Riverside County

Below is a list of programs we offer in this county, and a brief description of each. For fuller descriptions of a program, please click on the program name.

Academy Classrooms provides psychoeducation for 7th and 8th Graders in Lake Elsinore USD. The goal of the program is to improve academic performance and reduce dropouts. The more work we can do in reducing dropouts the better the community will be overall. This program is done in partnership with the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. 

​Aggression Replacement Training® is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.The program specifically targets chronically aggressive children and adolescents ages 12-17.

The services at VCSS Perris are highly individualized and flexible in order to meet the specific needs of families, stabilize immediate crises, and to provide care for the child in the least restrictive setting possible. VCSS Perris maintains a favorable staff to client ratio that allows treatment contact to be tailored to each client’s particularly needs. We take a team approach that includes Psychiatrists, Clinicians, and Rehabilitative specialists.

This program is for juvenile justice involved adolescents ages 12-18 suffering from co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health disorders) that can best be served by the provision of a highly individualized, comprehensive, compassionate program.

The program is based upon a treatment collaborative, following a harm reduction model, and ensuring that all stakeholders are involved in the process. Through this process the needs of these adolescents can be met and teens can be empowered, families restored, and lifelong recoveries initiated and sustained.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach with two key characteristics: a behavioral, problem-solving focus blended with acceptance-based strategies, and an emphasis on dialectical processes. "Dialectical" refers to the issues involved in treating patients with multiple disorders and to the type of thought processes and behavioral styles used in the treatment strategies. 

ERMHS encompasses a wide variety of treatments and programs that serve the mental health community. Programs under the ERMHS umbrella Include:

  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Individual, Family & Group Counseling
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Parent training and Family support
  • Crisis Intervention and stabilization
  • Medication support and monitoring; and
  • Wraparound intensive services

Families and Schools First (FAST) is an evidenced based early intervention program targeting families with children in kindergarten-third grade identified as at-risk. The program utilizes a multi-family group format designed to build on children’s strengths, empower parents and build a peer support network. 

The Family Assessment and Support Team offers intensive short-term services for stabilization to children and families who are at risk due to recent hospitalization, detention, or have issues of placement stability. Click on the program link for more information.

VCSS specializes in providing family-based mental health treatment and case management services for a broad array of target populations. This service focuses on children and youth who are at risk of out-of-home placement, in foster care, involved with the Juvenile Justice system, and with more serious emotional disorders for which traditional services are insufficient.  Children’s School Based Services are a strength based approach that maximizes an individuals functioning in the school setting.

Incredible Years is a set of three interlocking, comprehensive, and developmentally based training programs for children and their parents and teachers. These programs are guided by developmental theory on the role of multiple interacting risk and protective factors in the development of conduct problems. The three programs are designed to work jointly to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioral and emotional problems in young children.

Katie A. services were established in the State of California as a result of a settlement agreement with the intention of transforming the way California children/youth who are in foster care, or who are at imminent risk of foster care placement receive access to mental health services. The transformed model of care is referred to as the Core Practice Model or CPM. It is a coherent and all-inclusive approach to service planning and delivery.

LEAP (Learn Empower Advocate Persevere) is a program that provides intensive advocacy services and evidenced based interventions to youth  involved with Riverside County Department of Social Services and Riverside County Probation. This is a strength based intervention implemented to resolve immediate family crisis and help each family and youth create support systems in their community. 

The Matrix Model is an intensive outpatient treatment approach for stimulant abuse and dependence that was developed through 20 years of experience in real-world treatment settings. The intervention consists of relapse-prevention groups, education groups, social-support groups, individual counseling, and urine and breath testing delivered over a 16-week period. Patients learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse, receive direction and support from a trained therapist, become familiar with self-help programs, and are monitored for drug use by urine testing.

Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change.

It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

The goal of the Peer to Peer Program is to promote community awareness in Transition Age Youth (TAY) about mental health, link TAY to mental health services in the community and reduce the stigma associated with having mental illness. The Peer-To-Peer Program is funded by the Riverside County Department of Mental Health and the Mental Health Services Act and Prevention and Early Intervention funding. 

Set-4-School provides a comprehensive continuum of early identification, early intervention, and treatment services designed to promote social competence and decrease the development of disruptive behavior disorders among children ages 0-5.  

Our TBS program provides critical, short-term support and is designed to provide one-on-one therapeutic aid to children/youth. TBS provides structure and support that will assist children in living successfully in the least restrictive setting possible.

We work with Transition Age Youth and Young Adults in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, providing them with vocational and employment support services that teach them employment skills to effectively move them into meaningful work.  Providing them the opportunity to obtain marketable job skills further supports their transition into adulthood.

The TIP Model™ prepares youth and young adults with EBD for their movement into adult roles through an individualized process, engaging them in their own futures planning process, as well as providing developmentally-appropriate and appealing supports and services (Clark & Hart, 2009). The TIP Model™ involves youth and young adults (ages 14-29) in a process that facilitates their movement towards greater self-sufficiency and successful achievement of their goals.

At VCSS we provide a coordinated and comprehensive array of services for TAY clients who meet the focal population criteria and allow clients to selectively utilize services needed to maximize their individual potentials (Resiliency/Recovery Model) and successfully transition into adulthood.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its focus is on those who have experienced trauma. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression.

The Triple P--Positive Parenting Program is a multilevel system or suite of parenting and family support strategies for families with children from birth to age 12, with extensions to families with teenagers ages 13 to 16. Developed for use with families from many cultural groups, Triple P is designed to prevent social, emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems in children by enhancing their parents' knowledge, skills, and confidence.

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