Mental Health

Strengthen families and communities

Even in the face of profound trauma, loss, or disability, every child and family hold a reserve of strength and resilience. Seneca’s mental health programs draw upon these inherent strengths to create space for healing, growth, and love. Our mental health programs include community-, school-, and clinic-based outpatient services, Wraparound, crisis stabilization, short-term residential treatment, Guided Animal Intervention Therapy, and support for commercially sexually exploited youth.

All of our mental health programs are grounded in Unconditional Care and Seneca’s commitment to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of a child and family, no matter what challenging behaviors or service needs arise. Seneca’s own clinical treatment model guides assessment and treatment planning based on three separate but interrelated dimensions of youth and family need: relational, drawing from Attachment Theory; behavioral, drawing from Learning Theory; and ecological, drawing from Systems Theory. More information about Seneca’s clinical treatment model may be found in our book, Unconditional Care.

Unconditional Care Book

Seneca’s Behavioral Health services include:

Wraparound and Full-Service Partnerships

Seneca has been a leading Wraparound provider in California for more than 21 years since establishing one of the first Wraparound programs in the state in 1997. Seneca partners with behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice departments across California, implementing its Wraparound model focused on enhancing youth safety, permanency, and wellbeing through Wraparound and Full-Service Partnership (FSP) programs for vulnerable youth and families.

Community-Based Mental Health Services

Designed to meet a broad range of mental health needs, Seneca’s continuum of outpatient mental health services are primarily community-based, provided in the home or other community locations to make services as inclusive, responsive, and accessible as possible. Seneca’s array of community-based outpatient mental health services includes individual, group, and family therapy, case management, care coordination, individual rehabilitation, and therapeutic behavioral services (TBS).

Clinic-Based Mental Health Services

Seneca’s mental health clinics provide outpatient and intensive outpatient services designed to meet a broad range of mental health needs. Mental health clinics are designed to be trauma-informed and welcoming, providing a safe space for youth and families to engage in therapeutic services. Seneca’s clinic-based mental health programs provide a broad range of services, including individual, group, and family therapy, collateral support, case management, care coordination. 

School-Based Mental Health Services

Seneca provides a broad array of integrated school-based mental health services with varying levels of intensity. Seneca’s school-based services are grounded in the agency’s understanding that schools are a critical access point for addressing youth and family needs through early identification and integrated supports. Seneca’s continuum of school-based services include outpatient mental health programs, counseling-enriched classroom (CEC) programs, non-public schools (NPS) programs for youth with complex needs, and Seneca’s Unconditional Education whole-school prevention and early intervention program designed to create safe, positive, and enriching climate and culture for all students.

Crisis Response Programs

Seneca believes that crisis response programs are a vital service for youth and families and should exist within a spectrum of services designed to allow youth to remain in their homes and communities, even when experiencing acute distress. Seneca’s crisis services provide proactive early interventions before crises, active support during crises to divert youth from hospitalization or other restrictive interventions, and step-down support for youth transition from inpatient care, juvenile hall, or other restrictive settings. Seneca’s crisis response programs include mobile response teams, crisis stabilization units, partial hospitalization programs, and short-term residential therapeutic programs (STRTPs) designed for youth with complex mental health needs. 

Juvenile Justice Services

Seneca is committed to providing restorative, culturally-responsive, and holistic services that divert youth from further involvement with the courts, decrease harmful behaviors, and improve their mental, social, and spiritual health. Seneca programs that increase social-emotional functioning, reduce re-offense rates, and treat trauma of probation-involved youth include Intensive Case Management (ICM), assessment services, re-entry services, diversion-focused treatment services, and evidence-based practices such as Wraparound, Aggression Replacement Training (ART), and Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST).

Integrated Mental Health Services for Permanency and Placement Programs

Seneca strongly believes that youth in placement are best served through comprehensive care that can effectively integrate mental health and placement services. Seneca’s integrated mental health and placement programs, such as Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC), Enhanced Intensive Services Foster Care (EISFC), and Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) provide youth and caregivers with access to a range of specialty mental health services, including case management, collateral support, individual rehabilitation, and individual and family therapy to address mental health needs while stabilizing and strengthening placement and permanency for the youth. 

Guided Animal Intervention Therapy

The Guided Animal Intervention Therapy (GAIT) program, located at Seneca’s Ranch site in Anaheim Hills, is a certified therapeutic riding program specializing in treating youth who experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, and loss. Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)-certified staff assist youth to develop meaningful relationships with horses, wherein they discover natural strengths, cultivate self-soothing behaviors, and learn positive coping strategies.

Reunified Immigrant Families

“Todo Por Mi Familia” is a mental health initiative promoted by the Seneca Family of Agencies, a California-based nonprofit organization that coordinates different types of counseling for thousands of immigrant parents and children immigrants who were separated at the U.S. border. If you would like to know more about this amazing work, please click here!