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Children & Adolescent Services

Children and Adolescents Outpatient Services is committed to serve children and adolescents with severe emotional, mental and/or behavioral problems and to prevent the development of serious mental illness. We are located in different parts of the community to provide better access to services. Services are provided to children and adolescents with a mental health disorder who as a result of their mental health disorder their lives are impaired or are at risk of being impaired at home, school or the community. Outpatient services are provided by highly qualified psychiatrist, clinicians and mental health rehabilitation technicians:

Intake Assessment

The first appointment is with a qualified clinician who conducts a comprehensive assessment to identify your individual needs, strengths, treatment history as well as your developmental, vocational, and social history.

Medication Support Services

This service is provided by a psychiatrist who assesses, prescribes, administers, and monitors medication effectiveness. Nursing staff also evaluates your health by collecting medical history and they monitoring your progress.


Therapy is provided individually or in a group setting by qualified clinicians with the focus to assist individuals in resolving problem areas. Some of the therapy models focus on dealing with depression, anxiety, anger and socialization problems, adjustment, and symptoms related to traumatic experiences.

Rehabilitative Services

This service assists you and your family in the development of skills to improve or maintain your functioning related to learning, independent living and enhanced self-sufficiency.

Targeted Case Management

Services that provide assistance to access needed medical, educational, social, prevocational, vocational, rehabilitative, or other community services.

Crisis Intervention

An emergency response service for a condition which requires immediate intervention.

Inpatient Services

This service includes assessment of individual immediate needs and referral to contracted inpatient psychiatric services.

Specialized Outpatient Services

The following are specialized services for eligible children and youth in need of supportive services to remain at home or to maintain their current level placement:

  1. Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS): An intensive, short term, one-to-one service for children, youth and young adults who have serious emotional problems and are experiencing a stressful transition or life crisis. TBS is intended to supplement other specialty mental health services by addressing the target behavior(s) or symptom(s) that are jeopardizing the child, youth or young adult’s current living situation or planned transition to a lower level of placement.
  2. Intensive Care Coordination (ICC): A service that ensures services are accessed, coordinated, and delivered in a strength-based, individualized, family/youth-driven manner.
  3. Intensive Home-Based Services (IHBS): Individualized, strength-based interventions designed to assist the child or youth develop the skills necessary for successful functioning and to provide the family with the ability to help the youth to successfully function in the home and community.

Children and Adolescent Outpatient Clinics

These clinics provide a wide array of services at numerous locations throughout the Imperial County.

Vista Sands Socialization Programs

313 Waterman Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-7350

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Programs

313 Waterman Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-7350

Children and Adolescents Outpatient Clinics

Brawley Outpatient Clinic

195 S. 9th Street

Brawley, CA 92227

(442) 265-5080

Calexico Outpatient Clinic

101 Hacienda Drive, Suite C

Calexico, CA 92231

(442) 265-6450

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El Centro Outpatient Clinics

120 N. 8th Street

El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-1670

651 Wake Avenue

El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-7400

Winterhaven Outpatient Clinic/San Pasqual Family Resource Center

676 Baseline Road

Winterhaven, CA 92283

(442) 265-7291

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Vista Sands Socialization Programs

Vista Sands Children’s Socialization Program is a collaborative program between ICBHS and Imperial County School Districts. The program is designed to assist children whose capacity to function at home, school, and the community has been impaired by emotional and behavioral problems. Children participate daily in highly structured activities that focus on skill acquisition such as social skills, problem solving, self-esteem enhancement, self-management, self-control, as well as educational development. Admission is open to qualifying children throughout the Imperial County who are between the ages of 7 to 12.

Brawley Vista Sands – Oakley Elementary

1401 B Street

Brawley, CA 92227

(442) 265-7245

Calexico Vista Sands – Kennedy Gardens

2300 Rockwood Avenue

Calexico, CA 92231

(442) 265-7240

El Centro Vista Sands – De Anza Elementary

1530 Waterman Avenue

El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-7235

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Programs

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) – Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychotherapeutic intervention that is being provided as part of the Imperial County Prevention and Early Intervention Plan. TF-CBT is an evidence-based therapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events such as child sexual or physical abuse; loss of a loved one; domestic school, or community violence; exposure to disasters, terrorist attacks, or war trauma. This intervention targets symptoms of post-traumatic street disorder (PTSD), which often co-occurs with depression and other behavioral problems. It also addresses issues commonly experienced by traumatized children, such as poor self-esteem, difficulty trusting others, mood instability, and self-injurious behavior, including substance use. Through TF-CBT children and parents learn new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related traumatic life events; and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills, and family communication.

Innovation – First Step to Success (FSS)

Kindergarten school-aged children are provided with First Step to Success (FSS) interventions as an approach to identify and provide early intervention services to children at risk of developing behavioral problems.

First Step to Success program is an evidence-based early intervention program that provides positive reinforcement interventions to the child at school and at home. The Primary focus is to improve the child’s social adjustment and academic performance by enlisting the three most important relationships in a child’s life: family, teachers, and peers.

313 Waterman Avenue

El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-7350

Presumptive Transfer

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Presumptive Transfer is the prompt transfer of the responsibility for providing and paying for specialty mental health services (SMHS) for children and youth in foster care who are placed outside of the county in which they came into care.


Every child , youth, and non-minor dependent in foster care has a Child and Family Team (CFT) that is invested in the child or youth and family’s success. Decisions about placement, case and treatment plans, and presumptive transfer of mental health services are discussed with members of the CFT. The CFT collectively develops a plan and makes decisions that meet the individual strengths and needs of the child and youth.


The goal of presumptive transfer is to provide children and youth in foster care with timely access to SMHS, consistent with their individual strengths and needs.

Please contact the following Access Unit staff for Presumptive Transfer related matters:

Anais Lopez, Program Supervisor I

Phone: (442) 265-1597

Fax: (442) 265-1703