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Eaton Behavioral Health

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Worried about your drinking or drug use? Contact us at (517) 543-2580. We can help!

Not sure if you or a loved one needs help? Use the following self-assessments to learn if you or someone you know may need professional support:

Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT)

Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST)

Live in Clinton, Eaton or Ingham counties? Follow this link to complete an online mental health screening:

Visit ECSAAG's website to see what initiatives we have going on in Eaton County to support mental health!

About EBH

Eaton Behavioral Health (EBH) provides outpatient care for substance use and mental health related concerns at the Charlotte, MI, office of The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD). We serve both youth and adult clients.

EBH is state certified to provide three levels of care as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine Treatment (ASAM). These are, Early Intervention (0.5), Outpatient (1), and Intensive Outpatient (2.1) levels of care. Individuals who have substance use related concerns or both substance use and mental health concerns are eligible for services. EBH accepts individuals who are interested in or currently receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Our services are most accessible to clients who live in Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton counties, but they can also be utilized by eligible clients who reside within the Mid-State Health Network’s 21 county region, which does not include Barry County. Residents of Barry County seeking substance related treatment should contact the Barry County Community Mental Health Authority.

An administrative assistant is available by phone on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An informational voicemail provides an after-hours message and emergency contact information outside of normal business hours.


We help individuals accomplish their version of hopeful, healthy and meaningful lives through prevention, treatment and recovery supports.


Eaton Behavioral Health envisions a community where people can become the best versions of themselves through wellness and recovery.


  • Service
  • Dignity and respect
  • Professional competance
  • Social justice
  • Healthy relationships
  • Protection/safety (clients, staff & community)
  • Partnership
  • Recovery
  • Autonomy/Self-determination
  • Cultural competency


As part of its all-inclusive, accepting treatment environment, Eaton Behavioral Health (EBH) supports Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to meet clients at their Stage of Change. EBH respects clients' self-determination and aims to educate them on all possible pathways to recovery.

EBH recognizes the evidence supporting MAT and will combine such methods with individual and group therapy, case management and other recovery services. Eaton Behavioral Health values the uniqueness of each client's experience and strives to engage each individual in personally tailored treatment that promotes self-determination and offers the greatest opportunity for personal success in recovery. 

Clients will be embraced with a harm-reduction mentality as EBH believes everyone should have the opportunity to accomplish their version of hopeful, healthy and meaningful lives through personalized prevention, treatment and recovery support services.


Initial referrals usually are taken by telephone, although referrals by fax and email, or walk-ins during daytime business hours, are accepted. Call the main EBH office line at (517) 543-2580 to answer preliminary screening questions and to provide contact and insurance information (if any). The screening will take approximately 15 minutes. For youth, it is preferred that both the parent or guardian and the youth be available for the screening process. If the client is appropriate to be assessed for the continuum of EBH services, the individual will be scheduled for a comprehensive Biopsychosocial Assessment (Assessment). Parent(s) or guardian(s) should attend the initial Assessment appointment or arrange to provide information.

Driver’s License Evaluations and related drug screening services are also available upon request but are a self-pay only service.

Fillable EBH Referral Form


EBH is considered in-network with Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network and Physicians Health Plan. However, EBH will accept any insurance (out-of-network fees typically apply) and also offers financial assistance for clients without insurance and/or who meet income requirements. EBH contracts with insurance plans are subject to change. Please verify coverage prior to seeking services.



During an EBH assessment, clients will meet face-to-face with a behavioral health therapist (therapist) who will lead a structured interview. Clients under 18 (youth) require a parent to be present. The purpose of the assessment is to help the therapist understand the client’s needs. From here, the therapist can determine which EBH service would best fit the client’s needs. Spiritual and cultural issues and needs are always acknowledged and considered during each EBH assessment. The tool that therapists use to go through this whole process covers needs in 6 different dimensions American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The ASAM dimensions include:

  • Dimension 1: Acute Intoxication and/or Withdrawal Potential
  • Dimension 2: Biomedical Conditions and Complications
  • Dimension 3  Emotional, Behavioral, or Cognitive Conditions and Complications
  • Dimension 4: Readiness to Change
  • Dimension 5: Relapse, Continued Use, or Continued Problem Potential
  • Dimension 6: Recovery Environment

Specific areas assessed include but are not limited to, the clients’ living situation, military history, medical condition and concerns, educational history, employment and financial support status, drug/alcohol use history, treatment history, legal involvement, family history, family or social relationship network, and mental health needs. Assessment findings help EBH staff to determine the scope of the substance use treatment services needed by the client. Assessments also provide information about other services that a client might need such as medical, vocational, educational, housing, financial, legal, or mental health services.

Assessments are conducted to identify the appropriate level of care for adults as well as adolescents.


Levels of Care

Early Intervention Level

Early Intervention (EI) services are designed to explore and address problems or risk factors that might be related to substance use. These services help the individual recognize the harmful effects of continued substance use and risky behaviors. EI services are for individuals who are at risk of developing substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Both youth and adults who meet this criteria are eligible for individual counseling sessions at EBH. Youth who meet criteria for this level of care may be referred for the Eaton RESA CHOICES or Prime for Life Programs in place of or in addition to EI individual sessions received through EBH.

Outpatient Treatment Level

Outpatient level services are personalized to each clients’ needs and are designed to help clients make positive changes in their alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drug use behaviors. Outpatient level services are considered treatment and appropriate for adults and youth with substance use disorders or both a substance use and mental health related disorder. Services at this level are offered in the individual, group, couple or family treatment formats. Adults will engage in 1-8 hours per week at this level and youth will engage in 1-5 hours per week at this level.

Intensive Outpatient Level

Intensive Outpatient level services are for clients who would benefit from more frequent treatment programs or more involved treatment services. The minimum involvement at this level is 6 hours per week for youth and 9 hours per week for adults. Most clients will transition to less frequent sessions after 6-8 weeks but this is dependent on readiness and treatment evaluation. For youth, the program typically requires participation in two youth therapy groups, 1 individual session and 1 family session per week. For adults it typically requires participation in 4 groups per week as well as an individual session and/or family session per week. Modifications to the program can be made to accommodate personal needs and schedules.

Offsite Services

If you are interested in having EBH staff offer any of these services at your agency site or at another site besides the EBH office, please contact the Program Manager, directly at (517) 541-2684 or for inquires. EBH treatment services have been offered at the Eaton County Youth Facility, Eaton County Jail, in-home and at schools when EBH staff capacity can support these off-site treatment services.



EBH offers substance use and co-occurring mental health therapy for youth, adults, couples and families within the outpatient and intensive outpatient levels of care. Therapy can be structured as one-on-one sessions and/or group sessions. Therapy sessions provide support in addressing issues such as relationship, emotional, psychological, family, relapse, and recovery issues. The frequency of treatment can range from multiple times per week to only once or twice per month depending on the individuals treatment plan and recommended level of care. Therapists are available Monday through Friday and have both day-time and evening availability.

Group sessions are provided in an open-ended format where clients can enter and complete group treatment on an ongoing basis. EBH groups combine education, skill building, and interactive process work. Groups are offered on different days and at various times allowing individuals to participate in the most appropriate group to address their individual needs and stage of readiness. Gender-specific groups are available. Group members are expected to maintain confidentially of other group members at all times.

Therapy services are available to the general community as well as individuals who are incarcerated in the Eaton County Jail. Please contact us to learn more about our jail options.


Youth-Specific Services

The following youth-specific services require the client to be screened and assessed at EBH to determine the appropriate service plan and level of care.


The CHOICES Program is an early intervention program for 13 to 17-year-old youth who have experimented with alcohol, marijuana or other illicit drugs. Youth who are referred to the program receive an intake session with EBH. If accepted to CHOICES, the youth participates in a Youth Education Series and their parent or guardian participates in the Staying Connected with Your Teen parent education series.

Eaton Rapids Prime For Life Program (PFL)

The PFL program is held in Eaton Rapids and is primarily for 18 year-olds. It is an evidence-based motivation, prevention, intervention and pretreatment program specifically designed for individuals who might be making high risk choices. This includes but is not limited to impaired driving offenders and young people charged with alcohol and/or drug offenses. It is designed to change the participant’s substance use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of substance use related problems throughout their lives. PFL does not include parent or guardian participation.

The CHOICES and PFL programs are funded through the Mid-State Health Network and provided through a cooperative arrangement between EBH and the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (Eaton RESA).For more information about either of these programs, contact Eaton RESA at (517)543-5500.



Photovoice is an intervention that gives youth a way to have their voice heard. Across several meetings, groups discuss issues relating to substance abuse, mental health, and wellness; take photographs of things in the community and in their lives that contribute to or represent their current lives; and write captions that explain these photographs to others. At the end of the project, the photographs and captions are shared with the community. The intervention provides participants with the opportunity to educate others in the community about various issues affecting teens. This program is usually offered by EBH and/ or Eaton RESA multiple times per year but dates are not recurrent. Contact EBH staff at (517) 543-2580 or Eaton RESA staff at (517) 543-5500 for more information.


Treatment Enhancement Services

Specialty Services

EBH specialty services are available to women who are pregnant, mothers or fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children and/or have children who have been removed from the home/ are at risk of being removed from the home. 

Specialty services are specifically designed for parents with substance use and other related behavioral health issues and address the needs of the entire family.  Specialty services integrate specialized case management services with therapy. EBH counselors who specialize in treatment for mothers and/or fathers and their children provide the individual and family therapy as well as specialized referrals for childcare, medical care, transportation, and other community services.  Limited funding is available to help cover the cost of some services such as transportation and childcare for those enrolled in the specialty program.

Case Management

Case Management is an enhancement service offered for eligible clients receiving treatment through EBH. Through case management, therapists help clients connect with essential resources to be able to effectively address and manage their life challenges and behavioral health needs. Case management supports clients in gaining access to needed medical care, mental health services, educational or vocational assistance, housing, food, parenting, legal assistance, and self-help groups. It is especially helpful for clients with multiple conditions who may not benefit from traditional substance use disorder treatment, who require multiple services over extended periods of time, and/or who face difficulty gaining access to those services on their own. Core elements of case management include assessment, planning, linkage, coordination and monitoring to assist clients in gaining access to services and supports identified through the individualized treatment planning process. Case management is available to eligible clients as they progress through treatment and may continue after completion of treatment for up to six (6) months. The frequency of case management services is determined by the individualized needs of the client based on the results of a needs assessment and is documented in the treatment plan. Clients will engage in at least one face-to- face case management session per month but case management can occur over the phone or be conducted on behalf of the client throughout the week. 


Auricular acupuncture is available upon request both in individual therapy sessions as well as in the group setting. It has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol; making clients better able to benefit from cognitive behavioral treatment; reducing or eliminating the need for Medication Assisted Treatment; and lessening the chances of relapse. The use of acupuncture has been linked with a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms which can contribute success in recovery. Acupuncture is available to both youth and adults. Studies have also shown success in decreasing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in some specific groups of people. Auricular acupuncture has been used successfully in treating pregnant women with Substance Use Disorders and drug-exposed infants who are experiencing withdrawal.



Eaton County Substance Awareness Advisory Group (ECSAAG)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Mid-State Health Network

Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration

Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (ERESA)

Community Mental Health


Additional Crisis Resources:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

The Listening Ear 24 Hour Crisis Line: (517) 337-1717

End Violent Encounters (EVE) 24 Hour Crisis Line: (517) 372-5572

Michigan State University Sexual Assault Trauma 24 Hour Crisis Line: (517) 372-6666


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