Children's Mental Health Services
For questions please contact Family and Children's Services: 916-872-6549 or Toll Free 866-293-1940
Mental Health Assessments
- Assessments for non-crisis intensive Mental Health Services are provided by Masters-level professional clinicians in all geographic areas of the Placer County, including Auburn, Roseville, Lincoln, and King’s Beach in Tahoe. Self-referred individuals or families will either have an appointment scheduled with the Managed Care Unit, with Sierra Mental Wellness Group (an organizational provider), an MFT or LCSW in the Placer County Network, or they will be linked to another appropriate community or agency provider depending on needs and insurance coverage.
- Wraparound is a program providing intensive in-home support services to families in Placer County where children are at risk of out-of-home placement or they have been put in placement and cannot return home successfully without extra support. The program uses the 10 principles of Wraparound, as it focuses on building upon family and individual strengths to reach successful outcomes.
- FACS teams or community contractors have been certified to assess children for hospitalizations as a danger to self, danger to others, or gravely disabled due to a mental disorder (California Welfare and Institutions Code 5150). These staff then consult with designated psychiatrists who have the authority to admit children to certified or licensed psychiatric facilities.
Therapeutic Behavioral Services - TBS
- Specially trained family support counselors and other professional staff will provide one-on-one assessment and intervention services to children whose behaviors put them at risk for school or placement failure. These intensive services are individualized to meet the unique needs of each child. TBS has strict eligibility requirements as mandated through the Department of Health Care Services pursuant to the Emily Q class action settlement. Family Support Counselor services are similar to TBS, but are designed to be more flexible in funding and eligibility to meet the needs of Placer families.
- Placer currently has contracts with Child and Adolescent facilities within easy driving distance. Placer ensures indigent, under insured, as well as Medi-Cal youth have access to inpatient care. CSOC provides immediate case management services in these cases.
- After each assessment is completed, children requiring less intensive mental health services will be referred into the Children’s System of Care (CSOC), to an internally conducted group therapy group, or to one of 100 certified network providers for individual or group therapy. If more intensive outpatient services are deemed clinically appropriate, a referral to a family support counselor, TBS, or Wraparound is made. A supervisor, who screens the referral for level of intensity, and medical necessity, makes this determination. Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring is also available through an internal CSOC psychiatrist and through referral to Chapa De Indian Health Program, Inc.