Community Based Services
This program provides in-home and community services in 19 counties across the state to provide preventive services and therapy to strengthen families with children aged 0 to adulthood.
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 serves children from 0–18 years old.
Tennyson expanded our program offerings in 2020 to include outpatient services for children and adults, which include individual therapy, family therapy, and care coordination. These services are provided in the Denver metro area and via telehealth for those with Medicaid or private pay. We are thrilled to be able to better serve our community with this service!
Day Treatment / K-12 School
Tennyson offers an accredited, therapeutic K-12 school with a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio on our campus.
This program focuses on meeting learners “where they are at” in terms of need and development, instead of placing children in classrooms based upon age. Our 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 students who have not been successful in the public school system, typically because of the influence of trauma in their lives or because of other emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Children living off-campus who attend our school come from multiple counties across the state. These students and their families receive therapeutic support in addition to an education.
Tennyson’s accredited, therapeutic K-12 school has implemented protocols to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and families during the 2020-21 academic year. If you have additional questions about this academic year, please contact Director of Special Education/K12 Principal, Kim Cini, at [email protected].
Behavior Resources and Adaptive Needs in the Community and Home (BRANCH)
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
Our team works with families to provide behavioral interventions for six to 20 hours per week for a period of six months to one year, depending on the family’s need and Medicaid approval. Services are provided in a variety of settings including in the home, at school, and within other community settings
Caregivers play a large role in this therapeutic process. The BRANCH team works closely with families and caregivers to teach them interventions that increase and sustain child and family stability.
Adaptive Skills for People with Emotional Needs (ASPEN)
Tennyson’s ASPEN program serves students whose needs are not fully met in our Day Treatment program. ASPEN works with students with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or other unique needs that require a focus on adaptive or life skills.
Every family needs a good Neighbor. As Tennyson’s newest Community Program, Families Together makes sure no child suffers from family isolation. Our volunteer Neighbors deliver meals and encouragement to families who request friendly support. We also share stories to humanize families in the healing process, bust stereotypes, and push the broader culture to do what’s best for kids and families.
Our Admissions department handles all referrals and inquiries regarding 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. 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.
The average child or family in Colorado facing crisis waits between 8 weeks and 6 months for services because providers are overburdened. Our No Kid Waits program – part of our Admissions department – aims to eliminate long wait lists by contacting children and families within 24 hours when in need of therapeutic support.
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 303-731-4845. 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.
If appropriate, we will schedule a face-to-face interview and make a plan for admission.
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.