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 through in-person services in your home, school, or community space - we meet you where you are!

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.


Please note we are unable to accept new referrals at this time.
​We apologize for the inconvenience.

​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. 


Service recipient(s) must:

  • have a Medicaid Managed Care Plan as their primary insurance provider (a referral cannot be accepted without a valid Medicaid number).
  • reside in a current service area: 
    • ​​43204 zip code (Hilltop area)
    • 43211 zip code (South Linden, Linden Proper stopping at E Weber Rd. and East Linden)
    • Portions of 43123 zip code (Most of Grove City Proper and Urbancrest)
    • Arts Impact Middle School Students and their families
    • Hamilton STEM Academy Students and their families
  • ​be at least 4 years of age.


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

  • Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment

  • Mental Health Assessment

  • Therapeutic Play

  • Early Childhood Mental Health

  • Home Based Services

  • 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 
    (NOTE: Our in-agency psychiatric services are for YAS Behavioral Health and Foster Care Clients ONLY, we do not provide psych only services to clients receiving services with other entities.)

Referrals can be made by calling the YAS office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM or by using this referral form online

Phone: (614) 258-9927
Fax: (614) 745-1964

Our Director of Behavioral Health, Ann Hemphill, is available to answer any questions regarding the BH program and current service areas. Contact her directly by calling (614) 285-3765 or email

To best accommodate our current clients, we are not accepting new referrals for our Behavioral Health program at this time. 

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