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Founder's Statement

Joe’s reason for starting this agency were expressed in his personal vision of the need for this type of treatment when he wrote:

“I feel a responsibility to get this service to as many kids as we can because it works. We will be able to save a large number of these kids from going through the HELL that untreated - or poorly treated mental [health]  is.”

Children's Supportive Services is dedicated to the wellness of children,
their families and our community through prevention, intervention and treatment.

Children's Supportive Services will continue to set the standard for
excellence in mental health services through our people, their integrity
and dedication.

     Children’s Supportive Services was started by Joe Keele in 1996 as the first agency in Idaho providing community based psychosocial rehabilitation and clinic services to children with behavioral and  emotional disturbances.

In a subsequent Post Register editorial Joe wrote:

When I meet someone for the first time, the conversation usually starts something like this: “So, where do you work, Joe?” “I’m the administrator of Children’s Supportive Services. We provide in-home children’s health services.”

My new acquaintance’s eyes move downward as he slowly shakes his head. Usually a shadow of sorrow crosses his face as he says, “That sounds very depressing. You must see lots of sad things that you can’t do anything about.”

This is where the conversation gets fun. I get to explain a successful program, a program that helps children with [behavioral] and emotional disturbances and their families have a better and more normal life.

Parenting a child with an emotional or [behavioral] disturbance requires different skills than parenting a child who does not have [these issues],  much as the child with severe asthma requires different knowledge and skills than a child who does not have asthma. Both the parent and child need to learn to watch for the symptoms, learn what stressors will likely cause an outbreak and then implement a strategy to deal with the symptoms if they do occur. These skills can be learned, but parents are not likely to have this knowledge without being taught.

We are at a time of great hope and optimism for the child with an emotional [or behavioral]disturbance. The chances of these children growing to be productive members of society, rather than nonproductive disabled adults, improve with each small step we take.

From 1996 until his death in 2001, Joe built the foundation for helping children [and their families] with mental [health issues] in Idaho. Children’s Supportive Services, Inc. will continue to build on that beginning.

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Children's Supportive Services, Inc.

Helping Children, Adolescents, and Parents Cope with Behavioral and Emotional Difficulties;
Supporting Adults, and Helping to Preserve Families and Relationships Through Professional Counseling, Psychotherapy, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Medication Management.

Idaho's first and finest provider of community based behavioral and mental health services.
Children's Supportive Services...with offices in Idaho Falls, Blackfoot and Chubbuck.

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Idaho's Premier Children's Mental Health Provider - Pocatello
Counseling, Psychotherapy, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Medication Management
 Mental Health Services
For Children, Adolescents and Adults - Pocatello
Children's Supportive Services, Inc.
Pocatello, Idaho 83202
(208) 237-4782

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