Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder Programs for Youth

A calm childhood can turn into a stormy season when faced with unexpected stress.

At Starting Point, our youth programs are recognized by the state for their clinical excellence. We help children and teens handle the tough times that come with divorce, abuse, mental illness, bullying, substance abuse and more. Our therapy and resources help children deal with difficulty and succeed in daily life.

The Starting Point Youth program is designed for individuals under 18 years of age experiencing emotional or behavioral problems, as well as substance use disorders.

Emotional and Anger Management 

Topics include helping adolescents cope with stress and developing effective ways of managing their emotions and communicating with others. This group also designed to increase each member’s self-awareness and development of healthy coping strategies with both peers and family.

Individual and Family Therapy

Our counseling programs are designed to meet the needs of those who are experiencing mental, emotional, or behavioral issues. Services are provided by either Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Counselor Interns or Certified Addiction Professionals

In-Home Child Program

Because delinquency and foster care can cost more than $10,000 per year, keeping a child in the home is not only more cost effective but better for the child and the family. The In-Home Child Program keeps youth safe in their own home and helps parents re-unify with their children.

Mobile Response Team

Options are often limited when children or youth experience a behavioral health crisis. Families and caregivers often turn to law enforcement, hospital emergency departments and inpatient treatment for help. Our Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides provides on-demand crisis intervention services in any setting in which a behavioral health crisis is occurring, including homes, schools and emergency departments, to stabilize individuals and avoid the need for jail or hospital/emergency department treatment. Mobile response services are available 24/7 by a team of professionals trained in crisis intervention skills to ensure timely access to supports and services. In addition to helping resolve the crisis, teams work with the individual and their families to identify and develop ongoing strategies for effectively dealing with potential future crises.

Prevention Services

We offer a school-based substance use disorder prevention program including intervention and counseling during school hours. Services include 30-minute individual prevention counseling using the evidence-based program Ripple Effects. Topics include  healthy coping skills, bullying prevention, peer pressure, family stress and school performance.

Working Recovery

Teens referred for this group include referral sources such as teen court, diversion and Department of Juvenile Justice. Topics include self-talk, thinking errors, responsible thinking, personal response and self-evaluation in an effort to change criminal behavior. Teens and their group counselor work collaboratively to create a relapse prevention plan.

For more information, call 904-225-8280.