Children and Transitional Age Youth Services
Children's System of Care
For information about the following programs, call Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at (209) 381-6800 or toll free at (888) 334-0163.
Referrals and Linkage to Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
Children's Services works with several Merced County service agencies to provide services to families with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. The goal of this program is to keep the youth with family, while attending school, and out of trouble. For the following services, call (209) 381-6800 or toll free (888) 334-0163.
An assessment is a thorough exam of the history and current state of the individual's mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns used to determine what mental health services are needed. Related cultural issues and history are also examined.
Case management services help families connect with community resources and aid children and youth in meeting their treatment goals.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT)
EPSDT is a Medi-Cal service that corrects or improves mental health problems for children and young people under the age of 21.
We provide services that evaluate and monitor individuals who need psychotropic medications.
Trained staff who can provide a variety of treatment approaches are available.
Therapeutic Behavior Services (TBS)
TBS are available for children and youth up to age 21 who are full-scope Medi-Cal beneficiaries. TBS is one-on-one contact between mental health providers and a beneficiary for a brief period of time to maintain the youth's living situation and prevent psychiatric hospitalization by resolving problem behaviors and achieving short-term goals.
Individual, family, and group therapy are offered to meet mental health needs.
JBHC (Juvenile Behavioral Health Court)- Handbook
- Merced County Juvenile Behavioral Health Court is a court-supervised program for minors diagnosed primarily with an Axis I mental health illness and who are wards of the Juvenile Delinquency Court.
- Goal of the program is to provide the resources, tools and care to keep youth in school, out of trouble, and in their home.
FEP (First Episode Psychosis)
Goal of this program targets individuals 15-30 years of age that are experiencing their first psychotic episode and will provide intense case management, and clinical services including medication support. The hope is to get the youth early and assist in building rapport and engagement to further support level of independence.
CUBE (Community United by Empowerment) - TAY Wellness Center
- Fostering independence and self-sufficiency.
- A welcoming, fun, safe space and place for youth
- Explore Discovery Recovery Practice Learn
- Mental Health Services
- Open 10:00 to 5:00, Monday to Friday
- No Cost
- contact the CUBE at (209) 381-6800.