Mental Health Services

McKinley's Mental Health Program includes rehabilitative and psychological services such as individual, group, case consultation, collateral services, crisis intervention, medication support and management services, psychological assessment and targeted case management. All clients meet the criteria for medical necessity as established in the Short Doyle Act administered by Medi-Cal Services under the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Clients of McKinley Children's Center Residential Program, Canyon View Non-Public School, McKinley Foster Family Services as well as children in the community are eligible for services after qualification. Assessment and coordinated care plans are completed by a competent Mental Health Professional.


What We Offer

  • Outpatient Services: Individual, group and family therapy that are intended to provide a reduction of presenting problems and symptoms, and an improvement or maintenance in functioning consistent with the goals of learning, development, independent living, symptom reduction, and enhanced self-sufficiency.

  • Evidenced Based Practices: Mental Health Services provided by MCC are focused on outcomes, which measures the effectiveness of the mental health services provided.

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy: An evidence based treatment model that help children and adolescents overcome trauma related issues by incorporating trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral techniques.

  • Managing and Adapting Practices: The MAP system is designed to coordinate and supplement the use of evidence-based programs for children’s mental health. The system is not a single treatment program. Rather, it involves several decision and practice support tools to assist in the selection, review, adaptation, or construction of promising treatments to match particular child characteristics based on the latest scientific findings.

  • Seeking Safety: An evidenced based treatment model that addresses trauma, posttraumatic stress and substance abuse.

  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services: A short-term intensive program that provides one-to-one support for children/youth who demonstrate maladaptive behaviors that are not responding to other mental health services alone. The goal of TBS is to replace maladaptive behaviors, with behaviors that are more functional.

  • Psychiatric Consultations: Psychiatric consults are available to review presenting problems, current medications, psychiatric history, and or behaviors. Psychiatrist will make recommendations as appropriate.

  • Psychological Testing: Referral based testing, used to clarify symptomology, rule out diagnosis, and to help delineate emotional from learning disabilities.

  • Medication Support: Includes an evaluation for the need of medication to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness, and provision of medication education, which includes discussing risks, benefits, and alternatives with the client or significant support persons.

  • After School Programs: Provides mental health services in a group setting to address maladaptive behaviors, and increase a higher level of functioning in school, home, and in the community. Services are provided 2 hours a day, five days a week, depending on need at time of assessment.