Carlin Tipton, Todd Weaver Jr., Chris Liby, Clint Skirvin, Carl Masters, Todd Weaver Sr., Thomas Hampton. Not Pictured: Ryan Wilson
The Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, Inc. (YSB) would like to send a special thanks out to Mark Lefever and the KBL Transport team for their recent generosity!
Property at 609 West Arch Street was recently purchased by the YSB. Thanks to their help and generosity we are one step closer to having a nice green space for supervised visitations, outpatient play therapy, and YSB employee functions.
A couple of falls ago, I took a walk at Rainbow Bend park near the covered bridge in Ceylon, part of the Limberlost swamp. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I was having a grand time enjoying the beauty of my surroundings. I decided to get off of the marked path of the swamp and explore. There were some interesting things to see. I wasn’t worried about getting lost but I was wrong. When I turned to head back, I became disoriented. I didn’t know which way to go. I was Kimberlost (my full name is Kimberly).
My phone had died earlier on the hike and I could feel panic set in. It was crazy, here I was in the middle of the day; knowing I wasn’t far from home but I didn’t know how to get there. I envisioned myself being there at night and needing a rescue squad. I prayed and tried my phone again. Miraculously it powered up! I called my husband fully expecting to get his voicemail, because he rarely has his phone with him, but by another miracle he answered.
All of his boy scout training paid off, he said “Kim follow the flow of the river and that will get you back. I will drive over there to make sure you make it.” I have to admit there were some moments I doubted his wisdom as I headed back, at times the way just didn’t feel right. I didn’t want to trust but I had no other good options, I complied. He was right. Soon, I was back on the recognized path. A blue heron appeared and flew down the path in front of me. He seemed to be saying, “Follow me, I will lead you home.” As I rounded the end of the trail my prince in a white Ford truck pulled up to make sure I made it. I was safely home.
This experience spoke to me about being lost. It had been a long time since I had been lost. It was frightening to be so close to home but not know how to get there. I needed the support of Mike to get me home. Mike who was just a phone call away. We at YSB Outpatient Therapy Services are this: a phone call away. A phone call to offer the support to get you back on the right path, when life has gotten you lost and you don’t know which way to go. We provide services to youth, families, and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, communication, and relationship concerns. And if we can’t provide the services you need we will provide resources to head you in a hopeful direction.
Kim (berly) Baer MHS, MSW, LCSW
YSB Outpatient Therapy
YSB Outpatient Therapy
This experience spoke to me about being lost. It had been a long time since I had been lost. It was frightening to be so close to home but not know how to get there. I needed the support of Mike to get me home. Mike was just a phone call away. We at YSB Outpatient Therapy Services are this: a phone call away. A phone call to offer the support to get you back on the right path, when life has gotten you lost and you don’t know which way to go. We provide services to youth, families, and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, communication, and relationship concerns. And if we can’t provide the services you need we will provide resources to head you in a hopeful direction.
Unlike the outpatient or residential programs, home-based services seek to work with families in the primary place of need – their own home! Whether working to preserve intact families or train and support them as they seek reunification, home-based workers are equipped to help families reach their greatest potential in a variety of ways.
What Types Of Services Fall Under Home-Based?
Family Preservation Services (FPS) were introduced in 2020 as part of a state-wide initiative to reduce the number of child removals and provide more support to parents in order to keep children safe. Family Preservation provides comprehensive services including the use of evidence-based parenting models, providing concrete support for families, and intensive safety checking and planning.
Supervised Visitation provides a safe environment for children who have been removed from their home to maintain or improve a healthy relationship with their parent(s). Supervised visits may occur in the home, in public, or in an office setting according to family needs. Home-based workers provide guidance and support for parents to improve their parenting skills and promote healthy bonding with their children.
Home-based Casework and Homemaker/Parent Aid meet a variety of family needs including household management, employment, housing, parent education, mentoring, connecting with resources, transportation assistance, and a variety of other needs. Caseworkers and Homemaker/Parent Aids provide a broad assessment leading to strengths-based, goal-oriented treatment planning.
Home-based Therapy seeks to bring inner healing to children and families. Therapy may address issues such as trauma, substance use/abuse, mental health, and family dynamics. Home-based therapy is provided by Master’s-level clinicians and may occur in the home, public, or office setting.
Where Does YSB Provide Home-Based Services?
Home-based services are offered to families involved with DCS or juvenile probation. YSB Home-based programs are available throughout DCS Region 7 including Adams, Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Jay, Randolph, and Wells Counties along with Henry and Wayne Counties in Region 12. Specific services may be only be available in certain counties due to staffing and caseloads
The Keeping At-Risk Students in School program works with youth that are suspended or expelled from school, or who need extra support and guidance that are at-risk. These students participate in community service at locations around Jay County, at places like the Jay County Humane Society, Jay County Retirement Center, Arts Place, United Way, Jay County Antique Mall, local churches and libraries. Youth in this program also benefit from tutoring help, behavior management and drug prevention education.
Since the beginning of the program, the KARSS program has worked with 1,039 youth and have completed over 10,430 hours of community service. The KARSS program is currently working with 18 youth and has been focusing on completing schoolwork, walking dogs at the humane society, and helping with the bi-weekly food harvest food drive
Safe Place is a national program that assists youth in crisis. Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for youth under 18 years old. It is a national program, with 32 counties in Indiana participating. In Jay County, there are currently 16 sites! These sites include: The Youth Service Bureau, Jay County Jr-Sr High School, Westlawn Elementary, Redkey Elementary, East Jay Elementary, JRDS, Portland Fire Department, Portland Police Department, Portland Pizza King, Jay County Retirement Center, Jay County Sheriff Department, Pennville Library, Dunkirk City Building, Dunkirk Police Department, Bearcreek Trustees office, and Bryant Volunteer Fire Department. These sites are trained to be able to help youth, that may come in needing help!
When youth finds themselves in a crisis, homeless, or with nowhere safe to go, they can rest assured that Safe Place can give them the help they need. When a youth enters a Safe Place site, the training employees take them to a private, safe area and then will get an idea about what is going. From there, they will call the Youth Service Bureau to inform them that they have youth in need, and the staff at the Youth Service Bureau will tell them what staff will be coming to the site to help the youth. Once the Safe Place Coordinator gets the site, she will get more information about what is going on at home, and will help get the youth resources they need. If the situation is not safe for the youth to return home, they will be offered a place to stay at the residential home, until things are figured out at home and it is safe to return home. If the youth decides they want to return home that nights, their parents will be called and brought in, and resources will be given so that next time the youth feels to be in crisis, they will not feel the need to run away again
“The reason I initially wanted to be a part of YSB is that it aligned with my degree. I thought that YSB would help me get a good start on my career once I finished college. I knew that I would be caring for children, and that is where my heart is. The third shift does not allow me to interact with the residents often, but I do feel like the residents are a part of my life and I’m keeping them safe. I do believe in this program, and it has helped me to realize that I do not want my own classroom once I graduate. My goal is to work with children who need guidance and counseling in dealing with personal or family issues.
As far as the program goes, I think that the kids have an abundance of opportunities while being given a safe place to live. The residents can engage in extracurricular school activities and join the workforce, depending on their age. The recreation calendar is full of daily activities to keep the residents occupied and giving them the opportunity to try new things. The residents have taken trips, and they are always doing outdoor activities during the warm months. I know that there is so much more to the program. These are just a few things that I believe would spark interest because a lot of people that I have spoken with portray YSB differently. Not really in a negative way, but they see it more as a jail rather than a program providing stability and support to kids and families.
There are also plenty of free resources and training opportunities for staff. Our boss is pretty cool too.” ~Amy Wicker, Direct Care Worker, Residential
Healthy Families is excited to be part of the graduation and completion of the Healthy Families Program for 8 of our current families. All 8 families have participated in the program for at least 3 years. Families will be provided with a graduation certificate and a preschool or kindergarten readiness pack. Healthy Families Staff is guiding the families with enrolling in school and future resources.
Missy, who has participated in Healthy Families for 4 years stated, she is very happy for the support and encouragement from her home visitor. Missy has obtained her high school diploma, found full-time employment, and has visited regularly with her home visitor. Missy attends playgroups and has often provided referrals for friends to participate in the program. Missy says her home visitor was her best cheerleader. When no one else thought she could do it, Missy said her home visitor was the one supporting and encouraging her to keep going. Missy has her child signed up to begin kindergarten in the fall.
One of the success stories recently is a youth that has been in our program for the last four years. He recently graduated and will obtain his H.S. diploma in May. He told BASE staff that if it wasn’t for their support and holding him accountable he wouldn’t be an H.S. graduate. He told BASE behavioral coach, Chris Dubach – “I also wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for me during my time at base.”
Thanks to the grant support of the Randolph County Foundation, BASE was able to purchase an Insta-pot along with a food budget to purchase ingredients throughout the 2020/2021 school year! Students have enjoyed developing some life skills such as food preparation, washing dishes, and our favorite part… Eating food masterpieces! Thus far BASE students have made Buffalo Chicken Dip twice and taco soup which was served with sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, and tortilla chips.
The B.A.S.E. program is focused on youth living in Randolph County in grades 7-12..
Portland, IN Oct 2020 – The Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, Inc. received a $2,500 donation from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. The Dreams Foundation recently asked customers to nominate nonprofit organizations in their communities as a way to say thank you and give back to communities during this challenging time.
The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation is giving a total of $500,000 to 200 nonprofit organizations across the U.S.
PJ Corwin nominated THE YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU OF JAY COUNTY INC. for the dedication shown by employees to insure clients continued to receive essential services during the “stay at home order” caused by the pandemic.
“We’re thankful for the opportunity to support our local communities,” says Deb Grider, Agent. “We’re proud to make this donation and hope others will be inspired to do the same.”