Why do some youth have emotional and behavioral problems?

Some youth are born with or develop an illness within their first few years which seriously affects their behavior and emotions. There are many reasons a youth might have severe emotional or behavioral challenges, including:

  • Genetics (an illness that is inherited)
  • The brain’s chemistry
  • Damage to the youth’s central nervous system
  • Loss of loved ones through death, divorce or broken relationships
  • Exposure to violence
  • Abuse or neglect

How can youth with emotional & behavioral challenges get help?

Most youth have difficult times in their lives. If they didn’t, they would not be growing and learning to become healthy adults. However, if a youth’s behavior is regularly causing them difficulties at home or school, the youth and/or their family may decide they need extra help. That’s where Lookout Mountain Care Management Entity (LM CME) enters the picture.

Who is on my team?

Your first thought might be that you don’t know anyone who could help you. With the help of your Care Coordinator, you will learn you have resources you never considered. Your Wraparound team might include:

  • professionals who are providing services for your child,
  • close friends, understanding relatives,
  • teachers, school counselors, religious leaders, your
  • your Family Support Partner
  • other important people in your life, whom you choose

Your team will look at your goals and offer new ideas for reaching them.

What happens when I enroll in LM CME?

Once enrolled in LM CME you will meet with a Care Coordinator and Family Support Partner who will help you start the process. The Care Coordinator will talk with you about your experiences, strengths, and needs.  From there, they will work with you and your caregiver to create a plan that helps you get the resources and support you need. Click here to view or listen to our youth guide to wraparound, Your Life, Your Future. This guide will give you more information about the process.

How long will I work with LM CME?

The length of time you are enrolled will depend on your needs and the resources available. Most youth find they have what they need to manage their care in nine (9) to twelve (12) months. Some youth, however, may require additional support and stay longer than twelve months. Before you “graduate”, your team will help you develop the skills you need to continue your recovery journey long-term.