NAMI Sacramento, Sacramento's Voice on Mental Illness

Children through Age 18 and Parents

These are mental health resources specifically for children and adolescents under 18, featuring directories of services, County Mental Health Services for children, Private and Nonprofit Mental Health Services for children, and global resources.

Treatment Program References

NAMI has developed A Resource for Families Considering Residential Treatment Programs for Their Children to help families make an informed decision about sending their children to a residential treatment program. Although most children with mental illnesses respond to standard treatments, some children with more serious mental illnesses continue to struggle. Residential treatment programs, including wilderness therapy programs, boarding schools, academies, behavioral modification facilities, and boot camps, are often considered once families have exhausted all community mental health care resources. While some residential programs offer nurturing and caring environments and use evidence-based interventions, others are highly dangerous and damaging. The most concerning programs are those that operate under the philosophy that young people must be broken before they can be helped. These programs use disciplinary techniques such as degrading confrontation, deprivation of basic physical needs, and alienation from family. These abusive methods can confer permanent psychological damage and divide the young person from his or her family. This new web resource is intended to help families distinguish between residential treatment programs that are safe from those that may be dangerous and damaging.

Publications

  • NAMI Beginnings: the NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center's quarterly magazine that publishes articles about child & adolescent mental health. For a free subscription to the magazine call (703) 600-1117 or send email to biancar@nami.org.

Directories

Select from the drop-down list of services below or scroll down the page to see them all.

County Mental Health Services for Children

California Access to Recovery Effort (CARE)
 

Substance abuse treatment and recovery program for youth between the ages of 12 through 20 years of age residing in Los Angeles or Sacramento Counties.

http://www.californiacares4youth.com/youth.html
1 (866) 350-8773 or 1 (800) 788-2800
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Child ACCESS Team
 

Screens minors for eligibility and serves as the initial entry point for mental health services and assessments. Over 70 contracted programs and a dozen County run programs provide services.

web address
http://www.sacdhhs.com/article.asp?ContentID=484
phone

(916) 875-9980

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Child ACCESS Team
 

Screens minors for eligibility and serves as the initial entry point for mental health services and assessments. Over 70 contracted programs and a dozen County run programs provide services.

web address
http://www.sacdhhs.com/article.asp?ContentID=484
phone

(916) 875-9980

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Child Protective Services
 

Screens minors for eligibility and serves as the initial entry point for mental health services and assessments. Over 70 contracted programs and a dozen County run programs provide services.

web address
http://www.sacdhhs.com/default.asp
phone

Abuse Hotline (916) 875-5437
In an immediate emergency call 911 for law enforcement intervention.

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Minor Emergency Response Team (MERT)
 
Mental health assessments and crisis services to children and adolescents. Clinical and diagnostic services from MERT are available around the clock on a walk-in basis for children and families. In addition to providing triage and crisis stabilization services the MERT team provides support and guidance in response to many calls from concerned parents and caretakers.
web address
http://www.sacdhhs.com/article.asp?ContentID=484
phone

(916) 875-1113 or (916) 875-1114, 7:00 AM-11:00 PM

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Turning Point
 
Provides psychiatric services, support and advocacy for adults, children, transitional age youth and families. Programs include homeless intervention, residential and transitional services, and employment services. To get access to these services, contact the Adult ACCESS Team.
web address
http://www.tpcp.org
email
Alexis McKinnon AlexisMcKinnon@tpcp.org
phone
(916) 364-8395 ext 22
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Private and Nonprofit Mental Health Services for Children

Anxiety Treatment Center
 
Offers treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults, specializing in treating anxiety and related disorders. Knowledgeable and experienced staff are compassionate and sensitive to each individual's needs.
http://www.anxietytreatmentexperts.com/
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Diogenes Youth Services
 
Provides a comprehensive range of free services for runaway, homeless, and other youth at risk and their families including shelter, counseling, support groups, workshops and street outreach.
http://www.diogenesnet.com/
email
DYS9719@sbcglobal.net
(916) 369-5447 or 24-Hour Hotline 1-800-339-7177
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Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment of Psychotic Illness
(EDAPT Clinic, U.C. Davis Medical Center)
 
Comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for people age 12-40 who are experiencing their first episode of psychotic symptoms, who are at high risk, or showing early indicators of these symptoms.
http://earlypsychosis.ucdavis.edu/
email
jane.dube@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
Jane DuBe, LCSW (916) 734-2964
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Eastfield Ming Quong (EMQ) Children and Family Services
 
EMQ is the leading provider of children's mental health, wraparound, and social services in California, for children with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.
http://www.emq.org/
(916) 388-6400
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River Oak Center for Children
 
Offers prevention and assessment, early intervention and therapy and treatment. Family-focused programs give hope and opportunities for life improvements to children and their biological and foster families, as well as young mothers and their infants.
web address
http://www.riveroak.org/
phone
(916) 609-5100
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Global Resources for Children

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
 
A  trusted source of vital information on Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, resources at your fingertips, and a network of parents and experts who can help.
http://www.bpkids.org/
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Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation
 
Charitable organization dedicated to the support of research for the study of early-onset bipolar disorder. Organized a consortium of world-class investigators from a number of medical schools.
http://www.jbrf.org/index.html
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National Child Traumatic Stress Network
 
Mission: to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families.
http://www.nctsnet.org/
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Time for Kids
 
Leadership, support and advocacy for prevention/early intervention programs which enhance the social, emotional and educational growth of California's elementary school children.
http://www.timeforkids.net/
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United Advocates for Children of California
 
UACC is a nonprofit advocacy organization working on behalf of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
http://www.uacc4families.org
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NAMI Sacramento cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide.
Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision
regarding treatment of yourself or others.