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Youth and Family

What is the Youth and Family Services Program?

Youth and Family Services  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 young people struggling with emotional 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.

Families are the center of a child’s life!  We believe by working closely with you we can make progress on your goals for your child. We offer you our experience and expertise and work in partnership with you.  We can offer services in our offices, your home, school  and community.  We serve youth ages 0-22 with a variety of presenting problems, including behavioral challenges, social/emotional needs such as anxiety and depression, trauma, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum and substance abuse.  Children are often referred by schools, pediatricians or families.

We value working with families as a whole unit—  and recognize that struggles parents may be having often affect children.  We collaborate with you to look for strengths to build on.  With your permission, we coordinate services, behavior plans, and understanding of your child’s needs with partners such as schools, childcare providers and primary care doctors to help to make services more effective.

Services Provided by Youth and Family Program:

  • NEW! ok. you've got this (The Resiliency Project)
  • Office-Based Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Access/Crisis Supports
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth (VCRHYP) services
  • Outreach Clinicians
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • School-based Mental Health Clinicians
  • Intensive School Supports Program
  • Champlain Valley Academy
  • JOBS
  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Respite
  • Home-Based Autism Services

Office-Based Therapy:

Individual, family and group therapy offered within the office setting. Use of evidence-based practices to treat trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems and the full range of child/family concerns..


Evaluation of complex cases, medication assessment and medication management of complex cases. Ongoing medication management may be referred to primary care physician.

Access/Crisis Team:

Child and family immediate response team. Crisis stabilization and assessment includes hospitalization screening, office-based service, some community outreach, staff and community consultation.

Runaway and Homeless Youth (VCRHYP):

Crisis services and short-term services to adolescents, including shelter care. The Parent/Child Center provides transitional housing services to youth ages 16 – 21.

Outreach Clinicians:

Individual and group community supports offer intensive home, school and community-based treatment and case management services to our most intensive, high-needs youth of all ages.. 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 and Mary Johnson Children’s Center provide intensive supports to children 0 – 6 and their families and within the childcare setting.

School-based Services:

Contractual agreements with many of the area schools provide mental health supports and case management services to youth in the school setting. Schools usually identify youth to be served.

School-based Mental Health Clinicians:

Services are available in many of the area elementary, middle and high schools. Services are referred through school support teams and focus on positive functioning throughout the school day.

Intensive School Supports Program:

Services are contracted through area schools to provide1-1 or school wide behavioral supports to children with emotional behavioral needs and on the autism spectrum.  Applied Behavioral Analysis is used as the framework for intervention.

Champlain Valley Academy:

This educational/behavioral program offers intensive intervention for up to twelve middle and high school aged youth who require these services, outside the public school setting. The program is located at the Catamount Park site. Staff focuses on assisting students academically and in learning and using emotional and behavioral skills enabling them to return to the public school setting.


Services to high-needs youth ages 16 – 27 with mental health barriers to successful employment.  The program coordinates treatment services as well as providing job development and support. The target population is  young people who aren't in school.

You can find out more about JOBS here

Adolescent Addiction Recovery:

Office-based individual and group assessment and treatment. Outreach services are also available to this population.


Respite services for youth with emotional/behavioral and developmental needs. Up to 20 hours per month of respite may be offered – usually as individual, daytime hours to give families a break.

Home Based Autism Services:

Intensive home-based supports for children diagnosed with Autism and their families.  The program uses Applied Behavioral Analysis as the framework for intervention.

Interagency Teaming:

It is often important in working with children and families to coordinate services between home, school and community and within 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:

  • Child and family specific crisis services are available through our Access Team Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm.  The CSAC Emergency Team covers afterhours calls for children and families. 
  • CSAC accepts Medicaid and all insurance providers. 
  • The Youth and Family Program is able to offer services to all families regardless of the availability of insurance.
  • Our offices at Catamount Park and in Bristol offer office-based therapy services and our Outreach Clinician Community Based services. 
  • Catamount Park is also home base for our Intensive School Supports Program and Champlain Valley Academy—our middle/high school educational treatment program.  We also have School-Based Clinicians at the majority of the schools in the county.  Referrals to school programs are through the child’s school.