Children and Transitional Age Youth Services

Children's System of Care

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For information about the following programs, call Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at (209) 381-6800 or toll free at (888) 334-0163.


Children's Services works with several Merced County service agencies to provide services to families with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. The goal of this Service is to keep the youth with family, attending school, and out of trouble. For the following services, call (209) 381-6800 or toll free (888) 334-0163.


An assessment is a thorough exam of the history and current state of the individual's mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns used to determine what mental health services are needed. Related cultural issues and history are also examined.

Case Management

Case management services help families connect with community resources and aid children and youth in meeting their treatment goals.

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT)

EPSDT is a Medi-Cal service that corrects or improves mental health problems for children and young people under the age of 21.

Medication Support

We provide services that evaluate and monitor individuals who need psychotropic medications.

Multi-Disciplinary Staff

Trained staff who can provide a variety of treatment approaches.

Therapeutic Behavior Services (TBS)

TBS are available for children and youth up to age 21 who are full-scope Medi-Cal beneficiaries. TBS is one-on-one contact between mental health providers and a beneficiary for a brief period of time to maintain the youth's living situation and prevent psychiatric hospitalization by resolving problem behaviors and achieving short-term goals.


Individual, family, and group therapy are offered to meet mental health needs.

JBHC (Juvenile Behavioral Health Court)

  • Merced County Juvenile Behavioral Health Court is a court-supervised program for minors diagnosed primarily with an Axis I mental health illness and who are wards of the Juvenile Delinquency Court.
  • Goal of the program is to provide the resources, tools and care to keep youth in school, out of trouble, and in their home.

FEP (First Episode Psychosis)

This program targets individuals 15-25 years of age that are experiencing their first psychotic episode and provides intense case management, and clinical services including medication support. The hope is to help promptly and support individuals and families to prevent further mental health crisis by building and assist in building rapport and engagement to further support level of independence.

CUBE (Community United by Empowerment) - TAY Wellness and Outpatient Center

  • Fostering independence and self-sufficiency.
  • A welcoming, fun, safe space and place for youth
  • Mental Health Services
  • Open Monday's and Tuesday's 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM and Wednesday's - Friday's 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Contact the CUBE at (209) 381-6800.