School-Aged Treatment Services (SATS)

School-Aged Treatment Services (SATS)

The SATS program offers individual, group, and family counseling services with specific treatment for children and youth ages seven to 22 years of age who are experiencing severe distress due to a mental health condition and those who have had long term difficulties. The DMCC accepts Medi-Cal, IEHP, TriCare, Pacific Care, Molina, and cash on a sliding scale for services provided. The purpose of SATs is to develop a plan with the student and family, that will work toward developing skills that will alleviate the symptoms that necessitated counseling services. Referrals may be made through the child’s school, parents, physicians, and/or guardians. The DMCC provides SATS medication support and management upon referral from the treating therapist to the DMCC medical doctor. SATS are primarily provided at each child’s school, but are also offered in the home, clinic, and community as needed. The DMCC also provides Screening, Assessment, Referral, and Treatment (SART) for children birth to six years old, Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS), and/or Children’s Intensive Services (CIS). For more information, please ask your therapist or one of our quality DMCC support staff.

  • The child may receive individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and/or case management. The therapeutic interventions will directly address the treatment goals developed by the therapist, caregiver, and child. Specific types of treatment that may be used are Play Therapy®; Theraplay® techniques; Parent, Child, Interactive Therapy; Cognitive Therapy; and/or Behavioral Therapy.

  • The majority of services offered by the DMCC are provided at the child’s school site. Therapists travel to the school site to provide services as determined in the child’s client plan. Services available through the DMCC vary depending on the needs of the child.

  • All children (meeting financial qualifications) referred to the DMCC will receive an assessment consisting of an interview with the parent and/or guardian and the child. The assessment will determine the level of treatment the child will need. All children meeting medical necessity will have a treatment plan developed by their therapist. The treatment plan will include specific goals and will work towards alleviating the symptoms that necessitated counseling services.

  • Various types of interventions may be used in working towards a child’s treatment plan. Some services may be collateral working with the parent, guardian, and/or teacher in relation to the interventions used with the child. Collateral interventions on behalf of the child will develop a support network for the child to ensure success.

For more information, please contact our office at (760) 552-6700 or complete a online referral.