How to Make a Referral
At Columbus Behavioral Center, we strive to provide a convenient Admissions process. For more inform
What programs do you offer?
Do you accept private insurance? If so, how much will they pay?
How can I get my child in the program?
When I make a referral, what information do you need?
How are most adolescents referred?
Do you take sexual offenders?
What are the IQ requirements?
What documents do I need to bring on the day the child is admitted?
Do you offer free assessments?
When a child is admitted into our program, our admissions staff places the child into the program that best meets their needs and eligibility. For children on Medicaid, there are specific criteria that must be met to have a residential benefit. We accept males and females ages eight to 18 into our residential programs. In addition, we offer a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, which increases the development of behavioral skills that help residents build relationships, manage emotions, and cope more effectively with various life problems.
Some private insurance programs will pay for residential services. Contact our Admissions department for specific eligibility requirements for each program. When a child joins our program, he or she is then matched to a therapist and the groups that meet his or her treatment goals, such as chemical dependency groups, abuse, etc.
Yes, we accept private insurance. Each company differs on what they will cover, how long, and the benefits, so please call our Admissions department to determine what the residential benefit is for your insurance provider.
The best thing to do is contact our Admissions department at 800.562.5213 to discuss the specific details of your child, our bed availability, and the next steps needed to get the child enrolled.
When you have spoken to someone in our Admissions department, they will ask you to fax information regarding the past six to nine months of treatment for the adolescent. This includes the following information: a recommendation letter from a psychiatrist, IEP/IQ, immunization records, outpatient records, and patient history including treatment plan, physical and psychiatric assessment. This information can be faxed to 812.314.3718.
Our referrals come from a variety of sources. Sometimes parents are concerned about their child, so they contact us directly. In addition, we often get referrals from case workers, probation officers, and other supportive agencies in the child’s life. Most of our residents come directly from an acute stay at a psychiatric hospital because they need extra time to learn the necessary skills and to address their issues before going back to a less restrictive environment.
Yes, we have children who have a history of acting out in a sexual manner. These children are monitored closely for such behaviors and will receive therapeutic support to address this issue. However, if a child has an extensive history of acting out sexually, the child would be better served by a facility that specializes in this issue.
In order to benefit from our program, a child needs to have a minimum IQ of 70 as determined by psychological testing. If the child’s IQ is below 70, he or she would be better served at Damar or Options in Indianapolis.
When the child is admitted, please bring with you contact information, immunization records, proof of guardianship, a driver’s license and your insurance card.
Our facility specializes in residential treatment, so we don’t have free assessment services at our facility. We do have close relationships with acute hospitals Valle Vista in Greenwood (800-447-1348) or Meadows in Bloomington (800-972-4410) which offer free confidential assessments for all ages.