Our Mission is...
to work with families and communities to help youth stay
in home, in school, and out of trouble. We strive to provide
strength based, culturally appropriate, comprehensive community
based mental health services using flexible "whatever it
takes" approach to help families achieve their own positive
About Our Services
We serve eligible youth
who are at risk for out of home placement with serious
emotional disturbances. The goals of service are to help families
achieve positive outcomes, reduce out of home placements, maintain
family and foster care stability, and decrease the return to
Juvenile Hall, psychiatric hospitalization, and out of home
include assessment, individual, family, and group therapy, school
based day treatment, family support, and evaluation for psychiatric
hospitalization. Services are located at multiple school and
Build on family's
and children's strength
Be culturally competent
Work in partnership with
youth and families
Focus on the major systems
in the family's life.
Build support systems.
Be action oriented,
Be home and community
Offer services at flexible
Value creativity to find
services and continually improve.
How to Get Help
receive mental health services the first step is to contact the Access
Team. This team provides information and referrals for mental
health services for all children who reside in Santa Cruz County who
have MediCal. If eligible you will be screened for
direct county mental health services or given outpatient or
community agency services based on your situation. Visit our Health
page to find out about other financial benefit programs you might be
your child is currently involved with probation, social services, or
special education talk to your probation worker, case worker, or
school psychologist. They can refer eligible youth directly to
Children's Mental Health.
If You are Having a Crisis?
you, or someone you know, are in imminent danger and need immediate
help you should always call 911. If you are not in immanent
danger but need immediate crisis support call the Access
Team at (800) 952-2335. They are available 24 hours a day to all
Santa Cruz County children to assess for hospitalization in a
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Child and adolescent mental
health services are divided into two basic delivery structures based
on the needs and treatment goals for the individual receiving
of Care (SOC) services are provided by County Mental Health/
Substance Abuse Services as part of a comprehensive interagency network
serving children, youth & families involved with Juvenile Probation,
Social Services, Education, and other youth at risk of out of home
placement in the community.
& Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, & Treatment (EPSDT)
provides supportive mental health and dual diagnosis services to
Medi-Cal beneficiaries aged 0-21, and their families. Services are
targeted to help eligible children & youth meet developmental
milestones and function successfully at home, school, and in the
community. The EPSDT providers identified below serve as community gates
into Mental Health Medi-Cal services for eligible beneficiaries.
Targeted System of Care Services
The following County programs provide
targeted System of Care services in conjunction with interagency
partners, as described by the four Gateways into services. In addition, related Contractors who participate in providing
System of Care and/or EPSDT counseling services are also listed below.
Outpatient and case management program is for juvenile
probation youth at risk of out of home placement. Services are
provided as part of an interagency team with the Probation Department,
providing an alternate service modality that emphasizes individualized
care approaches, particularly for older youth on an emancipation
track, and for families unable to participate in an extensive
family-driven Wraparound planning process. This is
a County SOC program.
- Family Solutions (SB 163 Wraparound Program)
is a program which
seeks to strengthen families so that youth who are at imminent risk for
out of home placement may continue living at home, with their families
and in their communities. By using innovative and non-traditional
approaches to case planning and service delivery, families become
central to all decision-making and professional services support the
family's vision for success. Family Solutions is a partnership between
the Probation Department, Children's Mental Health/Substance Abuse, and
the Family Partnership Program.This is
a County SOC program.
is a collaborative between the Probation Department and Children's
Mental Health/Substance Abuse. The Evening Center is one of several
detention alternatives in probation's continuum of services designed
to serve as an immediate response for probation involved youth who are
struggling with mental health/substance abuse problems, failing to
comply with conditions of probation and/or as a response to new law
violations. The program operates from 4-8 pm Monday-Friday and
includes focused treatment programming. Each Saturday youth
participate in a community work project. Transportation is provided to
and from the program and meals are served each evening.
Hall Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services
provides crisis, assessment, brief treatment and mental
health/substance abuse education for youth detained in Juvenile Hall. This is
a County SOC program.
Programs and Initiatives
is a link to a
complete list of grants, projects and collaboratives for the Santa
Cruz County Probation Department.
Intervention Services (SIS) for
children/youth under 18 years of age who have been placed into foster care or group
homes, or are at imminent risk of placement. Family reunification is
an important goal, as well as maintaining foster home placement
is a County SOC program.
Adolescent Services (SAS) for
youth between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age. The goal of this program is for youth to reconnect with
family, develop independent living skills, community supports, and
prepare for transition to adulthood. This
is a County SOC program.
Services for Foster Youth (THPP/ILSP)
are provided by Community Support Services (part of Encompass
Community Services), which focuses on assisting with
housing and related support services for social service and
probation youth aging out of the system. This
is a County SOC program.
is a short-term home for foster youth in crisis and/or transition.
provides counseling to children & families referred from social
services, as well as by the community. This is a Contract
SOC & EPSDT program.
Encompass Community Services - Families Together
multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team of services providers helping
families at risk for child abuse and neglect in Santa Cruz County.
The Human Services
Agency provides child welfare services to children who
have been abused, neglected, or who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
Intensive & Regular Outpatient
Services are provided to eligible Special
Education students referred by local school districts
who contract with Mental Health. Services are provided
as part of several classrooms for emotionally disturbed
(ED) students operated by the Pajaro Valley Unified
School District. Additional services are provided to
eligible students at their home schools. These are
County SOC program offered in conjunction with the
Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD)
/Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) PVUSD SELPA oversees and facilitates educational
services for students with disabilities in the PVUSD.
PVUSD is a single district SELPA.
North County SELPA The
interdependent and diverse school districts in the North
Santa Cruz County SELPA are committed to serving special
education students, by providing equal access to
resources and a comprehensive education. The North
County SELPA school districts and the County Office of
Education currently provide their own counseling
services to eligible Special Education pupils.
Community Gate offers
intensive outpatient and wraparound services for youth
with serious emotional disturbances who are at risk of
out of home placement. This is a County SOC program.
Family Partnership Program
is a parent-run program (operated by the Volunteer
Bureau) which provides peer support, education, services
and advocacy for families within our system of care.
This is a Contract SOC program.
Youth Services provides a variety of mental
health and substance abuse outpatient services, which
function as early intervention and/or "step-down" from
more intensive system of care services. These are
Contract EPSDT programs. These include:
Counseling services at the Youth
Services offices, at school and in the
YES Recovery High School helps students
establish and maintain a clean and sober
Quetzal high school provides support
services to help students make positive
changes in their lives.
Tyler House provides residential
substance abuse treatment for teens.
Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA)
provides counseling services to students in the Pajaro
school district, as well as probation-related services.
This is a Contract EPSDT program.
Family Service Agency (FSA) provides
counseling services to north and south county children,
youth and families. This is a Contract EPSDT program.
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