Supporting Children & Families in Crisis

Our Services

For more than 120 years, we've been helping families in crisis. Providing traditional and intensive care residential treatment, Cleveland Christian Home helps children to live in less restrictive environments, whether that's foster care, another facility, or if possible, home. Our goal is sustainable recovery from trauma. CCH staff participate in ongoing professional staff development and training, but equally important, our team has the heart for our work, which is essential. 

Traditional and Intensive Care

CCH Residential Treatment Facility

Cleveland Christian Home has provided a safe place for kids for over 120 years. Founded as an orphanage in 1900, CCH has evolved into a residential treatment center for children and youth, and a resource for families facing disruption. Like our founder,  Rev. Henry Timme, a Pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we cannot ignore children in crisis and will work to provide therapy in a setting where clinically sound care, compassion, and dignity guide our programs.

Open Residential Treatment

Open Residential Treatment has the capacity to serve 30 males, ages 6-17, who are
moderate– to severely emotionally disturbed.

Most of those referred to our program have a
history of severe abuse or neglect, and unruly behavior and/or delinquency problems, and come to us from foster care, other residential centers or psychiatric hospitals. During
placement, our residents develop coping skills and learn to use self-control to change
unacceptable behaviors and to grow psychologically and emotionally.

CCH’s residential treatment programs have as their primary goal helping our residents
develop the skills necessary to function well in a family environment and in the community.

CCH utilizes trauma informed, evidence–based, and culturally competent  treatment approaches.

Intensive Residential Treatement

Secured Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) provides services for up to 16 males ages 6-17, who have a serious emotional
disturbance and are in temporary need of a highly supervised and restrictive environment for their own safety and/or that of others. Most of these youth will be receiving psychotropic medications.

The primary focus of the Intensive Treatment Unit is on the provision of services that strive to move the child from secured intensive residential care to a less restrictive environment as quickly as possible. 

Average length of stay ranges from five to eight months, based on treatment progress.

ITU provides a trauma informed, therapeutically safe and responsive environment to help residents regain control of their lives.


Shelter Care

Youth who are involved with the Juvenile Court are usually struggling with a
multitude of problems. These young people often come from unstable or dysfunctional households, and do not receive supportive
parental guidance. Parent-child conflicts and domestic violence are not uncommon.

With a primary goal of stabilizing behavior and returning youth to law abiding conduct, CCH’s main focus is to address physically or verbally aggressive actions and criminogenic risks as youth await a juvenile court case.

CCH achieves this through a strength-based approach that targets specific behaviors, attitudes, and needs. Residents reflect on their past misdeeds and are held accountable for their actions.

Shelter Care youth participate in a daily group that addresses: basic life skills, development of pro-social life goals, financial literacy, consequences of continuing illegal behavior, drug/alcohol prevention and education about job skills.



Making a Difference

Community-Based Programs at CCH

Cleveland Christian Home recognizes that seeking treatment may be difficult for a number of reasons: cost, transportation, stigma. Further, the problems and challenges faced by one family member tend to affect the entire household. Therefore, Cleveland Christian Home began providing community-based services in 1995 – the value of meeting the families where they live or the children in the schools they attend – is immeasurable.

Family Preservation

Also known as Intensive In-home Services (IIHI) are concentrated, in-depth crisis intervention programs that support families with children at moderate to high risk of abuse, neglect, and imminent removal from the home. Therapists help the family to stabilize in the short- and long-term, and provide highly individualized interventions that can be used on an ongoing basis.

Family Reunification

This program helps to reintegrate children into the home after a period of living in an out-of-home placement), and include a combination of individual and family therapy, case management, and community support. The child and family must demonstrate significant progress in the resolution of issues and ability to continue safer, healthier family functioning.

School-Based Programming

Professional clinicians are officed at select schools to provide consultation and prevention services for children facing emotional and behavioral challenges. Services  include prevention and/or debriefing groups, consultation and evaluation, individual therapy, and Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST).

Family In Need of Services Program

Family In Need of Services Program (FINS) are much like the Intensive in-home services, but is geared toward families in less immediate or imminent risk of disruption.

Parent-Teen Conflict Services

Parent-Teen Conflict Services (PTC) are a short-term, structured interventions that include a family assessment, case management, emergency crisis response, community service coordination, supportive family and/or individual therapy, youth skills training, and follow up evaluations. This program is targeted to families with teens aged 13 years of age or older, who are experiencing pronounced conflicts which cannot be resolved without professional intervention.

Resource Family Support Services

Resource Family Support Services (FSS) are flexible, intensive intervention for families with whom a child has been placed and is demonstrating behaviors that may lead to disruption or removal. These services are targeted to foster families, adoptive families, or extended biological families who have taken in a child not originally from their family unit. These families often feel powerless to cope with the needs or behaviors of that child, and therefore, require supportive services.

Stories of Success

Life After Trauma