The County of Yolo, Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMH) is requesting proposals from qualified contractors to provide services to at risk children and youth in rural areas of Yolo County.
In an effort to reduce the cost of residential placement services and reduce the cost of child/youth psychiatric hospitalization, ADMH has focused on developing a continuum of care that includes programs targeted at prevention and early intervention as well as community-based treatment options for children, youth, and families.
The Rural Children’s Resiliency Program will provide preventive services before the onset of serious mental health problems in order to promote increased mental health and build resiliency for children and youth as well as early intervention to support the child or youth to engage in developmentally appropriate activities that may be interrupted by the onset of mental health problems like school attendance and academic progress, supportive peer and family relationships, and life skills development for teens. In addition, this Program will expand the reach of mental health services to locations outside of typical service settings and provide services likely to reduce stigma associated with receiving mental health services.
The Program involves the provision of enrichment activities as well as support and discussion groups designed to address the emotional and mental well-being of children and youth. All groups and services should be provided in locations that children, youth, and their families in rural Yolo County areas can access and that decrease the stigma associated with receiving mental health services.
The Target Population will include the following :
Children ages 0 to 18 living in the rural areas of Yolo County that (1) have mental health treatment needs, that are experiencing emotional difficulties, and/or exhibiting high-risk behaviors and (2) that may be:
a. Children and youth in the foster care system
b. Children and youth involved in the juvenile justice system
c. Transition Aged Youth, specifically ages 16-18
d. Youth with a history of substance use
e. 0-5/Early Childhood Infant Mental Health