Lorain County Community-Based Services

Applewood Centers Inc. is a private, nonprofit social service agency that provides behavioral health and educational services for children and youth ages 6-18 and their families. Dedicated to addressing a variety of mental health, emotional and learning problems, our team in Lorain County offers an array of community-based services, including outpatient counseling, psychiatry, in-home therapy, school-based counseling, parent coaching on behavior management, and prevention and education services. Services are provided from our offices, at clients’ schools and in the home.

Behavioral Health | Counseling and Community Services

Outpatient Counseling

For children and adolescents who have mental health issues. Services are provided by licensed social workers and counselors and includes individual, family and group therapy.

School Based Counseling

Year-round individual counseling, assessment and case management services. Prevention groups for students; classroom observation and consultation with teachers, parents and other school personnel; and educational presentations for teachers, students and parents.

Youth Crisis Program

Works in collaboration with Nord Emergency Stabilization Services (ESS) when assessing youth. The goals are to decrease the number of youth hospitalized with no corresponding negative outcomes, and increase the number of youth who are connected to appropriate and available services following an emergency assessment. Staff provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations to youth who are assessed by Nord ESS or have been psychiatrically hospitalized outside of ESS, have no providers, and are at a higher level of risk. These youth also receive CPST and case management services until connected to the referred appropriate level of care. Youth who do not receive a psychiatric diagnostic evaluation receive weekly case management services until they are connected to an appropriate level of care.

Multisystemic Therapy®

Therapeutic and case management services for youth with serious behavioral problems and who are at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, as well as for youth exhibiting problematic sexual behavior.


Psychiatry Services

Psychiatric evaluations, medication management and collaboration with primary care physicians regarding psychiatric medications.

Intensive Home Based Treatment (IHBT)

Provided for children, youth and families. Clients are typically in the program for three to six months, receiving three to six hours of service per week. Afterwards, they are transitioned to less intensive outpatient care in the community. The program uses a multi-systems approach to help families creatively solve their problems and includes interventions for family preservation, cognitive behavioral therapy and wraparound services.

While working on family issues, the IHBT counselor coordinates services with the courts, schools, peers, therapists and other interested parties. The goal is to empower the family to help the youth operate functionally and safely within the community. The program includes:

  • In-home assessment
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Collaboration with other professionals
  • Ongoing consultation and monitoring
  • Aftercare planning