Supports & Services


The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) is responsible “To ensure that Indiana citizens have access to quality mental health and addiction services that promote individual, family and community resiliency and recovery.”  In Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, DMHA has designated Oaklawn as the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) for those counties. The CMHC program was developed in the 60’s to provide mental health services to all who need them regardless of financial means and to assure that care was provided to those with serious and persistent mental illness. Today CMHCs continue to be the mental health safety net for the uninsured and under-insured in designated catchment areas. Oaklawn as the CMHC for these counties is responsible for providing a range of mental health services to children and families including crisis response, clinic based treatment, outreach treatment, family support, and prevention/screening/referral/consultation services.  This array makes up the public mental healthcare system in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties.


Between the public mental healthcare system and a vast array of private mental health providers, there are many different services, provided in many different settings, by many different types of professionals using many different treatment approaches.  With all of these variations, choosing the right mental healthcare services for a child or youth can be confusing.  Hopefully the resources provided here can help.  Click here to view descriptions of the range of services available to children and adolescents in our community and how to access them.

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