  • Referral to inpatient programs
  • Referral for detoxification
  • Drug Screens
  • Medical Assessments and referral
  • On-site pharmacy services and patient assistance programs to reduce medication costs
  • Support Groups
  • Aftercare Services
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • HIV/STD/TB Screening Services
  • Evaluation/Treatment for Compulsive Gambling
  • Medicaid Application Center to assist you with your application

Our Mission

Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority (ImCal HSA) exists so that citizens with mental health, addictions, and developmental challenges residing in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis are empowered, and self-determination is valued such that individuals live a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life.

Better Health Care is Our Mission

24/7 service. Same Day Appointments are Available.

One Lakeshore Drive Suite 2000

Lake Charles, LA 70629

info@imcalhsa.org

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