Nonprofit Stories - Children's Home of Northern Kentucky

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is grateful for the many nonprofits that support and strengthen our community. We are actively reaching out to these organizations to listen to their stories in order to share them with you. This is an ongoing project that will cover many organizations across Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.

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Children's Home of Northern Kentucky

When you break an arm, your physician knows exactly what to fix. The arm is set, a cast is placed, and the healing begins. When something is broken on the inside, though, it is often hard to pinpoint the source, and thus, it is often hard to resolve. Too often, families find it difficult to even connect with services when they see signs of a child struggling with mental health, behavioral health, or a substance use disorder. Just like with a broken bone, receiving the right service at the right time and at the right place is critical. 


Where does a family in crisis go when a pediatrician’s office or the local hospital doesn’t make sense for the type of help that is needed?


In our region, it’s Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK). CHNK provides behavioral health and addiction treatment services for youth who are grappling with a mental health disorder, addiction, abuse, neglect, or other trauma. CHNK operates three convenient locations across two Northern Kentucky counties. Last fiscal year alone, CHNK impacted over 1,700 individuals.


“We pride ourselves on taking a trauma-informed, family-focused approach to care,” reflects CHNK Chief Executive Officer Rick Wurth. “We don’t ask what’s wrong with a child – we ask ‘What happened to this child?’”


CHNK’s entire team of nearly 100 healthcare professionals embeds this trauma-informed approach throughout all of its treatment services, including outpatient care, residential care, day treatment/partial hospitalization, and its therapeutic day school operated in partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools. These lines of care reflect an organization that is anything but the orphanage of yesteryear. Even after 136 years of service to the Northern Kentucky community, CHNK remains enthusiastically agile and proactive in both meeting the needs of our community’s at-risk youth and unlocking their greater potential.


Wurth believes that CHNK’s longevity in the Northern Kentucky community differentiates the organization from other, out-of-region service providers. He notes, “As members of this community, we’re encouraged to shop local and eat local – why wouldn’t we want to also treat local?” 


Northern Kentucky and other Greater Cincinnati families are warmly welcomed through the doors of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Here, the healing begins.


Learn more about Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky at their website, and keep up with their good work on Facebook and Twitter.

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