If my teen shows up at your Crisis Shelter, will you let me know?
Yes. It’s our policy to contact parents/guardians within 24 hours of a teen arriving at Huck House.
Can I visit my teen while she’s staying at the Crisis Shelter?
Yes. We encourage interaction as much as possible, and we believe that our program is most effective when the whole family is involved. You will be invited to participate in family counseling sessions, and you can also stop by at your convenience. Other family members, including grandparents and siblings, are welcome to visit, too. Teens may even attend outings with you or with other family members or friends, with your permission. In general, it’s a good idea to let us know when you’re planning a visit so we can be sure your teen is here—we go on many different group outings and most of our teens do attend school and work.
How long can my teen stay at Huck House?
Teens typically stay with us for about five days. But every situation is unique. We are always working toward resolving family issues and reuniting families whenever it’s safe and possible to do so.
Are your counseling services only for teens who stay in the Crisis Shelter?
No. Many of the teens who stay in our Crisis Shelter are referred to Our Family Support Program for ongoing counseling. But our counselors provide individual and family counseling for other Central Ohio families as well. We work with families struggling with all types of issues including trauma, substance abuse, identity confusion, and immigration and assimilation problems. Learn more about our Family Support Program.
What do your counseling services cost?
There is no cost to the families we serve. If you have Medicaid, your benefits will cover your counseling. If you don’t have insurance, the cost is covered by the Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County. Currently, we cannot serve families with private insurance, and we will refer those families to another program.
Can I participate in counseling with my child?
Yes. We like to offer a combination of individual and family counseling. So it’s likely we’ll meet with you and your teen separately. We also hold family sessions where we will work with you and your teen together along with other members of the family who would like to participate.
What if my family can’t make it to your office for counseling?
That’s not a problem. We can meet you at your home, at your child’s school, or even at the park if that’s best for you. We offer counseling services during they day as well as evenings and weekends to fit your family’s schedule.
Important Resources for Parents
Below are links to some of our most popular parent resources. If you have additional questions about how we can help, click here to learn more about our programs. Or give us a call at (614) 294-8097. You can also call our 24/7 Crisis Hotline (614) 294-5553 for immediate crisis assistance.