Center for Specialized Children’s Services

The Center for Specialized Children’s Services is committed to providing accessible, effective and efficient behavioral health services to children, families, and community partners. These services are designed to meet a variety of needs including, but not limited to: advocacy, prevention, early intervention, and therapeutic treatment.

Children's Outpatient Therapy
The Center for Specialized Children’s Services is committed to providing accessible, effective and efficient behavioral health services to children, families, and community partners. These services are designed to meet a variety of needs including, but not limited to: advocacy, prevention, early intervention, and therapeutic treatment.

Early Childhood Mental Health Services
The Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist provides assessments and therapeutic services to children ranging in age from birth to five and their families. Consultation and education are also provided to agencies who work directly with young children. Child/family services can be billed to private insurance, Medicaid, or private pay based on income; agency consultations are free.

Partial Hospitalization

This daytime program is for adolescents and preadolescents with severe emotional disorders. This program includes an intense educational component within the school year, daily psychiatric monitoring, and intensive therapy throughout the year.

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a milieu-based psychiatric treatment program for children and adolescents ages nine through seventeen. The program is conducted 5 days per week, with consumers attending seven hours each day. Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary treatment team. Educational services are contracted through the city’s independent school system.

Admission criteria for the program consist of a minimum IQ requirement of 70 and presence of a primary psychiatric diagnosis. The diagnosis may be related to behavioral/conduct problems, mood disorders, or a combination of diagnoses. All potential admissions to PHP are screened for appropriateness and must be able to benefit from intensive treatment in a highly structured setting. Individuals in need of 24 hour supervision are not considered appropriate for the PHP level of care. Discharge planning is begun at the time of admission to PHP. All treatment is based on an individualized treatment plan and incorporates individual, group and family therapy. Families are considered an integral part of the treatment process and are required to attend periodic meetings with treatment staff. Utilization of a four level system enables consumers to evaluate their own progress throughout the treatment process as well as providing opportunities for increasing privilege and responsibility. Aftercare planning is considered essential to continued progress toward optimal functioning. All available resources are considered when formulating aftercare plans with careful coordination of services given high priority.