Managing Behavior with Healthy Skill Building

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) is a home-based skill building program that helps children and teens learn to make healthy and positive choices. BHIS providers help kids learn developmentally appropriate ways to manage their behaviors. This is done through educational skill development and maintenance associated with mental health and behavioral concerns such as:

  • Anger Management
  • Relational & Communication Skills
  • Coping Skill Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Healthy Emotional Expression
  • Decision Making 

By bringing the entire family together for BHIS services, clients improve their communication, manage unhealthy behaviors, and build stronger relationships. BHIS services can help with:

  • Poor Listening & Communication Skills
  • Anger & Aggression
  • Defiance
  • Building Self-Esteem & Confidence 
  • Making & Maintaining Positive Relationships 
  • Developing Skills to Cope with Anxiety & Depression 




To Qualify, BHIS Clients Must 

  • Be aged 3 to 21-years-old
  • Have Title XIX (Medicaid) 
  • Be located in Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Mahaska, or Marion county 
  • Have a mental health diagnosis or participate in a mental health assessment at Hope Hall 


Commonly Asked Questions

How can BHIS help my child?

Using trauma-informed interventions and activities, our BHIS Counselors teach children age-appropriate ways to manage their behavior. This support is provided within the home each week to help children learn the skills that work best in their environment.

Will BHIS help my entire family?

We emphasize working with not only the individual child, but bringing together the entire family. Using this method, families improve their communication, manage unhealthy behaviors, and build stronger relationships. We can partner with you to improve your family’s overall quality of life and help your child achieve successes that once seemed out of reach.

How long does BHIS last?

Counselors typically meet with families for an hour-long session each week. Accommodations can be made based on mental health needs and individual/family circumstances. BHIS authorizations are generally 3 or 6 months long, and YESS can apply for additional reauthorizations, if needed.  

Is BHIS the same as therapy?

BHIS services are intended to improve skills and supplement what your child may be doing in therapy. This program will be most effective when done in conjunction with therapy services. For information about YESS’ other therapeutic services visit our main Hope Hall page


Learn More

Caring team members are available to answer any questions you have about BHIS counseling and Hope Hall mental health services. Call 515-557-2256 to speak directly with Hope Hall staff.



Get to know the BHIS Team at YESS