Children's Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK)

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Established in 1882, CHNK Behavioral Health is a premier provider of behavioral health and substance use treatment services. Outpatient and residential services are designed for individuals who have experienced mental health disorders, addiction, abuse, neglect, or other serious trauma. Operating out of three convenient locations in Northern Kentucky, our team of 100 healthcare professionals takes a trauma-informed and family-focused approach to treatment, annually impacting over 2,900 individuals across the region.

  • Therapeutic Academic Services - In partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS), we marry traditional academic services with therapeutic treatment services for high-risk middle and high school students unable to navigate a traditional school environment.
  • Day Treatment Services – In partnership with CIPS, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, and Boone County Schools, we provide comprehensive therapeutic and academic care to students in grades K-12 who have mental health disorders that impact their ability to navigate a traditional school environment; this approach to education creates an environment in which students with behavioral health needs can better manage anxiety, emotions, problematic behavior, and mental illness while still engaging in learning.
  • Prevention Services - Our Pillars of Support program benefits Erlanger-Elsmere students aged 10 to 14; the program helps students develop positive social skills and healthy recreation habits, work towards academic success, and address behavioral health needs.
  • Outpatient Services - Launched in 2012, these services benefit children, adolescents, and adults who have mental health barriers, need addiction treatment, or are exhibiting other behaviors that have negatively impacted their daily lives at home, in the classroom, in the workplace, and within the community.
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - We offer multiple IOPs that follow a structured, trauma-informed, and evidence-based approach to therapeutic care for adolescents, teenagers, and adults who need help recognizing, managing, and overcoming mental health and/ or substance use disorders.
  • Targeted Case Management - For youth and families requiring assistance outside of their behavioral health needs, our Targeted Case Managers provide individualized attention that helps connect each client and family with other community resources and/or services that may be beneficial to them.
  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment - We provide 24/7, residential care for boys aged 8 to 17 who are experiencing one or more significant mental health diagnoses and are either at risk of psychiatric hospitalization or have been discharged from a psychiatric hospital. (CHNK is the only behavioral healthcare provider in Northern Kentucky licensed to provide this care.)
  • Private Child Care (PCC) Residential Treatment - This program provides 24/7 therapeutic care for male youth between the ages of 7 and 17 who have been removed from their families of origin due to substantiated cases of abuse or neglect and are now in the custody of the state.

 CHNK is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The agency has also been identified as a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant, committed to transparency.

We are also the first behavioral health services organization in Kentucky to earn the national HRC Foundation's All Children—All Families (ACAF) seal of recognition for our commitment to supporting and serving all youth, with specific cultural competencies regarding youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ); in 2019, we achieved "Innovator" status - the top tier of recognition.

Additionally, in November 2018, CHNK became the first behavioral health services organization in Kentucky to earn certification in the internationally recognized Sanctuary Model. The Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed approach to care, emphasizes safety and recovery from adverse childhood experiences through the active creation of a trauma-informed community.

CHNK was also one of eight inaugural organizations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky to earn a Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equity designation in 2018. This designation identifies CHNK as having a diverse workforce representative of the region, strong gender balance at all levels of the organization, fair pay practices, and an inclusive, supportive work culture.

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Children's Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK)

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Children & Family




(859) 261-8768

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