Youth And Family Programs
What is the Youth and Family Services Program?
Youth and Family Services Program provides therapy, community supports and case management to youth, children and their families in school, office, home and community-based settings. Substance abuse treatment and adventure-based programs are offered along with a youth employment program, a school-based intensive school supports program and an educational treatment program for youth struggling with emotional/behavioral disorders. Partnerships with area agencies help to provide mental health services to youth of transition age (16 – 22) and to pre-school age children. We often work as a team with parents and caregivers, schools and other agencies to develop coordinated service plans.
Goal of Youth and Family Program:
Every child’s mental health is important. Emotional/behavioral problems in children are real, painful and can be severe. The children you love and care for may be fine, but it’s important that you know the warning signs of possible problems. The following link will bring you to a brochure that will help you to know the warning signs for possible mental health problems in children or teenagers.
Services Provided by Youth and Family Program:
- Runaway and Homeless Youth (VCRHYP)
- Therapeutic Outreach
- Early Childhood Mental Health
- School-based Services
- School-based Mental Health Clinicians
- Intensive School Supports Program
- Champlain Valley Academy
- Family Advocate Program
- Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
Description of Services
Evaluation of complex cases, medication assessment and medication management of complex cases. Ongoing medication management may be referred to primary care physician. CSAC does not have available a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist, consequently, young children with psychiatric needs are referred out of the agency.
Child and family immediate response team. Crisis stabilization and assessment includes hospitalization screening, office-based service, some community outreach, staff and community consultation.
Individual and group community supports offer intensive home, school and community-based treatment and case management services to our most intensive, high-needs youth. Adventure-based Treatment Services, including the Equestrian Partnership and the Summer Forest Project are included in this program.
Early Childhood Mental Health:
Contractual agreements with the Addison County Parent/Child Center, the CUPS Team, and Mary Johnson Children’s Center provide intensive supports to children 0 – 6 and their families. Therapeutic outreach is available for this population through Therapeutic Outreach and School-based Services.
Contractual agreements with many of the area schools provide mental health treatment and case management services to high-needs youth. These services are offered within self-contained classrooms and in offices accessible to the general student population. Schools identify youth to be served.
School-based Mental Health Clinicians:
Services are available in many of the area elementary, middle and high schools. Clinical services are referred through school support teams and focus on positive functioning throughout the school day.
Intensive School Supports Program:
This program offers services to children on the Autism Spectrum as well as children with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders when a school specifically contracts for these services for a particular child. This program uses the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis in an integrated public school setting.
Champlain Valley Academy:
This educational/behavioral program offers intensive intervention for up to nine middle and high school aged youth who require these services outside the public school setting. The program is located at the 67 Catamount Park site. Staff focus on assisting youth in both keeping up with their peers educationally and in the acquisition and maintenance of emotional and behavioral skills which will enable them to return to the public school setting.
Family Advocate Program:
Intensive Family-Based Services (IFBS) are offered through a contract with Family Services to support high-needs families with concerns of abuse and neglect, risk of residential treatment and re-unification needs.
JOBS - (Jump On Board for Success):
Services to high-needs youth ages 16 – 21 with mental health barriers to successful employment. Program coordinates treatment services as well as providing job development and support. Target population is youth not in school.
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment:
Office-based individual and group assessment and treatment. Prevention activities are offered through the Student Assistance Professionals at the area high schools and middle schools. Therapeutic outreach services are also available to this population.
Grant from the state Department of Mental Health provides respite services for youth with emotional/behavioral challenges. Up to 20 hours per month of respite may be offered – usually as individual, daytime hours.
How Can Services Be Obtained?
- For more information about our services, please call 388-6751 to set up an appointment with our Youth and Family Services intake clinicians.
- Our intake clinicians will meet with you and your child to collect information about the challenges you are facing.
- You will be referred to one of our programs that best meets your child’s and family’s needs.
How Are These Services Paid For?:
- Medicaid will cover the majority of services listed.
- Private insurance is accepted for office-based therapy.
- There is a sliding fee scale for those with no insurance.
It is often important in working with children and families to coordinate services between home, school and community and with the other agencies that may be working with your child. Addison County frequently uses the Coordinated Services Planning process (Act 264) to develop integrated plans. The following link to the Department of Mental Health website further describes the process: www.mentalhealth.vermont.gov/cafu.