Children's System of Care

BHRS provides Specialty Mental Health Services for children and youth through our outpatient programs by providing recovery services which include, comprehensive assessment, individual therapy, rehabilitation services, linkage and brokerage services, family therapy when appropriate, group therapy and group rehabilitation, crisis intervention, urgent services, and medication support.  Services strive to facilitate and assist with the individual’s recovery, symptom reduction and symptom management, in order to improve their functioning and afford the opportunity to lead a full and productive life.


For information about the CSOC programs, call Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) at (209) 381-6800 or toll free at 1-888-334-0163.

ACT Team

The Assessment in Crisis and Triage Team offers crisis intervention, de-escalation, assessment, triage, referral/linkage, and crisis follow-up for youth ages 5-25. Services are delivered Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

First Episode Psychosis Program

Provides early intervention services to youth experiencing their first psychotic break.

Pathways to Well-Being (PTWB) Program

Provides services to youth involved in Child Welfare Services.

Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit (Y-CSU)

The Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is the first 24-hour facility in Merced County serving children and youth ages 5 to 17. The facility has four beds to provide voluntary short-term treatment for up to 24 hours. Clients are provided with services to safely transition back into the community or a higher level of care. The facility's purpose is to stabilize children and adolescents and prevent the need for hospitalization—reducing the burden on local and neighboring hospitals.