Mental Health Services

Children's System of Care Program


Therapists and case managers provide intensified mental health services to children and adolescents who meet the State Criteria for a substantial impairment in major life areas such as self-care, school functioning, family relationships, or ability to function in the community, and who are at risk of self-harm, loss of placement, or who meet Special Education eligibility requirements. These individuals may also have multi-agency involvement such as with the Probation department, Child Protective Services, and/or the Severely Emotionally Disturbed children in the specialized School Program. 


The School-Based program consists of two divisions: The mainstream educational system and the Emotionally Disturbed (ED) system for children who have an educational designation of Emotional Disturbance which indicates that the child’s mental illness is such that it impacts the child’s ability to learn and succeed in a mainstream educational environment. These children are then assessed for Specialty Mental Health Services. The goal of the school-based program is to provide mental health services to children and adolescents within the school setting. Kings View has MOUs with 32 schools throughout Kings County.


Services by this therapist are intended to be short term, solution driven and strength based. They will be provided on school site and will be provided in collaboration with the other current prevention activities. When longer term services are required, this position will facilitate referrals to Kings View’s Children System of Care or other clinically appropriate programs.


The therapist has an exclusive focus of serving juveniles, who are on probation, and are viewed as a high risk of re-offending.  All referrals to this program go directly to the designated therapist who is primarily stationed at the probation office. The therapist conducts the initial assessment, which might be conducted while the juvenile is still in detained status. Following assessment, the therapist will either facilitate referral to the necessary service or will provide the service himself/herself. An effort is also made to engage the juvenile and their family as early as possible following release from detention. Another critical component is a greater level of collaboration between the juvenile’s probation officer and the treatment providers.


Therapeutic Behavioral Services are an Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment supplemental service for children/youth with serious emotional problems who are experiencing a stressful transition or life crisis and need additional short-term support to prevent placement in a group home of Rate Classification Level 12 through 14 or a locked facility for the treatment of mental health needs, including acute care, or to enable a transition from any of those levels to a lower level of residential care.

Therapeutic Behavioral Services are intended to supplement other specialty mental health services by addressing the target behavior(s) or symptom(s) that are jeopardizing the child/youth’s current living situation or planned transition to a lower level of placement. The purpose of providing therapeutic behavioral services is to further the child/youth’s overall treatment goals by providing additional one-to-one therapeutic services during a short-term period.


It is Kings View’s intent to provide holistic, multi-disciplinary treatment to adolescent sex offenders and child victims of sexual abuse so as to intervene and stop the cycle of abuse, to promote recovery and healing, and to aid in the development of healthy future outcomes for all participants and their families.

The Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program will provide individual, family, and group therapy from a largely cognitive-behavioral perspective based on current evidenced-based best practice findings. In addition to these therapy milieus, this 18 to 36 month program will incorporate a series of rehabilitative modules which will focus on various break-out topics such as Human Sexuality, Predation & Grooming, Managing Impulsivity, Victim Empathy, and Healthy Relationships among many others. 

The criteria for admission to the Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program include the following:

  • Minor must be adjudicated;
  • Minor must take responsibility for offense;
  • Minor must be appropriate for treatment as determined through assessment interviews conducted by Sexual Abuse Treatment Program clinician;
  • Minor must understand and accept Multi-Disciplinary Team communication and  consultation as part of treatment;
  • Minor and minor’s family must display a willingness to participate fully in treatment.

Treatment for sexual abuse survivors and their families will include individual, group, and family sessions as appropriate. Non-offending parents groups will also be offered.