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LSI awarded $3,000 grant for behavioral health intervention program

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) recently received $3,000 from the Storm Lake Community Chest to support its behavioral health intervention services (BHIS) in the Storm Lake area.

The grant will provide curriculum, parenting materials, training and translation services for non-English speaking families and supplies to assist families in the BHIS program.

LSI's voluntary BHIS program helps families who are struggling with

a child's behavior.

Participants learn skills to improve behavior, such as anger management, coping, decision-making, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and relationship building.

"Behavioral health intervention services can benefit children who are getting in trouble in school or having a difficult time at home," said Amy Davis, LSI service coordinator. "Children and families learn prac-

tical skills to improve and manage behavior.

"Our ultimate goal is to help children be more successful at home, in school and in their community and to help families stay safe and stable."

These services have no cost for children with Medicaid insurance, also known as Title 19 insurance.

This program could benefit a child who has a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), opposi-

tional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, reactive attachment disorder or another mental health diagnosis.

All of LSI's in-home services professionals have a four-year degree in a human services field and receive ongoing education to meet the mental health needs of Iowa families.

To learn more about BHIS services, call LSI

at (712) 263-9341.

LSI is one of Iowa's largest human services agencies and impacts tens of thousands of Iowans annually through child abuse prevention, services for families and youth in crisis, services for people with disabilities, refugee services, home health care and disaster response.

LSI is nationally accredited and serves people of all ages, genders, nationalities, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations.

For nearly 150 years, LSI has stood by Iowa's most vulnerable people, partnering with children, youth and families, people with disabilities, the elderly and people of refugee status.

The organization has helped people in times of need, strengthened families and advocatedignity and social justice for our neighbors in the community.

LSI is affiliated with Lutheran Services in America and the three Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.