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Family-Based Mental Health Services

Family-Based Mental Health Services

This program is for children up to the age of 21 who have serious mental health issues or behavioral problems. Often outpatient therapy has not been enough, and they are at risk of needing treatment in a psychiatric hospital or other out-of-home setting.

Since our goal is to help you care for your child in your own home, Family-Based Mental Health Services require that at least one adult family member or caregiver be willing to participate in treatment.

Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a crisis/safety plan worked out during initial meetings.

To participate in the program, a recommendation by a physician or psychologist is required, along with a diagnosis of mental illness.

Family-Based Mental Health Services include:

  • Crisis intervention and stabilization services, with a crisis plan updated monthly
  • Family support services
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Parent training, tailored specifically to the family's needs
  • Support for the family in obtaining education, legal, medical and social services if necessary


Our therapists are experienced, diverse, and receive high quality training on the best ways to work with families. More importantly, we view parents as the experts on their families, and want our services to enhance already existing family strengths and support systems.

This program will:

  • Help strengthen and keep your family together
  • Help your family learn new problem solving skills
  • Improve the coping skills of all family members
  • Teach parenting skills and new ways of managing child behavior
  • Advocate for children in the school and the community
  • Assist your family to get other needed services























Read Billy's Story
How a family learned to cope with defiance, anxiety and autism.

Recommended Reading

  • Families: Applications of Social Learning to Family Life by Gerald Patterson. Offers explanations of children's problem behaviors and how they relate to parents and family systems.
  • "The Magic of the Family Meal" Time magazine article, Sunday, June 4, 2006.