Children and Transitional Age Youth 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.
Referrals and Linkage to Mental Health Services.
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.
Parenting groups provide psycho-education and behavioral information and education.
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.