Catholic Community Services Family Behavioral Health Southend site is a licensed children’s mental health provider, serving youth from 5 through 17 years of age. CCS provides two main types of mental health services: short-term crisis services aimed at diverting youth from possible hospitalization when they present to an ED or a County Crisis Center, and longer-term intensive in-home services for youth with high ongoing needs. Our mission is to provide a community-based alternative for youth with mental health challenges and their families, allowing them to live safely in their homes and community and avoid institutional care whenever possible.
The youth we serve are often at risk of out-of-home placement due to the severity of their mental health or behavioral issues, and other providers with lower levels of care have been unsuccessful in meeting their needs. The intensive mental health treatment services we provide are designed to mitigate high-risk behaviors, promote skill development, decrease isolation by increasing connection to natural supports, maintain the youth’s school and home placements and work toward transition to sustainable lower-level services. All of our services are provided in nontraditional settings, including the youth and family’s home, school, and other community-based settings.
What We Do
Crisis Stabilization/CATS (Crisis and Transition Services)
Our crisis services are short-term programs designed to stabilize youth experiencing a mental health crisis in the community. Youth in this program present to a metro area hospital Emergency Department or a County Crisis Walk-In Center in a mental health crisis that would otherwise potentially lead to hospitalization or sub-acute admittance. Youth with Medicaid through CareOregon/HealthShare CCO or Trillium CCO are eligible for Crisis Stabilization services, which can last up to 90 days. Youth with private insurance are eligible for CATS services, which are typically 45 days or less. Both services focus on assessing the youth’s needs and connecting them with an appropriate ongoing provider. These mobile crisis services are available 24/7. The responding therapist provides an assessment of the youth in collaboration with the family and determines if the youth’s needs can be safely served through intensive services provided in the home and community. Enrollment in these services provides the youth and family with immediate access to an array of individualized services including individual and family therapy, 24/7 phone and in-person crisis support, skills training (Medicaid only), peer support, and psychiatric medication management. The primary therapist works with the family to collaborate around the best ways to individualize and utilize these services to support the youth and family.
Intensive In-Home Services (CBIT and IIBHT)
We are currently contracted to provide Community-Based Intensive Treatment Services (CBIT) and Intensive In-Home Behavioral Health Treatment (IIBHT) services for youth with CareOregon/HealthShare CCO Medicaid, Trillium CCO Medicaid, and Moda Health Insurance. In both programs, each youth has a CCS team made up of a Child and Family Therapist, Family or Youth Partner, Skills Training staff, and our Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who thoroughly assess each youth’s needs and strengths. The therapist works with the youth and family to form a collaborative Child and Family Team, including both natural and professional supports involved in the youth’s life. We guide and support the youth and family in goal setting, strengths, and needs identification, brainstorming options and strategies, and making a plan with clear individual assignments to take action. The therapist ensures family voice and ownership in plan development and decision making. They also work to maintain a spirit of optimism and hopefulness, encouraging team members never to give up. Services typically last 6-9 months (though they can go longer), leading to greater stability, safety, and success in the community.
Family Search & Engagement
“Children need their families and families need their children.” Family Search and Engagement services in the Portland office are provided to support permanency by collaborating with the systems in each youth’s life in order to support their need for safe connections to their family. Through Family Search and Engagement, children and youth are able to learn about their family, build a sense of identity, and form connections with safe family members. For some children in foster care, this can lead to a family placement or adoption plan. These services are currently available through two programs: youth who are involved with Wraparound Services through CareOregon can be referred by their Wraparound Coordinator, while Transition Age Youth (ages 10-24) can be referred by anyone, including self-referring, through funding from Oregon Health Authority (OHA). CCS Family Search and Engagement also provides training to community partners around ways to engage families and support children in gaining a connection with their family.