Community Based Services

Independent Living

Our Independent Living program seeks to help young adults who are homeless but were in State’s care on their 18th birthday or are currently committed to the State’s care system. Serving disadvantaged youth ages 18 to 21, the program provides a safe home, with expenses paid provided the young adult is either working or attending school, or both. The program also provides assistance with:

  • Career development
  • Higher education
  • Development of independent living skills

The primary goal of the program is to help ease the transition from state custody, foster homes or residential programs into true self-sufficiency. In order to become and remain eligible for the program, all young people must be either working toward the completion of a high school diploma or GED, college or have steady employment.

This program is an essential part of ensuring a continuum of care to our youth to guarantee they become successful, contributing members of society. Ultimately, the goal for every youth is to learn the skills needed to become a successful, independent adult.

Family Preservation

The Family Preservation Program (FPP) is a short-term, family-based crisis intervention program designed to assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning while keeping children safe. Uspiritus recognizes that separating children from their families is often traumatic, and we seek to avoid these measures through therapeutic interventions and support.

The program is designed to help at-risk families by positively intervening to keep children safe so they can remain in their homes. To qualify for FPP services, families must be referred by the Department for Community Based Services and be at imminent risk of child removal or have a child in foster care returning home, and reside in the following Kentucky counties:

AllenEdmonsonMetcalfeWarren
BarrenHartMonroe
ButlerLoganSimpson

Kentucky’s FPP has been successful in reducing re-entry into out-of-home care, accelerating family reunification and promoting family well-being.

Funding for this program is in whole or in part from federal, CHFS, or other state funds.

Intensive In-Home Services

Our Intensive In-Home services can be provided to young people in the home, in the community or in our offices. Designed to help families prevent out-of-home placements and/or inpatient hospitalizations, these outpatient mental health services are available for Medicaid-eligible children and adolescents who are experiencing ongoing behavioral and emotional problems.

The Intensive In-Home method is designed to concentrate on behaviors where they take place — in the home, in the community or in school. Services include:

  • Case management
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Therapeutic foster care
  • Behavioral aide services

These services can assist in improving specific behaviors and increasing overall family functioning. Children and adolescents participating in one or more in-home services are automatically included in Uspiritus’ groundbreaking continuum of care, including access to outpatient psychiatry.

With our innovative “step up/step down” program, children can be reached before they require residential services, and can be provided with counseling after having transitioned out of a residential program. And, because each child and adolescent we serve is matched with his or her own case manager, the at-risk child will never feel alone or uninformed.

Uspiritus provides:

  • Targeted case management services: Our case managers connect vital community mental health services, individual providers and resources for the family for a wrap-around approach to caring.
  • Individual therapy: Clinicians provide personalized therapy that addresses a wide variety of behavioral and emotional problems, including trauma, conduct disorders, hyperactivity, depression, school-related issues, and grief and loss.
  • Behavioral aides: Professionals provide behavioral coaching to the young person and family focused on improving independent living, social, interpersonal and behavior management skills.

Intensive In-Home Services are available to families in the following Kentucky counties:

AllenEdmonsonJessamineSimpson
BallardFayetteLivingstonPowell
BarrenFultonLoganOhio
ButlerGravesMarshallUnion
CallowayHancockMcLeanWarren
CarlisleHartMcCrackenWebster
ClarkHendersonMetcalfe
DaviessHickmanMonroe

True Up

Uspiritus is also a founding member of True Up, a collaborative movement spearheaded by non-profit agencies in Metro Louisville to enhance services for foster youth.

This landmark partnership among Kentucky agencies brings together alumni from foster care programs who have faced the challenges of transitioning into adulthood. These now-successful adults share their experiences with the next generation of foster youth to help them overcome challenges so they may lead self-sufficient, productive, happy lives.

Other members include Boys & Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents, Maryhurst, Metro United Way, St. Joe’s Children’s Home and Sunrise Children’s Services. For more about this program, visit TrueUpLouisville.com.


From a Uspiritus foster parent: “All these preconceived notions I had about fostering teenagers were completely wrong. It really turned my world upside down. They have been the best kids, really. They have been the most helpful and more caring. Really not what I imagined. It’s tough; it’s easy to throw in the towel … but to know that I can pick up the phone and somebody is going to help me, it makes all the difference in the world.

For more than 160 years, Bellewood Home for Children and Brooklawn Child & Family Services have worked separately to nurture thousands of Kentucky’s most vulnerable children.