When you’re in the middle of a crisis, you don’t always have time to look up information online. You just want to get the help you need, fast. That’s why we’ve compiled these resources for you.
How do you know when a child needs help? With children there are many signs to look for. The key is to learn and be aware of those signs. This way appropriate action can be taken.
Ask for the intake coordinator. They will take the referral information and set the child up for an assessment with an appropriate clinician, generally within 2 to 3 weeks. Hope Horizon Mental Health will triage high-risk cases. We have office sites in Tulare, and Lindsay serving South Tulare County. For specialized Sexual Abuse Treatment, we provide services in these sites as well as Dinuba, Visalia, Exeter, Woodlake, and Porterville.
Generally, children involved in the Child Welfare System are referred by the assigned social worker. If you would like to make a referral as a foster or kinship caregiver, first notify the appropriate social worker. Children in foster care need specific paperwork generated and received by Hope Horizon before being set up for an appointment. Have as much information available to the intake coordinator, for example, date of birth and social security number. Also, as a foster care or family care provider, the child will benefit from your active participation in the treatment process. Often you will need to be in sessions to provide valuable information, build skills for the child, and encourage family healing.
Additionally, if a referring CWS worker understands the child will benefit from sessions involving the birth parents (in cases where reunification or other contacts will occur), please have the information ready on contacting these parents to facilitate their participation in the assessment and treatment process.
Children involved in the Juvenile Justice System also may or may not be able to receive services at Hope Horizon Mental Health. While we may get referrals for children who are “court ordered” to participate in treatment at this agency, they will still need to meet the criteria set forth by our Health and Human Services Agency, Managed Care Division, in order to be seen for ongoing services.