Child, Adolescent & Family Support Services

Acute Care Services
can be reached 24/7
603-434-1577 Option 1

Comprehensive and specialized clinical services and mental health care

CLM provides our region’s most comprehensive and specialized clinical services and mental health care for children and their families. Our specialists work with children experiencing serious emotional difficulties such as depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, autism, disruptive behaviors, substance use disorders, and trauma associated with emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Emotional health impacts each area of a child’s life including family, school and social relationships. CLM encourages a wraparound approach that, whenever possible and necessary, pulls together other community resources to address the interconnected areas of a child’s life. CLM is committed to a community-based approach that provides many services to children in their home, at school or in other community settings.

Healthy emotional well-being is essential to children and important to their family, social and academic success. Our specialists are skilled and experienced at working with children as early as pre-school age through adolescence and their families. Therapy services include:

Individual – Our initial goal of therapy starts with building trust with each child and teen so that we can communicate in a safe setting and form a healing partnership. Through this partnership, we create a relationship where it is acceptable to listen, share, challenge emotions and experience difficult emotions and to attempt new, healthier ways of living.

Family – Families function best when there are appropriate hierarchies and boundaries. When difficulties arise between family members, family therapy can be effective in re-establishing roles, boundaries and healthy communication. Family therapy offers each family member a place to work together and gain understanding of each person’s role in the family and improve communication.

Group – Group therapy offers individuals a safe and comfortable place where they explore problems and emotional issues, gain insight into their own thoughts and behavior, and gain understanding of behaviors and offer suggestions and support to others. In addition, individuals who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that are a basic part of the group therapy experience

Family therapy services

To ensure we provide comprehensive care, CLM completes a full assessment of the needs of your child and family and helps you in identifying where we can support you best. Once those needs are reviewed and discussed, your case manager will develop a thoughtful plan to provide care and support to address those needs, advocate wherever needed, and link and coordinate resources in areas which may include your child’s school support team, community supports, housing, legal services, or your child’s medical care provider. Your case manager will help you apply for health insurance to cover the cost of physical and mental health care, as well as other benefits that may help your child and family work towards accomplishing your goals. We will follow along with you in your journey every step of the way.

Community Support Services are face-to-face clinical interventions provided in the individual’s home or community. These services are designed to enhance resiliency, recovery, and integration in the community. There are four distinct Functional Support Services (FSS): Crisis Support Services, Family Support Services, Medication Support Services, and Therapeutic Behavioral Supports.

The goal of FSS is to assist clients and their family members navigate through the complexities around mental illness. We set goals with the client towards regaining control over their lives and achieving their personal goals. FSS provides education and skill development in areas including acute crisis management, maintaining a medication treatment regimen, family support and education, individualized resiliency training, and pursuit of employment and educational goals.

CLM offers a caring team of medical specialists in psychopharmacology (specific medication for behavioral health).  Our team utilizes a biological model of prescribing appropriate psychiatric medications when indicated and will adjust as needed to help reduce symptoms, increase comfort or heighten the effectiveness of the comprehensive counseling services at CLM.

Our Medication Services are provided by Board Certified Psychiatrists, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and Nurses under the supervision of our Medical Director.

CLM understands that all medical issues require comprehensive treatments that may include biological, psychological and sociological interventions.  Our team of medication providers work in partnership with the rest of your treatment team to ensure coordination of care. Psychiatric services include psychiatric evaluation, consultation with your CLM clinician and treatment team to ensure comprehensive and well-coordinated care, and ongoing management whenever possible with your primary care provider to ensure integration between your mental health and medical care.

Medication management services

Evidence-based Practices (EBP) are models of treatment or best practices proven effective at treating mental illness and improving clinical outcomes. Our children’s specialists are trained in numerous EBP models including:

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma –Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is designed to help 3- to 18-year-olds and their parents overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events such as child sexual or physical abuse. TF-CBT aims to treat serious emotional problems such as post-traumatic stress, fear, anxiety, and depression by teaching children and parents new skills to process thoughts and feelings resulting from traumatic events.

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is therapy for young children from birth through age 5 and their parents/caregivers. CPP supports family strengths and relationships, help families heal and grow after stressful or traumatic experiences, respects family and cultural values.  CPP is done in three stages including getting to know the family, addressing the families’ needs and wrapping up and planning for the future.

CPP may help when children have been through scary or painful events such as loss of a loved person, separation, serious medical procedures, abuse, or violence at home or in the community; children show difficult behaviors; children have a change in placement or caregivers; family members have physical or mental health difficulties; caregivers would like help with parenting and improving parent-child relationships.

Helping the Non-Compliant Child (HNC)

HNC is a training program that teaches parents to change maladaptive patterns of interaction with their children. The program is designed for parents of children ages 3 to 8 who have noncompliance or other conduct problems, but it also has been used with other high-risk populations of children and parents. A major goal of the program is to break the coercive cycle by establishing a positive, mutually reinforcing relationship between parent and child. The program consists of a series of parenting skills designed to help the parent break out of the coercive cycle of interaction with the child by increasing positive attention for appropriate child behavior, ignoring minor inappropriate behaviors, providing clear instructions to the child, and providing appropriate consequences for compliance (positive attention) and noncompliance (time out).

Intensive Family Support/Assertive Community Treatment (IFS/ACT)

ACT provides intense treatment to children and families with the most complex behavioral health challenges whose needs have not been sufficiently met by traditional mental health services. This wraparound team approach includes a psychiatrist, community-based therapists and community-based case manager.  CLM has incorporated the FAST Forward program within our ACT program by using the wraparound process to coordinate care.

MATCH (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children)

MATCH is a scientifically proven counseling program for children, teenagers, and families. Unlike most specific counseling programs, which focus on a single problem (e.g., anxiety only), MATCH is designed for multiple problems related to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and disruptive conduct, including the conduct problems associated with ADHD. The MATCH program can give parents and their child a specific set of scientifically proven tools to help manage these problems that come up at home, at school, or with friends. Therapists who use MATCH have specialized strategies to customize each treatment to the family. MATCH is accompanied by the Treatment Response Assessment for Children (TRAC), a user-friendly, web-based program that tracks how kids and families are responding to counseling on a weekly basis. TRAC allows the therapist to continually adjust and refine the counseling program in real time, in response to the progress of the family.

RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment Natural Supports Education and Work)

RENEW uses a person-centered approach to engage transition age youth (ages 16 and older) with mental illness to help them plan for their future and provides supports to help them work towards achieving career and life goals. RENEW offers a structured transition planning model that supports each youth to design and pursue a strengths-based plan for their transition from school to adult life.

CLM provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment for substance use disorders. Services start with a thorough interview, evaluating issues related to substance use/misuse and then recommendations for treatment are developed. Services are available to address issues related to substance use/misuse through individual or group counseling to develop coping skills and strategies and a relapse prevention plan in order to work towards, and maintain, sobriety. Court ordered evaluations are also provided for individuals who are involved with the legal system and required to receive a thorough evaluation of substance use issues by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

The Seven Challenges Program (for ages 12 – 25 years)

The Seven Challenges is a comprehensive counseling program for youth and young adults that incorporates work on alcohol and other drug problems. It is designed to motivate youth and young adults to evaluate their lives, consider changes they may wish to make, and then success in implementing the desired changes. It supports them in taking power over their own lives.

First Episode Psychosis

Clinical staff in our Child and Adolescent program have completed specialized training to identify and address First Episode Psychosis (FEP). FEP refers to the first time someone experiences psychotic symptoms or an episode and typically occurs in adolescents and young adults ages 15-25. An individual experiencing a first episode may not understand what is happening. The symptoms can be highly disturbing and unfamiliar, leaving the person confused and distressed. Early intervention is important as a delay in treatment or left untreated the greater the disruption to the person’s family, friends, studies, work and life. Download HOPE Brochure.

The Wellness Works program supports youth ages 13 and older and their families with learning the importance of wellness and applying skills to nurture a healthy mind and body. Our Wellness Coach helps to foster the minds of our youth through physical activities, balanced eating, connecting with positive influences and increasing energy naturally to reach personal wellness goals.

Youth fitness and wellness education

The Young Adult program supports and guides youth ages 18-24 through the formative years of their lives in search of personal success. The program assists struggling youth become successful by supporting and teaching values and skills necessary to function independently and achieve their personal goals. The goal of the program is to support and guide high risk youth in making a seamless transition into adulthood. Due to symptoms and behaviors that hinder their success, the Young Adult program will create an individualized plan that is tailored to meet each youth’s needs, interests and goals.

Ready to make an appointment?

We’re here to help. Please call (603) 434-1577, option 2 between 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. weekdays to reach our Access to Care department. You’ll speak with one of our friendly Access to Care Specialists who will gather information to determine how to best address your concerns.

Please call our main office to schedule appointments.

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