Mental Health

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Target Population

Homeless mothers, children, and families within the supportive housing program and women with extensive backgrounds of homelessness, poverty, and trauma suffering from co-occurring disorders. All of the women are referred for treatment by their case managers, child protection workers, or adult probation and are diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. Children are referred through case managers, Kids Connection and classroom teachers. Children are all struggling with emotional and behavioral disorders.


Perspectives provides women, children, and families with individual, group, and family psychotherapy. In addition to a wide range of treatment approaches, staff expertise includes trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children, 0-3 infant/toddler mental health, play therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

2018 Program Objectives

  • 25 children participating in Kids Connection and/or living in Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program will receive mental health services during 2018.

  • 80% of parents will report increased knowledge of their child’s mental health diagnosis.

  • 80% of children receiving mental health services will self-report increased self-esteem.

2017 Program Statistics

  • Total children served: 23

  • Hours of clinical service sessions provided to children: 259

Associated Activities:

  • Early Intervention: Children’s mental health therapist is able to immediately see children who are referred because of issues with social adjustment disorders and/or PTSD.

  • Assessments/Treatment Plans: Children referred for services will receive mental health assessments as well as treatment plans.

  • One-to-One Counseling: Children’s mental health therapist meets with children to provide one-to-one therapy, advocacy, and referrals as needed.

  • Family Therapy: When deemed helpful our children’s therapist will work with both child and parent in an effort to ensure the child’s mental health needs are met, providing both help and education for the child’s parent.