Mental Health / Outpatient

Victor provides a significant number of mental health programs on an outpatient basis to allow treatment to happen without a child or young adult needing to leave their home.

We recognize that allowing a person to stay within a supportive family context whenever possible creates an optimal chance for growth and change to occur. 

I am a success story. Before I came to Victor I was in a mess, freaking out on people and making my family feel uncomfortable. I was untrusting and scared and needed help... now with VCSS I find myself making it through the day staying busy and occupied. I give thanks for everyone who is helping me.

Academy Classrooms

Academy Classrooms is a part of .

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. 

Children's Mental Health Services

Children's Mental Health Services is a part of .

The services at VCSS 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 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.

Services Include:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Individual, Family and Group Therapy
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Parent Training and Family Support
  • Crisis Intervention and Stabilization
  • Psychiatric Services including Medication Support and Monitoring

Initial data collected from VCSS’s school-based programs have shown a reduction in referrals to the school office and increased academic performance. VCSS utilizes the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment tool for the purpose of tracking treatment progress as well as a tool to provide feedback to the program regarding overall effectiveness and quality of services provided.


• Children Under 18 Years Old

• Medi-Cal Eligible

• Meets Medical Necessity

• Resides in a city we serve (contact us for further information)

Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS)

Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) is a part of .

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

Family Assessment and Support Team

Family Assessment and Support Team is a part of .

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.

Mental health services include: 

  • Family therapy;
  • Individual and collateral services;
  • Rehabilitation and activities of daily living; and
  • Medication support services 

Intensive case management may include collaboration with educational settings and adjunctive services such as TBS and PCIT; referral and linkage in home communities to longer term services and support.

Foster Care Assessment and Treatment

Foster Care Assessment and Treatment is a part of .

Our FCAT team provides mental health assessment and counseling for children who live with their families, relatives, or in foster homes.

This team provides services that enable children and families to live with continuity and minimal change in residential placement.

Home and School Based Programs

Home and School Based Programs is a part of .

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.

The programs main objectives are to:

  • Eliminate or decrease functional impairments in the class
  • Reduce behaviors that put clients and other at risk in the school setting
  • Provide behavior management techniques for school personnel to employ that maintain youth in the least restrictive classroom setting and
  • Identify and treat emotional/ behavioral concerns that may impact the youth later in life and/or effect areas of community functioning.

You have no idea how much I APPRECIATE having your services at my schools!!!!!!! You and the doctor have turned things around for so many kids---------the staff know how valuable you are as well. The rest of your staff are great-----the teachers talk about how great they are too-and are so thankful for their help. So, as long as Victor is around here all is well in my world.

Intensive Family Services

Intensive Family Services is a part of .

The goal of Intensive Family Services is to prevent children from being placed out-of-home and/or to support continuity of current placement. Our professional staff works in partnership with families, care-givers, public agencies, and the community to do “whatever it takes” to keep children safely in families.

Katie-A (Pathways to Wellness)

Katie-A (Pathways to Wellness) is a part of .

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 which includes the following:

  • A strong engagement with the child and family
  • Focus on strengths and needs
  • Team consists of formal and informal supports
  • Use of intensive in-home rehabilitation services
  • Support and encourage attainment of health and well being
  • Reduction of permanency timeline
  • Reduce reliance on congregate care

Matrix Model of Recovery

Matrix Model of Recovery is a part of .

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.

The program includes education for family members affected by the addiction. The therapist functions simultaneously as teacher and coach, fostering a positive, encouraging relationship with the patient and using that relationship to reinforce positive behavior change. The interaction between the therapist and the patient is realistic and direct, but not confrontational or parental. Therapists are trained to conduct treatment sessions in a way that promotes the patient's self-esteem, dignity, and self-worth.

SUCCESS 1st Early Wraparound

SUCCESS 1st Early Wraparound is a part of .

Success First is an early wraparound program to capture those seriously emotionally disturbed, unserved, underserved children/adolescents, age 0-15 years, to provide services, keeping them in the lowest level of care possible. A referral is reviewed by a Referral Management Team & if enrollment approved, client assigned to an agency (contractor). Referrals can come from anyone including:

  • CCRT
  • Clinic
  • Group Home 
  • Hospital
  • School
  • Family
  • Law Enforcement
  • Contractor
  • CFS
  • Probation

Someone who qualifies for this program is seriously emotionally disturbed child or adolescent, age 0-15 years, who:

  • is in need of crisis intervention and/or at risk of psychiatric hospitalization,
  • is at risk of removal from their home,
  • is having problems in school or is at risk of dropping out, 
  • is at risk of or currently involved in juvenile justice system,
  • is homeless or at risk of homelessness,
  • has co-occurring disorders,
  • is a high user of services or multiple hospitalizations,
  • is at risk due to lack of services because of cultural, linguistic, or economic barriers,
  • is uninsured,
  • is at risk due to exposure to domestic violence, physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, or sexual abuse. 


School-Aged Treatment Services

School-Aged Treatment Services is a part of .

The School Aged Treatment program is a highly individualized, family- focused and community-based specialty mental health treatment. The program is designed for individuals up to 21 years of age with emotional and behavior problems and who may be at risk of serious consequences.

Therapeutic Behavior Services (TBS)

Therapeutic Behavior Services (TBS) is a part of .

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.

Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Services

Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Services is a part of .

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; services address all identified transition needs in the domains of employment, educational opportunities, living situations, community life, medication, mental health, physical well being, drug and alcohol use, trauma, domestic violence, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.


Wraparound is a part of .

Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.

Since the term was first coined in the 1980s, “Wraparound” has been defined in different ways. It has been described as a philosophy, an approach, and a service. In recent years, Wraparound has been most commonly conceived of as an intensive, individualized care planning and management process. Wraparound is not a treatment per se. The Wraparound process aims to achieve positive outcomes by providing a structured, creative and individualized team planning process that, compared to traditional treatment planning, results in plans that are more effective and more relevant to the child and family. Additionally, Wraparound plans are more holistic than traditional care plans in that they are designed to meet the identified needs of caregivers and siblings and to address a range of life areas. Through the team-based planning and implementation process – as well as availability of research-based interventions that can address priority needs of youth and caregivers – Wraparound also aims to develop the problem-solving skills, coping skills, and self-efficacy of the young people and family members. Finally, there is an emphasis on integrating the youth into the community and building the family’s social support network.