50 North Eisenhower Avenue

Mason City, Iowa 50401



P: 641.423.7362 (Answered 24/7)

F: 641.423.1248


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

Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric services provide 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.

Substance Use  Counseling
Substance use counselors provide assessment and ongoing individual and group counseling to adolescents, young adults, and adults struggling with substance use disorders. Services provided:

  • Substance use evaluations
  • Individual substance use counseling
  • OWI Evaluations - Operating a moving vehicle while intoxicated. These evaluations are typically ordered as the result of legal involvement.


Emergency Shelter
Licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services, YSS Francis Lauer Emergency Shelter provides short-term care for youth requiring out-of-home placement.

Crisis Stabilization
The Crisis Stabilization Program provides short-term interventions and support for families and youth (ages 12 to 18) who are non-system involved (no formal involvement with DHS or JCS), not currently suicidal or homicidal, and are experiencing a crisis.


Adolescent Residential Addiction Treatment

Our Adolescent Residential Addiction Treatment Program provides more than 50 hours each week of therapeutic and skill development guidance and support led by licensed behavioral health therapists and certified addiction counselors. Throughout the program, the youth and their family have access to mental health care, psychiatric services and many other valuable programs.

Day Treatment Program
This program targets at-risk youth ages 12 through 18 who are involved with JCS. Program focus areas include moral reasoning, respectful and assertive communication, crisis management, averting criminal thinking, and managing aggressive behavior.


Mason City Partnership School
YSS Francis Lauer partners with the Mason City Community School District to provide an alternative learning environment for students in need of further support or assistance to get on track.

School-Based Services
YSS Francis Lauer providers are available at numerous school districts throughout North Iowa to provide services to students in need.

Iowa Aftercare
This program serves young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. Clients receive financial assistance, as well as life skill coaching from an Aftercare Advocate.

Rapid Rehousing
Rapid Rehousing assists youth experiencing homelessness to obtain and maintain housing, gain financial acumen, and learn life skills in order to work toward independent living.