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Community-Based Services

Community-Based Services (CBS) is Tennyson Center’s fastest growing program. It began in the Denver metro area and has expanded to El Paso and Weld counties, where it has been well received as a much needed resource.

Tennyson Center’s CBS program gives hope to families in Denver County by providing in-home therapy and support to children with various mental health diagnoses and behaviors—focused on keeping kids in loving homes and creating environments where they can be safe and thrive. Families are typically in our intensive in-home program from three months to one year.

Our primary emphasis is on the family unit, focusing on family therapy, preservation of the family unit, parenting education and skills, developing structure in the home, crisis stabilization, and helping find resources. CBS has a specific crisis response team in Denver County.

This year we began a specific Denver Public Schools program where we provide one-on-one support to specific children in the classroom, coach teachers on how to more effectively interact with the child, provide family therapy in the home, and attend meetings to act as a liaison between the parents and the school. CBS serves children from 0–18 years old.

Day Treatment

Our accredited school and day treatment program serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our special education team is dedicated to providing individual instruction in academics and social skills so that students can return to a public school setting.

We serve both residential students who live at Tennyson Center, and students who live at home, but come for school and therapy. The students are served by our clinicians who provide ongoing individual and family therapy. We also offer a school-only program called Innovative Direct Educational Assistance for Learners (IDEAL) for students whose therapeutic needs are met elsewhere in the community.


We provide 24-hour residential treatment to children, ages 5-18, who are learning and developing skills to be safe in the community.

We have three residential cottages (Warren, Tilsley, and DeVita) where children live depending on their age and needs. All children in the residential program attend school at Tennyson Center.

Our clients have typically experienced abuse and neglect, mental health, and/or developmental issues. They have had several challenges in other programs and homes including their biological family home, foster homes, group homes, and other residential placements.

Family Stabilization Support

For families that need help immediately.

Special Services Unit at Tennyson Center

The Special Services Unit (SSU) provides short-term stabilization for clients who are experiencing a mental health or behavioral crisis. Tennyson Center has two SSU units that focus on clients 5-12 years old and 12-17 years old. The typical length of stay is 5-7 days, with some clients needing a longer-term stay of 2-3 weeks.

SSU works to provide children and their families with a safe environment while they are in crisis. The staff begins the process by identifying what support is needed while caring for each child’s immediate needs.

SSU goals are focused on stabilization, communication, and preparation for the next step in their treatment.

Crisis Response Team

The Crisis Response Team Program is designed to provide in-home stabilization to children and families in a mental health and/or behavioral crisis.

This team’s goal is to increase safety in the home environment and teach families how to access community resources within the first 30 days of treatment. This could include connecting families to Tennyson Center’s Community-Based Services and other ongoing services provided by other community partners.

Autism Services

Behavior Resources and Adaptive Needs in the Community and Home (

Behavior Resources and Adaptive Needs in the Community and Home (
BRANCH) is a Community Based Services program focused on children ages 6–18 who are facing intensive behavior struggles.

  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—mild to moderate level
  • Dual-diagnoses of ASD and other mental health struggles
  • Undiagnosed behaviors

A team works with families to provide behavioral interventions for six to 20 hours per week for a period of six months to 1 year, depending on the family’s need and Medicaid approval. Services are provided in a variety of settings: In-home, school, and other community settings

Caregivers play a large role in the process. The BRANCH team works closely with families and caregivers to teach them interventions to increase sustained stability.

Adaptive Skills for People with Emotional Needs (ASPEN)

Tennyson’s ASPEN program serves students whose needs are not met in the traditional day treatment program. ASPEN is able to serve students with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or other unique needs that require a focus on adaptive or life skills.


Our admissions department handles all inquiries about accessing our services. We also help families navigate a complex system of service within child welfare and mental health.

Tennyson Center for Children staff members go beyond the requirements of the job by building healthy, genuine relationships with the kids. I recall other residential placements where staff members were present in body but not in spirit.

We receive an average of 115 initial calls per month from parents, caregivers, school teachers, insurance companies, and others. Our admissions team focuses on customer service—whether you are or will become a client is not our primary goal. We strive to support every caller in connection to the needed services. Our primary goal is to do everything we can for each client.

The admissions staff determines if the services Tennyson Center offers are right for a client, collects the required information and consents to serve the client, and establishes initial goals for treatment.

Making a Referral

We accept referrals from human services agencies, mental health centers, providers, schools, and parents/caregivers. To make a referral or to inquire about any of our programs, please call 303-433-1232. Referral information may also be emailed or you can fax to 303-433-9702.

Our admissions team responds to inquiries within 24 hours. First, we will conduct a brief screening by phone to determine your needs and discuss programming options. To expedite this process, you may fax documents to ATTN: Admissions at 303-433-9702. These documents could include recent psychiatric evaluation/assessments, a current Individual Education Plan (IEP), and any other available diagnostic information. Next, if appropriate, we will schedule a face-to-face interview and make a plan for admission. In the event we do not offer services that meet your needs, we will do our best to recommend alternative resources.

For more information about programs and services, please contact our Admissions Department at 303-433-1232 or email us.