Community & School Based Services (Linn County)

Community and School-Based Services

Youth in crisis qualify for Mobile Crisis Outreach, J-FAST, and school-based services based on their location. Our providers are available to provide rapid, skilled support services for crisis situations including thoughts of suicide, self-harm, mental health-related hospitalizations, mental health concerns, and more.

Mobile Crisis Outreach

Available in Linn county

Mobile Crisis Outreach is intended for situations where a client would benefit more from a face-to-face meeting than from a call to the Foundation 2 crisis phone line. Those situations could include:

  • Checking on an individual’s safety or well-being
  • Diffusing an emotional crisis
  • Dealing with a family crisis or situation involving more than one person
  • Assessing an individual in danger of attempting suicide

The team will respond within one hour of receiving a request (adverse weather conditions may delay response time). Private environments, like a person’s home, require two team members; in public locations like schools, businesses or hospitals, either one or two team members will be sent. Upon arrival, team members will:

  • Assess the situation
  • Attempt to stabilize and diffuse the crisis
  • Provide counseling as needed
  • Provide referrals to other Foundation 2 or community resources

This service is free of charge and available 24/7, 365 days a year.

How We Help

“Anna was extremely pleased with MCO services. She raved about the amazing job the counselors did working with them and with (her daughter). She expressed that they are used to the anxiety and panic attacks, but that suicidal ideation is new to them. They felt the counselors did an excellent job of educating them on suicidal thoughts, and appreciated the time taken to safety plan so that they were comfortable. Anna said she felt secure by how seriously our team took the suicidal statements.”

Juvenile & Family Assistance & Stabilization Track (J-FAST)

Available in Linn county

Are you considering hospitalization or committal for a child (ages 8-18) due to mental health or substance abuse concerns? Are you unsure whether to call the police, hospital or DHS? J-FAST can meet with you to discuss options.

Issues we can help with include: depression, cutting, violent behavior, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide. We can be at your Linn County location within an hour of your call.

Services include:

Immediate Crisis Response: A Foundation 2 Mobile Crisis Outreach team will respond to your home or child’s school within 1 hour.

Assessment: Case management can help quickly schedule a mental health assessment or substance abuse assessment with a licensed therapist at one of our partnering agencies. (Linn County only)

Case management: Following a visit, we will help with the coordination or services, connect you with local resources and assistance to prevent psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placement.

Referrals to other services: We can refer you to long-term support services including counseling, intervention services and more to continue progress made with J-FAST.

J-FAST is a joint effort of Foundation 2, DECAT, ASACAbbe CenterTanager PlaceHeart and SolutionsCovenant Family SolutionsFour Oaks and St. Luke’s Chemical Dependency with the common goal of serving youth with immediate mental health or substance abuse needs quickly.

School-Based Services

Available in the Cedar Rapids Community School District & Grant Wood AEA schools

Our dedicated CRCSD and Grantwood AEA case managers and trained crisis counselors help students and their families achieve and maintain stability. We report to all CRCSD schools, the hospital, and other locations within one hour of being contacted to provide crisis assessment and intervention services. We also offer comprehensive referral services to help students and their families access the on-going support they need. All services are confidential and free of charge.

How we help:

“A father voiced that during his child’s hospital stay, the child’s diagnosis had changed. Overwhelmed on how to proceed, he asked Foundation 2 to contact the school. The Foundation 2 caseworker communicated the changes to ensure an IEP meeting would be held. The parent expressed how thankful they were for the Foundation 2 caseworker’s support.”

“The Foundation 2 caseworker met with a student being discharged from the hospital to complete a safety plan. The student was able to complete the plan and discuss coping strategies they would like at school. The caseworker contacted school administrators and discussed allowing these coping strategies. The
strategies have been utilized and proven successful.”