Home Again is a program to help families with emotional crises, mental health and other behavioral health problems. The program is designed to help reduce the risk of children being removed from their home and placed in foster care. Home Again lasts a minimum of six hours per day, six days per week (Monday through Saturday) for approximately two weeks, and family participation is required.
Through a combination of individual, group and family counseling and support, Home Again helps families learn important recovery skills including effective communication, esteem-building, problem-solving, coping strategies, resisting peer pressure, goal setting, medication management, healthy parenting and more. Services are provided in a home-like atmosphere in Gordon and Gilmer counties. Additional services may be provided in the home, at school or other locations in the community, depending on the family’s preferences and needs.
What Home Again provides
Home Again teaches families how to solve problems. Children learn ways to handle stress and other problems that may cause them to act out, so they can focus on what’s important. Parents learn ways to work with their children to help them at home and school.
- Parents must go to Home Again with their children; other family members (brothers and sisters) can also come. Children will have individual and group counseling, and so will parents. There is also counseling for the entire family.
- Besides teaching families to solve problems in a positive way, Home Again helps any family member (parents, child, brother or sister) recover from mental illness or stop drinking or using drugs.
- Your family will also learn where to get help with other things like food, housing, rides, child care, utility bills, school or other problems you might have.
When you participate in Home Again, your family receives the following services:
- Behavioral health assessment – every person receiving services is seen by a psychiatrist
- Crisis intervention
- Individual and group counseling for youth
- Individual and group counseling for parents/guardians
- Family counseling
- Parenting education
- Referral to other community services as needed
Who Home Again is for
Home Again is a program for families in crisis or at risk due to emotional problems, behavioral health issues, mental health or substance abuse problems. Home Again provides services to the entire family including children and adolescents (ages 8-18), and their siblings and parents.
If you answer yes to any other following questions, the Home Again program may be able to help:
- Are you having a hard time with your child or teen?
- Does he or she refuse to do what you say, talk back, swear and yell at you, or hit family members or pets?
- Does your child get in trouble at school, get bad grades, skip class or refuse to go to school?
- Does your child talk about hurting himself or herself, or do things like cutting or hitting things?
- Is anyone in your family drinking or using drugs – your child, you or any other family member?
- Does the way your child acts make you or other family members feel sad, scared, mad or depressed?
Home Again has an efficient referral process – families can refer themselves and can often be seen as soon as the next day. Referrals can be made by anyone, including the local Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), a community member, a physician, a teacher, juvenile court/truancy court, or a local behavioral health provider.
For more information, or to make a referral to the Home Again program, contact one of the Home Again locations below. You may also visit the Referral Forms page or download a Home Again referral form here.