Children’s Services

Children’s Services


7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM

Services offered at the following locations (unless otherwise stated):

Administration Building:  227 E. Sanilac Avenue, Sandusky Michigan
Croswell Clinic: 110 North Howard Street, Croswell, Michigan

Who is eligible for Services?
Children who are Sanilac County residents, between 0 - 17 years of age, and have symptoms of Serious Emotional Disturbance and/or Developmental Disability.

Serious Emotional Disturbance
A diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder affecting a minor, resulting in functional impairment that significantly interferes with, or limits the minor's role or functioning in family, school or community activities.

Developmental Disability
A disability due to a mental and/or physical impairment, occurring before 22 years of age resulting in significant functional impairment in three or more of the following areas:  Taking care of self, learning, mobility, disability due to a mental and/or physical impairment, ability to make decisions about life, ability to live independently, and ability to hold a job.

These services are usually provided in a clinic setting on a short-term basis and are aimed at helping people manage their illness and achieve their daily life goals.  The goal is to provide caring, personalized treatment and services that promote healthy individuals and families.

Services include the following:

Crisis Services:  Crisis services are focused on resolving a crisis situation requiring immediate attention and are available during office hours, Monday through Friday at the Administration Building and 24 hours per day, 7 days per week utilizing the toll free Access/Crisis number which is 888-225-4447.

Assessment and Service Planning:  Initial and periodic assessment which may include a range of professional and psychological evaluations to determine appropriate diagnoses and eligibility for services, to recommend a course of treatment, and to develop a plan of service using the person centered planning approach.

Psychiatric, Medication, and Related Health Services:  Evaluation of mental status/diagnosis and of the need for the treatment of mental health disorders with the use of medications.  The primary goal of this service is to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and the need for continuing or changing the medication regimen.

Counseling:  Sanilac CMH offers individual, group and family therapy.  The primary goal of this service is to help reduce problem behaviors, improve self-control, increase motivation, improve emotional adjustment and improved day to day functioning.

Home-Based Services for Children and Families:  Provides intensive services to Seriously Emotionally Disturbed children and their families.  Services are provided in the home and/or in the community, minimum of two hours weekly.  The primary goal of the program is to promote normal development, healthy family functioning, support and preserve families, supports coordination and reduce or shorten length of stay in psychiatric hospital settings.

Healthy Beginnings:  Sanilac CMH's Healthy Beginnings Program is for families who are pregnant or have a child 3 years of age and/or a parent or child is experiencing mental health issues.  The primary goal of the program is for the therapist to work with families in their homes to provide emotional support as parents learn ways to help their child cope with their difficult behaviors, provide therapy to work through emotional issues and link to community resources.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT):  TF-CBT is a structured therapy model that is used across the country and has been shown to significantly decrease the short and long term negative effects of trauma.  The primary goal is to help children and families manage feelings, talk about trauma and develop a plan for feeling safe in the future by desensitizing them to the trauma through a trauma narrative.

State of Michigan Medicaid Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Benefit:  The population that qualifies for the benefit are children between the ages of 18 months through 21 years of age who have Medicaid and are believed to have symptoms of ASD.  The primary goal of this program is to provide assistance with screening, diagnosing and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment for the ASD population.

Services are provided at the Administration Building.

Wraparound Services:  The goal of Wraparound services is family preservation and independence, so families are able to operate successfully with minimal agency intervention.  A highly individualized planning process is performed by specialized case managers who coordinate the planning for, and delivery of, wraparound services and the incidental non-staff items that are medically necessary for the child.  Wraparound utilizes a Child and Family Team determined by the family, often representing multiple agencies, and informal supports.  The plan of service may include Medicaid, and Mental Health services, as well as non mental health services that are secured from and funded by other agencies.

Children must meet two or more of the following:  have involvement in multiple systems; be at risk of/currently in out of home placements; received mental health services with minimal improvement; have risk factors that exceed capacity of traditional community based options; be one of multiple children in a family served by numerous providers without meeting desired outcomes.

Wraparound services include the following:

    • Case Management:  Assessment, planning, linkage, advocacy, coordination and monitoring to assist individuals in gaining access to needed health and dental services, financial assistance, housing, employment, education, social services, and other services and natural supports developed through the person centered planning process.

Family Support Services:  Family Support Services are available for children and adults who have been diagnosed with a Developmental Disability and who reside with their families in community settings.  Family Support services offices are generally open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Month through Friday and are located at the Administration Building.

The goal of Family Support services is to maintain the individual in the family home and to avert more restrictive services or settings such as hospitalization.

Family Support Services include the following:

    • Supports Coordination:  Available for children who have been diagnosed with a Developmental Disability.  Services include giving assurance of person centered planning, linking to, coordination with, and follow up of, advocacy with and/or monitoring of mental health and community services and supports.  The primary goal of the program is to maintain the child in the family home with the least restrictive services.
    • Respite Services:  Respite services are pre-arranged during regular business hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday at the David Ehardt Center.  Respite is short-term care provided to a child/adult with a developmental disability or mental illness, who is living in a family home with a caregiver or parent.  It is a planned and coordinated service to families providing them with temporary relief from the 24-hour responsibility of care and supervision for an individual with a development disability or mental illness.  The primary goal of this service is to assist in providing temporary relief for unpaid caregivers.
    • Family Support Subsidy:  Assist in linking eligible families to subsidies and maintaining enrollment.  The goal of the program is to link families who are caring for their children with severe disabilities in their home to financial help and help maintain it.