Bremwood

Bremwood

Residential Treatment


Campus Life

We want youth on Bremwood’s campus to have fun in a safe way! Residents will enjoy the outdoors, take field trips, watch movies, and learn new hobbies.


Treatment

During a youth’s stay at Bremwood, they will have access to quality mental health services.

Therapy

Youth at Bremwood participate in one-on-one therapy sessions with counselors, group sessions with other youth and staff, and therapy sessions with family members. They also participate in “milieu” therapy, where residents live in communities together to learn skills like communication and conflict resolution.

Behavioral Health Intervention Services

LSI’s Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) are available for youth at Bremwood. This service includes regular sessions with a BHIS caseworker, where a resident develops coping skills like anger management, healthy decision-making, and problem solving.

Nurses

Bremwood has a full-time nurse on campus to schedule medical appointments. Our nurse also monitors medication, handles any emergency situations, and stays in close contact with parents or guardians about a resident’s medical needs.

Trauma-Informed Care

All of us have experiences, both positive and negative, that can affect how we relate to the world around us. That’s why Bremwood offers a Trauma-Sensitive Care (TSC) environment. We focus on helping youth feel safe while they learn to identify their emotions, and how to communicate those to others.

Family Engagement

  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to stay in touch with their child as much as possible. Youth can visit home, and families can schedule regular visits to campus.
  • Phone calls, letters, and postcards are always welcome, and we strongly encourage parents and guardians to participate in our regular family therapy sessions.

Academics

Many Bremwood residents go to school in the Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District. The Lied Education Center is also located on campus and features 12 classrooms, where teachers have the capacity to work with each student’s unique behavioral or emotional needs.

The Greenview Alternative High School is operated on Bremwood’s campus by the Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District to provide individually paced programs for youth who thrive in this setting.

Programs and Eligibility

The goal of FGCS is to create a safe living environment within our residential treatment centers for children and youth in foster care, while also engaging their families to make sure they are reunified as soon as possible.

Eligibility:

  •  Families must reside in northern Iowa
  •  Youth referred into the program are court-ordered
  • Youth can be referred into this program through the Department of Human Services (DHS) or the Juvenile Court System (JCS)

To refer a youth into FGCS, please fill out your referral form and email it to our Bremwood Intake Specialist at Rachel.Herdman@LSIowa.org.

Our Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) serves children and youth who display inappropriate behaviors, have difficulty with social skills, or are unable to enjoy daily life due to mental illness.

Eligibility:

  • Youth must be between the ages of 11 and 17
  • Youth must display self-destructive behaviors, sexually inappropriate behaviors, severe attachment disorders or severe trauma, or struggle with substance abuse

To refer a youth into PMIC, please download and complete this form. When the form is complete, email it to our Bremwood Intake Specialist at Rachel.Herdman@LSIowa.org.

Bremwood’s Woodhaven Shelter offers temporary, safe emergency shelter for youth awaiting community services or out-of-home services.

Eligibility:

  • Families must reside in northern Iowa
  • Youth can be referred into this program through the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Juvenile Court System (JCS), or law enforcement

To refer a youth into Woodhaven Shelter, please download and complete this form. When the form is complete, email it to our Bremwood Intake Specialist at Dawn.Beimer@LSIowa.org.

CWES provides children and youth with a safe, supportive out-of-home placement during a crisis. Bremwood’s campus provides 47-hour crisis beds for youth while LSI staff members connect them with any community supports or resources they may need to thrive.

Eligibility:

  • Families must reside in northern Iowa
  • Youth can be referred into this program through the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Juvenile Court System (JCS), or law enforcement

To refer a youth into CWES, please download and complete this form. When the form is complete, email it to our Bremwood Intake Specialist at Dawn.Beimer@LSIowa.org.

This service empowers youth to work toward independence and self- sufficiency while still receiving support and supervision. Individuals build skills while attending school, working, and developing other life skills.

Eligibility:

  • Youth must live in northern Iowa
  • Youth must be 16 ½ years old to live in the first phase of SAL, a “Clustered Site”
  • Youth must be 17 years old to live in the second phase of SAL, a “Scattered Site”
  • Youth living in a “Scattered Site” must also first successfully live in a “Clustered Site”

To refer a youth into SAL, please fill out your referral form and email it to our Bremwood Intake Specialist at Rachel.Herdman@LSIowa.org. 

Our Crisis Intervention is a free 21-day program for families facing a crisis. We’ll facilitate a team meeting for your family to discuss community resources that may help, including therapy, mentoring, help for substance abuse, and more.

Eligibility:

  • Families must reside in Black Hawk County
  • Youth can be referred into this program through the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Juvenile Court System (JCS), schools, or provider agencies

Call our crisis hotline at 319.859.3512. If your family is in need of immediate care, please dial 9-1-1.

Meet Ashley, Bremwood’s Residential Manager

Overcoming years of trauma, abuse, or neglect is no easy task. It takes a lot of work and dedication, but I believe in the strength and resiliency of the youth who come through our doors at Bremwood. I know they will build better futures for themselves because I believe in LSI’s mission of hope and healing.

I joined the LSI team 15 years ago, starting as an overnight staff member at Bremwood. Since then, I have served in a variety of roles on campus, but my personal goal has remained the same: lifting up each resident at Bremwood to their full potential.

During my time here, I have seen youth overcome extreme trauma, and I have seen the LSI staff walk alongside them every step of the way. It reminds me that none of us are alone on our path in life. And for the youth and teenagers at Bremwood, their LSI family will always be in their corner.