Mental Health Program

Guiding Light Home for Boys, Inc. Mental Health Program is a county contracted, outpatient therapeutic program proving treatment services to the youth placed in our residential facilities. We have a deep understanding that youth and their families/significant support network can face significant emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Exposure to trauma, abandonment, abuse, neglect, violence, environmental stressors, limited access to services/resources and co-occurring substance issues can
impact youth in significant ways and contribute to severe impairments in their daily functioning, contributing to difficulty forming and maintain supportive relationships, maintaining a stable living environment, and the ability to complete simple tasks and responsibility. It also impacts judgment and decision making, not allowing youth to develop their strengths and live meaningful lives.

Guiding Light seeks to assist to improve and, when possible, eliminate barriers to overcoming the impairments the youth are experiencing. We provide an array of mental/behavioral health services using the Core Practice Model to provide a well-rounded, collaborative approach to treatment. Mental Health and Residential staff work closely together to develop individualized case plans for each youth in order to meet them where they are at and provide a team based approach to services. We strive to provide a therapeutic environment to foster engagement and support of the youth. We also ensure to include (as allowed) any significant support person in the youth’s life including family, mentors, social workers, probation officers, attorneys, CASA workers, school staff, other providers and community organizations in the treatment and planning process. Our objective is to establish a supportive network that will continue on with the youth even after they have completed and left our program.

Guiding Light’s Mental Health Program provides services that include:

  • Assessment
  • Plan Development
  • Therapy (Individual, Group and Family)
  • Rehabilitative Skill Building
  • Collateral Services
  • Intensive Care Coordination
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Intensive Home Based Services
  • Target Case Management
  • After Care/ Bridging Services (post placement)

While we do not directly provide the following additional services, we ensure linkage to the following
community-based programs if needed:

  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Support Services
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS)
  • WrapAround Services
  • Intensive Day Treatment/Day Rehabilitation Services