Learn about the Critical Care Unit for Behavioral Supports (CCUBS)

The CCUBS program is an intensive service designed to support children and adolescents who experience frequent mental health crises or significant behavioral concerns. We focus on teaching caregivers the strategies they need to confidently support their child through a crisis and maintain safety in their home without walking on eggshells.

Our services are uniquely designed for youths who have not been successful in traditional mental health or behavioral services. Treatment addresses both mental health and behavior concerns by creating flexible interventions that are easy to use and continue to work long after services end. We offer 2 main types of services based on the individual’s unique needs: intensive and consultation services.

Who would benefit from participating in the CCUBS program?

CCUBS services are for children and adolescents with complex mental health and behavioral health needs, experience frequent mental health crises, and/or have high rates of unsafe behavior. Previous clients have been diagnosed with various behavioral, developmental, and mental health disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, or reactive attachment disorder.

Which service (intensive treatment or consultation) is right for my child?

A Mental Health Professional (MHP) at BDI will conduct a brief triage assessment to determine the level of intensity needed to effectively address concerns. The triage assessment consists of a brief parent interview and an in-home observation of your child. Once the MHP has completed the assessment, service recommendations are discussed during a feedback meeting. Factors that are considered during the assessment include the age of the client, severity of safety concerns, diagnoses, treatment history, and the family’s resources and availability.

What do consultation services look like?

Consultation services are highly customized to fit your unique needs. If this is determined to be the right fit for your family, a mental health professional will develop a unique treatment plan with you following the brief triage assessment.

What is the time commitment of intensive services?

Intensive services occur on Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 3-hour blocks of time in the home setting. Morning sessions can occur between 8:00am-12:00pm, and afternoon sessions can occur between 1:00pm-5:00pm based on family and clinicians’ schedule. We understand services are a large time commitment and try to integrate our services with daily life as much as possible.

How long will my family receive intensive services?

Intensive services typically last about 3 months, depending on many different factors, and services typically do not last beyond 6 months. Services last as long as they need to in order to achieve your family’s goals. Families who have graduated from our program can always contact us for additional services, no matter how long it’s been since we last saw you!

Where do the services take place?

The majority of services are in the home setting. Once families are ready to fade intensive services, we provide telemedicine services through a secure, HIPAA compliant platform.

What type of participation is required by the family?

Family members are the single most important factor in creating long-lasting change! At least one family member or caregiver needs to be available each week to participate in services. Our services are most successful when caregivers give clinicians open feedback about what works and what doesn’t work throughout the development process. Caregivers then receive hands-on training to confidently support their child.

This is just what I’ve been looking for! Where do I sign up?

The CCUBS program currently serves families in Dakota County only and requires families to have a social worker through their county. If you are interested in learning more, please ask your case manager to contact us about CCUBS services.