Did you know?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 1 in 5 adolescents has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life and that half of all mental health problems begin by age 14?
In a recent analysis of a 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, data found that half of all children (including adolescents) with disorders did not receive counseling or treatment.
- Early intervention and treatment is crucial as the World Health Organization indicates that “the consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend into adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.”
Behavioral/Mental Health Program Overview:
David & Margaret is here to help you determine if your child/adolescent would benefit from behavioral and mental health services. We provide a comprehensive range of behavioral and mental health services to Medi-cal Eligible children/adolescents and families starting with a thorough assessment completed by a therapist to determine if your child/adolescent would benefit from services.
Once the assessment is completed and it is determined your child/adolescent would benefit from services, a treatment plan is completed with you and your child/adolescent with one of our professional staff. This treatment plan will specify which of the below services you and your child/adolescent agree to participate in:
- Individual, Family, and/or group therapy provided by a licensed or licensed eligible therapist under the supervision of a licensed therapist;
- Medication Assessment/Management provided by a board-certified psychiatrist;
- Psychological Testing provided by a licensed psychologist to assist in identifying and treating potential learning or cognitive functioning disabilities; and
- Case Management and Rehabilitative Services to assist with identifying and linking you with needed community resources such as afterschool programs, parenting classes, transportation, childcare, housing, etc. These services also include staff who will work 1:1 with your child/adolescent to support the work of the therapist in such areas as anger management, following directions, problem-solving, daily life skills, etc.
To access either of the below programs, the agency must obtain prior approval from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. However, the agency can still provide intensive services until approval is obtained.
Child Full-Service Partnership (FSP) Program:
This intensive services program is eligible for children (ages 0-15) who have significant behavioral or mental health issues resulting in such things as failing classes in school; school truancy, suspensions or expulsions; being at risk for removal from the home by the Department of Children and Family Services or the Juvenile Justice System; violent angry outbursts; suicidal ideations or acts, and substance abuse problems.
Through this program, you will have access to a therapeutic team consisting of a therapist, a parent partner, and a 1:1 behavioral specialist to support you and your child. As this is an intensive program, initially some type of therapeutic service is provided 3-4 times a week to your child and family. Someone from the team is available 24/7 for crisis support and intervention. Once things are stabilized, the service intensity will decrease. Services are typically provided in the home and/or school.
Intensive Services Foster Care:
This program is similar to the above FSP program except it is specific to foster youth who are in a foster home where the foster parent has received specific therapeutic training and the foster youth has been assessed as needing more intensive mental health services due to significant emotional and/or behavioral disorders.
This program consists of a therapeutic team that includes the specifically trained foster parent, a therapist, 1:1 behavioral specialist, and a Foster Family Social worker. Initially, some type of therapeutic service is provided 3-5 times a week and decreases as the foster youth’s symptoms subside and stabilize. Services are mostly provided in the foster home.
How to Access Services:
Services are readily available in English and Spanish. Please contact us for additional information and/or to schedule an appointment at: 909-596-5921, ext. 3510 or GonzalesJ@davidandmargaret.org
You may also complete the referral form via the button at the top of this page. We recommend that you fax it to 909-912-8428 or utilize a secured email method such as encryption through Office 365 or Cisco Registered Envelope Service.