50 North Eisenhower Avenue

Mason City, Iowa 50401



P: 641.423.7362 (Answered 24/7)

F: 641.423.6102


Clinic Hours of Operation:

Due to COVID-19 our clinic is CLOSED for in person sessions. We offer behavioral health services via telehealth, which means you can see a counselor from the comfort and safety of your own home. Simply contact us and we will make a virtual appointment for you within the next 24-48 hours.

COVID-19 updates can be found under News and Events.

For nearly 50 years, Francis Lauer has provided excellence in serving and healing youth and their families. Francis Lauer is a community-based organization of YSS, a non-profit dedicated to helping children and youth embrace their full potential through comprehensive prevention, treatment and transition programs.

Programs & Services


Mental Health Therapy
Counseling services help youth, young adults and their families identify emotional and behavioral difficulties and work together to resolve them.

Psychiatric Consultation
Psychiatric consultation provides evaluation, assessment and diagnosis to guide treatment. When advised, medication is prescribed and managed to address behavioral and mental health conditions.

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS)
BHIS is a Medicaid-funded program that teaches youth and their families helpful skills to positively address the child's behaviors, including anger management, conflict resolution, social skills, communication and problem solving.

Integrated Health Services (IHS)
Through care coordination, the IHS program connects families with resources to help their child be successful at home, school and in the community. Families are partnered with a team of professionals to ensure their child is receiving the necessary care for their physical, behavioral and mental health needs.


Child Welfare Emergency Services
Assisting families during times of crisis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our crisis response team collaborates with providers and families to work through the situation. We make every effort to resolve the crisis without requiring placement in an emergency shelter.

Emergency Services Shelter
Licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Francis Lauer Emergency Services Shelter provides short-term care for youth requiring out-of-home treatment, as well as respite care in situations involving:

  • Physical health and safety concerns
  • Delinquent behaviors
  • Runaway behaviors
  • Truancy
  • Homelessness
  • Mental health struggles
  • Difficulties at home or school

Integrated Services
This 30-day intensive program helps families who are experiencing an immediate crisis with a child. An Emergency Services Specialist maintains intensive contact with the family in their home (or another appropriate safe space), and works to address the immediate crisis, as well stabilize the family, so that out-of-home placement for the child is not required.



A gender-specific evidence-based program for boys ages 12 to 17, focusing on improving behavior by identifying criminal thinking and aggressive behavior. Adolescents also work on moral reasoning, respectful vs. assertive communications, and crisis management. Clients are enrolled through Juvenile Court Services, the Department of Human Services or individual school districts within an hour’s drive of Mason City, Iowa.


Juvenile Treatment Network
This program is for youth age 18 and younger who are involved with Juvenile Court Services. It addresses children’s problems within the context of the family and uses children’s counseling, skill development, parental counseling and education to reduce the need for out-of-home placement for youth and lower the risk of abuse or neglect.

Transitional Living Program
Adolescents and young adults focus on developing positive coping skills, problem solving, conflict resolution and communication techniques. Life skills, including money management, employment, educational opportunities and establishing stable housing, are also taught.

Life Skills
Attendance is mandatory at this six-week program for youth involved with the Juvenile Court Services. The program focuses on building positive character traits, setting goals, understanding respect and empathy, developing anger management tools and treating substance abuse.


Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP)
AMP is a youth-driven, statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth of young people. AMP offers leadership opportunities, service learning projects, educational/vocational assistance and speaking opportunities to youth, ages 13 to 18, who have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements. Get more information at

Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN)
The IASN is a statewide project that addresses the needs of young adults who have aged out of foster care. As part of the Network, Francis Lauer provides case management, skill development, support services and links to self-sufficiency resources for all program participants. IASN is funded by the Iowa Department of Human Services.


YSS Residential Addiction Treatment provides a successful, individualized and evidence-based recovery program for youth (ages 12-18) in a safe, homelike atmosphere. We understand substance abuse affects more than just the addict, our comprehensive approach incorporates support for the youth’s family and others in their support network.