Regional Mental Health Center
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Regional Mental Health Center Provides Youth & Child Mental Health Services

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New patient appointment
24 Hour Crisis


Regional Mental Health Center offers a number of mental health services and support services for families, youth and children. If you or your child needs immediate crisis assistance, call our hotline at 219.736.7200 or 888.398.7050, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Outpatient Services

Regional Mental Health Center child and adolescent outpatient counseling programs provide treatment for children and adolescents who live at home and are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. Child, adolescent and family treatment is individualized and intensive. Specialized groups are conducted after school and day groups are provided in the summer months. Professional staff work in concert with the family, schools, advocates, community resources and local and/or state agencies to meet the unique needs of children and adolescents. Treatment plans are designed to assist children and their families to learn healthier ways of interacting with each other and in the community. Children and adolescents, 4 years – 18 years of age, either in school or on homebound status or those suspended/expelled or in jeopardy of being suspended or expelled are accepted.

School Counseling

We provide services for children and families in their schools by therapists and a case manager. Therapists are on site and involved with children through individual, group and family treatment. They work closely with school staff to address behavioral problems that are interfering with the educational process. Therapists are part of the case conferencing process for children in Special Education.

Head Start Consulting Services

Our Behavioral Health Specialists provide case management services to children and families in the Head Start programs. They assist families to obtain community resources and any specialized needs the child may have within the Head Start program and/or in entering the public school system.

Gambling Addiction Services

Regional Mental Health Center offers counseling services to clients as young as twelve years old. Group sessions may range from six to twelve sessions, while individual sessions are arranged to fit the client's schedule and can last as long as eight months. Our state endorsed gambling treatment providers are licensed addiction professionals. Thanks to state funding, Regional is able to offer gambling addictions services on a sliding fee scale, making them affordable to all those in need.

Child Case Management Services

Case managers provide services for children and families who are enrolled in counseling services. They assist families obtain community resources and any specialized needs the child may have to ensure their growth and development along with therapy services.

IV-B Services (DCS Referred Services)

Regional Mental Health Center’s IV-B Services program provides intensive, home-based therapy services to families who have a child or children that are in danger of being placed out of the home. Families are assisted with needed individual and family therapy and crisis counseling. Placement Diversion therapists are available to the referred families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as needed. Services are referred through the Lake County Department of Child Services Title IV-B funding.

Circle Around Families

Regional Mental Health Center’s strength based, wraparound/case management services are provided to children and families through the Circle Around Families program. By collaborating with various caregivers and coordinating services, this program reduces the frustration many families experience when their child is involved with more than one Social Service agency.


HOMEBUILDERS® is an evidence-based program designed to strengthen families in order to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement or return children from foster care, group care, psychiatric hospitals, or correctional institutions. Families served by Regional Mental Health Center’s intensive, in-home, family therapy model have children in imminent risk of placement, or have children in placement whom cannot be reunified without intensive services. The presenting problems may include child abuse, neglect, family conflict, juvenile delinquency, and child or parental developmental disabilities and/or mental health problems. Services are provided in the home from 8-10 hours per week for a period of 4 weeks.

Families and Divorce: Working It Out

This four-hour educational program is facilitated by professionals from RMHC who have experience working with families in transition. Attendance by both parents is required by the Civil Division of the Lake Superior Court within 60 (sixty) days of filing for divorce for parents of children under age 18. Meeting sites alternate and take place from 6 until 10 p.m.

Cost is $50 per person, cash or money order only

Advance Registration is required. Click here for a printable registration form and for more information.
Register by phone at 219-392-6038 or 219-736-7271.
Class size is limited; first come, first served until class is filled.

With more than a dozen locations, Regional Mental Health Center serves Lake and Porter counties as well as residents from throughout Indiana and Illinois with emergency mental health services, mental illness treatment, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment programs.


Strawhun Center

8555 Taft Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
Fax: 219.769.2508

Stark Center

3903 Indianapolis Blvd.
East Chicago, IN 46312
Fax: 219.392.6998

Outpatient Services

4016 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN 46327
Fax: 219.937.9086

2600 Highway Ave.
Highland, IN 46322
Fax: 219.972.9104

1441 East 84th Place
Merrillville, IN 46410
Fax: 219.794.2010

7783 E. Ridge Road
Hobart, IN 46342
Fax: 219.945.3673

Geminus provides our administrative services. Reach them at 219.757.1800

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