Behavioral Health Services for Children

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The 24-Hour Toll Free Access Line at (888) 868-1649 is available to determine your need and eligibility for services. Entry into the programs listed below begins with the Access Line.

Access and Assessment Teams
Three regional teams specializing in access and assessment, with special attention to cultural considerations, such as unique presentations of crises among minorities and the importance of accessing family and community supports. The new regional teams are based in Lompoc, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. The teams are guided by recovery and resiliency concepts and will improve access to services.
Ages Served: All
Regions: All
Capacity: NA
Provider: Behavioral Wellness

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Mentoring opportunities provided for youth 7-17 who lack positive adult role models.
Region: All
Ages Served: 7-17
Capacity: 600 youth by June 30, 2017
Provider: Family Services Agency
Contact: Alcohol and Drug Program, 681-5440

Child Assistance Team Creating Hope (CATCH)
Assists preschoolers who exhibit challenging behaviors and do not qualify for special education. This program uses an evidence-based curriculum to train teachers and to support parents of preschoolers with challenging behaviors to prevent expulsion from school.
Region: North and West
Ages Served: Children
Capacity: 30
Provider: County Education Office   

Child Protective Services Network
Network providers are assigned to clients of Child Welfare Services.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children
Capacity: NA
Provider: Behavioral Wellness, Department of Social Services, Individual Network Providers  

Community Health Educators (Promotora)
Community health educators from culturally under-served populations who provide educational workshops, discussion groups and support groups to address individual and family mental health and wellness topics. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services ensure linkages to services. Cultural wellness practices are integrated into outreach, consultation and early intervention activities.
Ages Served: All
Regions: All
Capacity: NA
Provider: Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, La Casa De La Raza, Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic  

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH)
Provides in-home support, health and development screening, parent education and skills training, infant-parent psychotherapy, advocacy, resources and referrals.
Region: All  
Ages Served: 0-5
Capacity: 185
Provider: CALM, Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People, Santa Barbara County Education Office, Community Action Commission  

HOPE
Provides an array of intensive in-home services available to foster home and extended family home placements. Seeks to maintain the stability of children in their homes and placements and reduce multiple placements.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 82
Provider: CALM, Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center  

Inpatient Acute Services
Provided for individuals requiring hospitalization for psychiatric conditions. Children are served primarily at Aurora Vista Del Mar Hospital in Ventura.
Ages Served: All
Regions: All
Capacity: NA
Provider: Various providers, including Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF), Aurora Vista Del Mar Hospital and Institutions for Mental Disease (IMDs)  

Integration of Behavioral Health Care in Community Clinics
The Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHCC) offer mental health services at three clinics in Santa Maria and one in Lompoc for individuals with mild or moderate mental illness. Expanded mental health resources in each community health clinic strengthen the capacity to assess, treat, and refer individuals at risk of developing a serious mental health condition.
Ages Served: All
Regions: North and West
Capacity: 3,800
Provider: Community Health Centers of the Central Coast  

Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS)
Intensive, individualized, strength-based interventions for foster care youth in the designated Katie A subclass.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: NA
Provider: Casa Pacifica, Family Services Agency  

Intensive In-Home Program
A home-based model of service delivery to help families solve problems within the context of their home environment. Includes stress management, building communication and parenting skills and additional behavioral interventions.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: TBD
Provider: CALM, Family Service Agency, Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center  

Intensive Therapeutic Foster Care (ITFC)
A medically necessary treatment service for foster care youth in the designated Katie A subclass. These children can accept and respond to close relationships within a family setting and require intensive therapeutic services.
Region: All
Ages Served: 0-21
Capacity: 5
Provider: Family Care Network  

Juvenile Justice Mental Health Services (JJMHS)
Serves youth in the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Probation institutions, including Juvenile Hall, the Los Prietos Boys Camp, and the Los Prietos Academy. JJMHS staff members also conduct evaluations for the juvenile court and provide outpatient psychotherapy for Probation youth.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: NA
Provider: Behavioral Wellness

Managed Care Mental Health/Brief Therapy
Provides children who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries and their families brief, time-limited therapy.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children
Capacity: NA
Provider: CALM, Family Service Agency, Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center
 
Patients' Rights

Patients' Rights Advocates are Behavioral Wellness staff members who report directly to the Behavioral Wellness Chief of Compliance. They are available to assist anyone who has a concern about the legal rights of consumers, family members, and members of the community. Patients' Rights Advocates can answer questions, provide advice, and represent consumers in grievances, appeals, and State Fair Hearings.
Ages Served: All
Regions: All
Capacity: NA
Provider: Behavioral Wellness

Prevention Services
Education, environmental prevention and early intervention services targeted to prevent individuals from abusing substances and to limit access to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in the community.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 2,050
Provider: Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Central Coast Future Leaders, Noah's Anchorage, Channel Islands Isla Vista Teen Center, UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program, Guadalupe Police Department Gladiators, UCSB Department of Counseling Evaluation Services, People Helping People, Family Services Agency, Santa Maria Youth and Family Treatment Center, United Way of Santa Barbara.  

Provider Network
Licensed mental health professionals contracted as Network Providers with Behavioral Wellness to provide short-term outpatient individual, family and group therapy for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with specialty mental health needs.
Ages Served: All
Regions: All
Capacity: NA
Provider: Individual practitioners.   

Rehabilitation Specialist Services
Flexible, intensive and individualized behavioral interventions are designed to assist youth in developing interpersonal and social skills, manage negative behaviors and succeed in their home, school and community.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 126
Provider: Community Action Commission    

Residential Placement (Children)
Placement for children RLC 13-14.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: NA
Provider: Casa Pacifica and others.  

Residential Treatment Mental Health Services Program
Provides mental health services for children who have been temporarily removed from their homes by the Department of Social Services and placed in a facility in Camarillo.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: NA
Provider: Casa Pacifica  

Resiliency Interventions for Sexual Exploitation (RISE)
Provides services to young victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Services are also offered to siblings and family members to decrease the chance of sibling involvement and increase the positive involvement of family members in promoting the recovery and reintegration of victims. Friends, families, service providers, and community members will be educated in how to recognize the signs of sex trafficking, and what to do if you suspect someone is in danger.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 80  

SAFTY (Children's Mobile Crisis)
A mobile crisis response program for children, youth and families. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: NA
Provider: Casa Pacifica  

SB 163 Wraparound
Returns children and youth in group home care to their communities or to help children at imminent risk of placement to remain in their homes.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 25
Provider: Casa Pacifica  

School-Based Mental Health Program
Early identification of alcohol and other drug problems related to the use or abuse of drugs and provides services for mild-to-moderate mental illness.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: NA
Provider: Family Services Agency, Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center  

SPIRIT
Wraparound program that provides a family-focused, strength-based, individualized service to help children and their families meet needs through natural community supports or through the mental health system of care. SPIRIT staff members ensure that care is available 24/7 to keep youth and families stable and safe.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 75
Provider:  Behavioral Wellness and CALM  

START (Support, Treatment, Advocacy and Referral Team)
This program provides mental health assessment, screening and treatment, home visits, school collaborations, family interventions, linkage and education for children, adolescents and families. A school-based program offers prevention and early intervention mental health services to students in Carpinteria public schools experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.
Region: South
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 90
Provider: Family Services Agency, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse   

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS)
Short-term, strength-based, behavioral-focused service that works with a child, caregivers and the primary mental health provider to address behaviors that put a child at risk for a higher level of care.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 60
Provider: Casa Pacifica  

Wellness & Resiliency Teams
Specialized outpatient teams in each region use evidence-based practices to serve children with serious emotional disturbance.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: TBD
Provider: Behavioral Wellness

Youth and Family Treatment Centers
Treatment for youth who have begun using drugs and alcohol, and their families, in the community and through school based counseling services. The focus is on youth between the ages of 13 and 17, and programs provide age appropriate developmental services and family involvement.
Region: All
Ages Served: Children and Adolescents
Capacity: 100
Provider: Daniel Bryant Youth and Family, Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center, Coast Valley Substance Abuse Treatment Center  

Youth Service Specialists (YSS)
The Youth Service System provides trained Youth Service Specialists (YSS) who work at junior highs and high schools from Carpinteria to Goleta, providing a continuum of alcohol and other drug-related prevention and intervention services.
Region: South
Ages Served: Junior High and High School
Capacity: 340
Provider: Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse