mental health services

Integrating positive mental health into the standard

of care for all victims of violence.

The staff of the Violence Intervention Program know that after a child has experienced trauma, often the internal emotional wounds can take years to heal, long after the external bruises have disappeared.

That is why, since 2001, the VIP Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (VIP CMHC) has made mental health assessments and services a key component in our care for victims of abuse.

Using evidence-based practices, our mental health clinicians are trained to provide a variety of therapies designed to meet the unique needs of our clients.

Traditional & Group Therapy
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We know that after a child has experienced trauma, the internal emotional wounds often can take years to heal, long after the external bruises have disappeared. Left unaddressed, these emotional wounds have long-term negative consequences, resulting in depression, aggression, emotional detachment, or them repeating learned abusive behavior. The earlier we can address emotional trauma, the greater likelihood that we can ensure a child’s long-term success and break the cycle of abuse. That is why, since 2001, the VIP Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (VIP CMHC) has made mental health assessments and services a key component in our model of care, and is the only child abuse Hub in Los Angeles County to offer full mental health services to our victims and their families.

Just like every child learns differently we understand that while some children might respond best to individualized therapies, others respond better in group sessions with other kids and/or their caregivers. Using a wide array of evidence-based practices, our mental health clinicians are expertly trained to provide and tailor appropriate therapies designed to meet the unique needs and strengths of each child and their family. For those children who are unable to come to VIP for medical reasons or transportation issues, we offer home-based therapy where a child may feel more comfortable. Ensuring adequate mental health services for every child in distress has allowed our clinical staff to succeed in the most critical of cases.

VIP remains the only site to automatically provide a mental health assessment to each child that comes through our doors.

Birth To Five Services
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Our clinicians know that the earlier we can strengthen a family, the better an outcome we can see. Often, mothers who have an unplanned pregnancy too young or who have been exposed to violence and abuse, have difficulty connecting with their baby. This emotional detachment, if unchecked, can result in neglect or the child being at risk for abuse themselves.

Our goal is to strengthen the bond between parent and child.

That is why VIP has developed an innovative Birth to Five program for our clients and their caregivers. The goal in Birth to Five is not merely the short term immediate changes in behavior, but rather the long term patterns that will positively affect the family throughout a child’s upbringing; often times resulting in the caregiver identifying their own symptoms of trauma, anxiety and/or depression.

“At VIP, we understand that the path to recovery requires a holistic and collaborative approach between VIP and the families we serve.”

Dr. Maribel Mejia, Clinical Director

School-Based Program
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For many of our families, getting to VIP for weekly appointments can create a challenge due to limited transportation options or work commitments. For other children, visiting VIP can be too stressful and disruptive, especially for a child that has suffered extreme trauma. For this reason, VIP has a vibrant and growing school-based therapy program, delivering services right where children often need it the most; at their school. Through strengthening relationships with administrators and providing a much needed layer of support, our clinicians are utilizing area schools to be better aware of positive mental health and serve as a stronger support structure for their students.

VIP’s School-Based Partners

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Elementary Schools
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Middle Schools
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High Schools

FASD Family Support Services
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We support our children by empowering their caregivers.

To compliment the screening and diagnosis at our FASD clinic, VIP offers family support services to work with both the client and the caregiver in developing coping skills and strategies to manage FASD within the child.

VIP offers two unique and proven therapies for helping children and their caregivers deal with the unique issues of FASD and trying to build a healthy, stable life:

A six-week parenting class that educates caregivers on the link between brain dysfunction and the development and behavioral problems seen in their children with FASD.

FMF is a one-on-one intensive program developed specifically for caregivers of children with FASD. FMF clinicians work individually with a caregiver providing them with parent support and education, training in specialized parenting techniques, and assisting caregivers develop confidence in dealing with their child’s behaviors.

Each and every day, at VIP we ask the questions,

“WHAT DO YOU NEED” and “HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?”

Case Management
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At VIP, we understand that the path to recovery requires a holistic and collaborative approach between VIP and the families we serve. In addition to traditional mental health, we have supportive case management services available to children and their caregivers.

Each and every day, at VIP we ask the questions,  “What do you need?” and “How can we help you?” The answers we get back usually involve needs that lie outside of the realm of traditional care, such as emergency housing, food assistance, orthodontia, or tutoring, but are just as crucial for a child or family to heal and thrive. 

Our case managers help children and their caregivers access resources available to them. They advocate for the needs of the child and help caretakers prioritize their time and the use of their resources in the best interests of the family.