Behavioral Health Services for Transition-Age Youth

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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

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

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 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 h)

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

New Heights
Assists transition-age youth in making the successful transition into adulthood by offering an array of recovery-focused services, including mental health treatment, employment and education support and referrals, socialization support, and linkage to other service providers and community resources.
Region: All
Ages Served: Transition-Age Youth
Capacity: 90
Provider:  Behavioral Wellness and  Mental Health Systems  

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 & Early Intervention (PEI) TAY
Provides early screening and treatment services for individuals experiencing prodromal symptoms or the onset of a psychotic illness and/or those diagnosed with psychosis or other serious mental illness within the past 12 months. The program also provides outreach and education to the community by developing networks with those who can serve as "early identifiers."
Region: All
Ages Served: Transition-Age Youth
Capacity: 90
Provider: Behavioral Wellness and Mental Health Systems  

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.   

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
Provider: Behavioral Wellness

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  

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  

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   

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 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