Behavioral Health Intervention Services

What is Behavioral Health Intervention Services?

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) Providers assist children in learning age appropriate ways to manage their behavior. The skill instruction may include: behavior management, relationship skills, communication skills, problem solving skills, etc. BHIS Providers will also work with the family, including education and support in coping with the child’s mental health symptoms and management of the child’s behaviors. To be eligible the child must be between the ages of 3-20 and have Title XIX (Medicaid).


LifeWorks is happy to still be able to provide mental and behavioral health services to families amidst the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place in our state. All of our providers, including school-based therapists, therapists in both Ankeny and Des Moines offices, and BHIS workers are providing Telehealth services. These can take place through video or audio options and are simple to set up. Many therapists still offer in-person services as well. We recognize that this is a time of increased stress and worry for families. Please know that LifeWorks is here to support the mental health needs of all members of our community.

BHIS can help with:

  • Poor listening/communication
  • Being disrespectful
  • Not following directions
  • Verbal/physical aggression
  • Truancy
  • Substance use
  • Delinquent behaviors

Many of these unhealthy behaviors can lead to unwanted participation in the Juvenile Court system and/or DHS. BHIS can be a valuable tool to help prevent involvement in the court system or help families make necessary changes once they have become involved.

Services can be provided in the following ways:

  • Individual sessions with the child in the home
  • As a family, addressing family dynamics and how those dynamics affect the child
  • As a crisis intervention to de-escalate situations where the child is upset or acting out

How can BHIS help?

BHIS providers teach skill building that help reduce or end problem behaviors. They assist children in learning age appropriate ways to manage their behavior.

These services are action-oriented in which a child and their family work with their provider and demonstrate the skills being taught. Interventions focus on conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, relationship skills, and communication.

For information about BHIS, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Taking the first step is easy. Call us at 515-255-8399 to schedule an appointment.