Local Resource for Youth in Crisis
United Parents: Parent mentors, local support groups and referrals, respite and parenting workshops - Call (805) 384-1555 or click here
Interface Children & Family Services: Call (805) 485-6114 or click here
Aspiranet: For families at risk of out-of-home placement; foster care and adoption services - Call (805) 289-0120 or click here
Kids & Families Together: For children and their families, including kinship and foster caregivers - Call (805) 643-1446 or click here
City Impact: Counseling services and early intervention and prevention programs. Call (805) 983-3636 or click here
Casa Pacifica: Services include residential for children and non-public special education and therapeutic preschool - Call (805) 445-7800 or click here
Helping your child succeed at school: Ventura County SELPA - Call (805) 437-1560 or click here
For assessment and referral: Call the VCBH STAR Team at (866) 998-2243.
There is a program in Ventura County to help identify and get help for psychosis early. If you or someone you care about shows possible signs of psychosis (and is between 16-25 years old), call (805) 642-7033 or click VIPS for more information. The VIPS program is offered by Ventura County Behavioral Health in partnership with Telecare Corporation.
Kids and teens having mental health emergencies in Ventura County have a resource: the Crisis Stabilization Unit. Previously, youth in crisis ages 6-17 might otherwise have been immediately admitted to psychiatric hospitals. Now, the Crisis Stabilization Unit provides the opportunity for intensive assessment and stabilization, which is often all that is needed before returning to the community.
While at the Crisis Stabilization Unit, a comprehensive stabilization team that includes psychiatrists, registered nurses and mental health crisis counselors provide risk assessment, therapeutic activities and aftercare planning with youth and caregivers. Within 24 hours, they will either return home or transfer to a psychiatric hospital if further care is needed.