Launch of new mental health program for children in Oakland County – The Oakland Press

The Oakland Community Health Network is launching a new program to address children’s mental health needs and to offer families an alternative to hospital emergency room visits when they have a child in crisis.

The Youth & Family Care Connection is located at the Resource and Crisis Center, Building 34E on the Oakland County Government Campus at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac.

Children under the age of 17 can receive services for up to 72 hours at the eight-bed facility.

“We are very excited to introduce the Youth & Family Care Connection to the residents of Oakland County,” said Dana Lasenby, Executive Director and CEO of OCHN.

“The goal is to improve the coordination of care with OCHN’s network providers and hospital partners, reduce longer stays in emergency departments during a mental health crisis, and most importantly, connect families to critical care that improves outcomes for children in need.”

OCHN has contracted with New Oakland Family Centers to manage and operate the YFCC.

“It is our great privilege to continue our collaboration with OCHN on this important new expansion of juvenile mental health care in Oakland County,” said Kevin Sendi, President and CEO of New Oakland. “OCHN leadership is taking bold and progressive steps to meet the urgent and growing need for effective, compassionate care for youth in crisis in our communities.”

Services include psychiatric evaluations, medication reviews, nursing, and individual and group therapy.

Benefits are available to Oakland County youth and families who are uninsured, underinsured, or privately insured.

OCHN last year received a two-year, $5 million grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand child crisis services at the Resource and Crisis Center.

Part of the building has been renovated to accommodate the YFCC and to accommodate the special needs of children.

The YFCC is not a substitute for the physical health care that a hospital would provide. Families experiencing a physical health crisis should call 911 or seek help at a hospital or emergency center. The YFCC is also not a substitute for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.

OCHN was hired by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to lead a provider service network serving approximately 23,000 Oakland County residents at more than 300 service locations throughout the county.

New Oakland serves more than 35,000 mental health and substance abuse people annually.

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