Youth Advocate Services
Promoting Positive Futures

Through our team of licensed professionals, YAS provides the highest quality of Community Based Behavioral Health Services. These services, offered in Franklin County, are delivered in outpatient settings, including children’s and their family’s natural environments such as their home, substitute care setting, school, and community.

Referrals to our Behavioral Health Services often arise out of behavior management issues in the classroom as well as other needs that present when children acclimate to school and other life stressors. Contact us to see if YAS collaborates with your child's school to provide in-school counseling/case management. 

The overarching philosophy of YAS’ Community Based Behavioral Health Program is to promote the recovery and resiliency of persons with behavioral challenges or mental health issues through prevention, education, and support services. The goal is to assist the client in developing skills that promote socially appropriate functioning in family, community, and academic settings, following the recovery model of healing.

We provide easy access to faster, simpler, effective and more comprehensive behavioral health care by having in-agency psychiatric services, including medication management.

Funded by the individual’s Medicaid Health Plan, YAS provides the following services and interventions to 4 to 65+ year olds:

  • Individual Counseling

  • Group Counseling

  • Family Counseling

  • Family Support/ Education

  • Family Reunification Counseling

  • Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment

  • Mental Health Assessment

  • Therapeutic Play

  • Independent Living Assessment

  • Early Childhood Mental Health

  • Home Based Services

  • LifeBook Group Activities

  • Full Clinical Assessment

  • Individual Treatment / Planning

  • Clinical Social Work

  • Positive Behavioral Intervention

  • Public School Special Education Testing Advocacy 

  • School-based Behavioral Interventions and Academic Support

  • In-Agency Psychiatric Evaluation and
    Medication Management

  • Discharge Planning (including, but not limited to: Transition to Family Home or Foster Family Placement, Support for Treatment Foster Parents, Skills Training for youth, and Supportive Therapy for youth)

If you believe you, or someone you know, may benefit from our Community Behavioral Health Services, please contact us today.

To learn more about how we can individualize your service plan, call our Director of Behavioral Health, Ann Hemphill, at 614.610.4191 or email her at

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