We assess children in accordance with the Welfare and Institution Code, Section 11462.01, as meeting applicable criteria for placement as specified in the Health and Safety Code, Section 1502.4. Specifically, children appropriate for placement meet criteria as emotionally disturbed that are in need of mental health services and behavioral stabilization but do not require inpatient care in a licensed health facility. These children typically have substantial deficits in one or more of the following:

  • Self-care
  • School functioning
  • Family relationships
  • Emotional regulation
  • Explosive anger
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Cognitive function
  • Social skills

We accept~

We accept children (Ages 12-18) who may have a history of suicide ideation and/or self-endangering behaviors, and/or serious violence toward others including family members, school personnel, peers, and/or treatment staff. Dangerous behaviors related to mental health diagnoses and/or past trauma are carefully evaluated to ensure that appropriate mitigations can be put in place to provide effective service while keeping both children and staff safe. Children with documented histories of dangerous and/or violent behaviors in the absence of evidence to support the presence of mental health conditions, or emotional disturbance, are inappropriate for admission in accordance with WIC 11462.01.

We do not accept~

  • Identified Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)
  • Adjudicated sex offenders
  • Convicted fire-setters
  • Convicted auto thieves
  • Gang members

We also do not accept children~

  • Whose primary diagnosis is substance dependence
  • Who are non-ambulatory
  • Whose levels of cognitive functioning inhibit their ability to benefit from the program

We may admit under special circumstances~

  • Children determined to have borderline cognitive functioning
  • Regional Center eligible children