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Formerly St. Louis Center for Family Development

If your child or young adult displays extreme emotional or behavioral challenges that cause disruptive behaviors at home, in school or in the community, they need professional help. But what else can you do when traditional outpatient therapy isn’t enough?

Welcome to Sparlin@Home

Sparlin@Home is an intensive, in-home therapy program that stabilizes your child’s emotional, behavioral and mental health crises, and prevents the need for hospitalization or out-of-home placement.

The program is designed to help parents and caregivers struggling to address difficult and/ or out-of-control behaviors in children and young adults ages 5 to 25 years old. These behaviors include, but are not limited to:

Finding effective help can be frustrating and emotionally difficult for the whole family. Often, as a last resort, parents and caregivers turn to out-of-home intervention options, such as residential treatment facilities or wilderness therapy programs. While these programs teach helpful coping skills, they also isolate the young person from problems. When the young person returns home, they are once again faced with the distractions and underlying issues of everyday life, and those coping skills are often lost.

Sparlin@Home delivers trauma-informed and evidence-based care while participants remain at home, which enables the whole family to become part of the solution. Our goal is to equip your child and family with the skills and capability to manage behavioral issues so that your child can live a healthy life at home, at school and in the community — right now, and long into the future.

What Makes Sparlin@Home Successful?

Sparlin Mental Health recently opened this program to the general public for the very first time. Having operated this program for more than 10 years through organizational contracts, we have already helped more than 1,200 youth, young adults and caregivers in the St. Louis area thanks to several key principles that are proven to enhance individual and family progress.

Safety and Security.

All of our intervention plans prioritize safety above all else. We use comprehensive safety planning to address any significant behaviors that threaten the safety and security of the family, including suicidal ideation or self-injury.

A Focus on Family.

We know from experience that success happens at home. It has been proven that a young person’s recovery is best achieved when their caregivers are able to act in a support role. That’s why sending a young person away can have harmful repercussions, and why we use family intervention techniques to teach caregivers and other family members to effectively support each other.

Emphasis on Emotion Regulation and Problem Solving.

There is a growing consensus that behavioral health issues accumulate from difficulties  regulating emotions. Our program incorporates strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to improve your child’s ability to regulate moods and emotions and solve problems they may face in life, such as how to tolerate difficult situations and how to build meaningful, healthy relationships.


Every family possesses different strengths and enters the healing process at a different place. That’s why your family’s intervention plan will be customized based on comprehensive assessments.

Integrated Treatment.

Our Licensed Mental Health Providers (MHPs) are trained in multiple approaches and evidence-based treatment models, including an array of cognitive and behavioral interventions, as well as acceptance and mindfulness-based strategies.

A Trauma-Informed Approach.

For those who have been impacted by trauma or have experienced traumatic events, our program has a deep understanding of the ripple effects of trauma within families and communities, and our treatment strategies are created with that in mind.

What to Expect

The intervention process starts with a free consultation with one of our Licensed Mental Health Providers (MHP). At the free consultation, you will learn more about the program, and we will learn more about your family.

If it is determined that the program is the right fit for your family, you will be assigned a dedicated MHP, who will create a customized treatment plan to last 90-120 days. This plan may include:

  • Individual and family interventions
  • Skill-building activities
  • 24/7 skills coaching by your mental health professional
  • Progress monitoring every two weeks
  • Community-based interventions

The program is designed to facilitate collaboration with your existing mental health service teams and link you and your family to any needed social supports that will help ensure long-term success. At the conclusion of the program, your family and your MHP will design an aftercare plan so that your family’s success continues into the future.

Sparlin@Home is currently only offered in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

If you’re interested in the Sparlin@Home program, contact us to schedule a free consultation.