Children & Youth Division

At Community Solutions, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We provide a variety of support programs for children, youth, and young adults who are struggling with mental health issues, experiencing behavioral challenges, involved with the juvenile justice system, part of the foster care system, or are in need of crisis intervention services and support.

For more information on programs, visit the links below.

Child & Youth Behavioral Health Internship Opportunities

  • FSP/IFSP-Child & Youth Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our FSP/IFSP Child & Youth program serves children and youth ages 6-15 with Serious Emotional Disorders (SED) who are at risk of hospitalization, have had multiple episodes with Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS), have frequent and extended hospitalizations, and who may be involved in foster care or the juvenile justice system. 

    • Services Provided Include:

      Individual, Group, and Family Counseling, Case Management, Medication Support Services, Child Family Team Meeting (CFTM), Crisis Intervention & After-Hours Crisis Line, Referral & Linkage to Additional Services & Resources. 

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Depression, Anxiety, and Attachment Disorders.

    • Common Challenges:

      DFCS-involved Clients, Justice-involved Clients, and Foster Youth.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Care Coordination, Connection to Resources, Individual and Group Therapy.

    • Fees:

      Medi-Cal insurance is required to participate, but there is some funding available to support undocumented clients. 

    • Referrals:

      Referrals are accepted from the Santa Clara County Probation Department, local schools, Social Services (SSA), other service providers, the community, and Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services

    • Clinical Program Manager:

      Melanie Davis, LCSW, melanie.davis@communitysolutions.org  

  • FSP/IFSP-TAY Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our FSP/IFSP-Transitional Age Youth program serves youth ages 16-25, with Serious Emotional Disorders (SED), who are at risk of hospitalization, have had multiple episodes with Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS), experience frequent and extended hospitalizations, may have substance use issues, and those who are involved in the foster care or juvenile justice systems. 

      Clients see their case manager and therapist weekly, with an average length of stay of 18 months to 2 years. It is common to have clients disengage or go AWOL, but the team actively works to engage and provide incentive for treatment. Treatment teams are composed of interagency providers and the client’s natural resources, working collaboratively to provide care. Lockout funding allows care to continue regardless of the client’s hospitalization or incarceration. 

    • Services Provided Include:

      Individual, Family, and Group Counseling, Medication Support Services, Case Management, Child Family Team Meetings (CFTM), Crisis Intervention & After-Hours Crisis Line, Housing Support, Outreach, Referral & Linkage to Additional Resources & Services. 

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma.

      Secondary Diagnoses: Substance Use Disorders.

    • Common Challenges:

      Justice-involved Clients, Foster Youth, Individuals in Housing Programs, Hospitalized Clients, Probation Clients, and DFCS-involved Clients.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Manage a Caseload of ~6 Clients, Care Coordination, Connection to Resources, Transporting Clients (when possible), Documentation, and Individual Therapy. 

    • Fees:

      Medi-Cal insurance is required to participate, but there is some funding available to support undocumented clients. 

    • Referrals:

      Referrals are accepted through substance use programs and SCC Behavioral Health Services. 

    • Clinical Program Manager:

       Rebecca Marquez, LMFT, rebecca.marquez@communitysolutions.org

  • FIRST 5 Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our FIRST 5 program serves children ages 0-5.8, and their parents/caretakers, that are living with developmental and/or mental health symptoms that affect their social and emotional well-being. This program takes a team-based approach, collaborating with the child’s family, school, and other providers to administer services. 

      Clients are seen on average once a week, or every other week based on the parent/caregiver’s availability – flexibility is necessary. Services are provided in all environments – whether it be our office, their home, school, etc. The average length of stay is 8 months for clients receiving therapy, and 6 months for those receiving home visitation services.  

    • Services Provided Include:

      Therapy, Home Visitation, Case Management, Outreach, Individual, Group, and Family Counseling, Medication Support Services, Crisis Intervention, Referral/Linkage to Additional Services, Parenting Classes, Advocacy, and Community Outreach. 

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Adjustment Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

      Secondary Diagnoses: Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Case Management: connection to resources, meetings with family, school, and other providers; Therapy: complete mental health assessments (5 tools used), AFI, determine treatment plan/problem list, as well as provide individual and family therapy.

    • Fees:

      Medi-Cal insurance is required to participate.

    • Referrals:

      Referrals are made by parent request, based on the recommendation of the child’s social worker, teacher, doctor, or other professional, and through SCC Behavioral Health Services. 

    • Clinical Program Manager:

      Maria Medel-Vazquez, LMFT, maria.medel@communitysolutions.org

  • IBHS Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our Integrated Behavioral Health Services program serves clients ages 6-21 years old, who either have a history of substance use, or have been directly impacted by substance use disorders. Primary diagnoses are mental health, however many have a second diagnosis related to substance use. This program takes a strength-based, wholistic approach collaborating with professionals and the client’s natural resources to provide services. Ideal interns have a background working with juvenile/incarcerated populations, are willing to learn, take initiative and collaborate with others. 

      Clients are seen once a week, with an average length of stay of 9 months. This team performs a lot of care coordination, connecting with client’s parole officers and other agencies to provide care. 

    • Services Provided Include:

      Individual, Group, and Family Counseling, Case Management, Medication Support Services, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Crisis Intervention & After-Hours Crisis Line, Referral & Linkage to Additional Resources.

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, History of Neglect, MDD, Substance Use Disorders.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Care Coordination, Connection to Resources, Individual, Group, and Family Therapy. 

    • Fees:

      MediCal insurance is required to participate in this program.

    • Referrals:

      Referrals are accepted from SCC Behavioral Health Services, and internally through Community Solutions.

    • Clinical Program Manager:

  • F&C Continuum Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our F&C Outpatient Continuum program serves clients ages 5.9-20.9. This program serves medium-low risk clients, as well as higher risk individuals that require more intensive care. 

      Clients are seen based on their needs and time spent with each ranges, with an average length of stay of 12-16 month. This program is community-based, seeing clients in their home, at school, in the community, etc. 

    • Services Provided Include:

      Case Management, Individual, Family, and Group Counseling, Therapy, Medication Support Services, Crisis Intervention & After-Hours Crisis Line, Referral & Linkage to Additional Services & Resources.

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish, Vietnamese (occasionally).

    • Common Diagnoses:

      PTSD, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Care Coordination, Connection to Resources, Individual and Group Therapy. 

    • Fees:

      MediCal insurance is required to participate in this program.

    • Referrals:

      Self-referrals are accepted, as well as referrals from schools, other providers, Social Services, local police departments, SCC Probation Department, SCC Behavioral Health Center, and from the community. 

    • Clinical Program Manager:

  • School-Linked Services Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our School Linked Services program serves children ages K-12 and families enrolled at participating MHUSD and GUSD schools, who are at risk of experiencing mental health or behavioral challenges.  

      Clients are seen once a week, with an average length of stay of 8 months. However, following the pandemic we have seen a rise in the need for services in our schools, which has increased the frequency of care and the length of stay. The team works to respond to the schools’ needs as they arise, whether that be crisis response, support services, or facilitating activities for the students and families. 

    • Services Provided Include:

      Individual, Group, and Family Counseling, Case Management, Care Coordination, Behavioral Support, Medication Support Services, Crisis Intervention & After-Hours Crisis Line, Parenting Classes, Referral & Linkage to Additional Services & Resources. 

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Bachelor’s level interns often assist with groups, individual skill building, and outreach at schools. Therapist interns provide mental health assessment, treatment planning and individual therapy. 

    • Fees:

      There are no fees or insurance required to participate in the program.

    • Referrals:

      Self-referrals are accepted, as well as recommendations from school personnel or other service providers.

    • Clinical Program Manager:

      Marianne Marafino, LCSW, marriane.marafino@communitysolutions.org

  • SCC-PEI Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our Santa Clara County Prevention and Early Intervention program serves youth ages K-5th and families in participating MHUSD & GUSD schools who are at risk of experiencing mental health or behavioral challenges. This program is extremely hands-on and team-based, with staff working directly in the schools, engaging with students, families, and school personnel to provide services. Staff become immersed in the school culture, attending back to school nights, open houses, and other important events.  

      Clients generally require a lower level of care and are seen once a week, with an average length of stay of 120 days. However, following the pandemic we have seen a rise in the need for services in our schools, which has increased the frequency of care and the length of stay. The team works to respond to the schools’ needs as they arise, whether that be crisis response, support services, or facilitating activities for the students and families. 

    • Services Provided Include:

      Individual, Group, and Family Counseling, Case Management, Care Coordination, Behavioral Support, Crisis Intervention & After-Hours Crisis Line, 1:1 Family Services, Parenting Classes, Referral & Linkage to Additional Services & Resources.

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Mental Health Assessments, Treatment Planning, Individual Therapy, Outreach, Groups.

    • Fees:

      There are no fees or insurance required to participate in the program.

    • Referrals:

      Self-referrals are accepted, as well as recommendations from school personnel or other service providers.

    • Clinical Program Manager:

      Marianne Marafino, LCSW, marriane.marafino@communitysolutions.org

  • SBC-PEI Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our SBC Prevention and Early Intervention program serves youth grades k-12, and their families, in participating San Benito County schools, who are at risk of experiencing mental health or behavioral challenges. This program is team-based with staff working directly in the schools, collaborating with clients, families, and school personnel to provide services. 

      Clients are seen on a light touch and refer basis, with 3-5 sessions offered before they are referred to SBC Behavioral Health. However, clients are given the opportunity to continue in group following individual sessions. Services are school-specific, with the program adapting to the needs of each. A large number of clients are from rural and/or migrant communities. It is important for interns to be flexible, trauma-informed, and willing to learn and collaborate in order to meet the individual needs of each client and school.

    • Services Provided Include:

      Outreach, Case Management, On-site Support, Individual and/or Group Counseling, Parent/Caregiver Workshops, Referral & Linkage to Additional Service & Resources.

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish (large migrant community).

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, currently treating Schizophrenia.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Maintain a Small Caseload of Individual Clients, Group Facilitation, Counseling, Outreach.

    • Fees:

      There are no fees or insurance required to participate in the program.

    • Referrals:

      Referrals are accepted through participating schools.

    • Clinical Program Manager:

      Candace Wilson, LPCC, candace.wilson@communitysolutions.org 

  • THRIVE Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our THRIVE (Transformation, Hope, Resiliency, Integrity, Voice, Engagement) program serves youth ages 10-19 who are at risk of committing gang-related crimes. Clients are recruited through extensive outreach, which is a vital part of working with this team. This program takes a team-based approach, facilitating a number of groups and collaborating with other organizations to achieve outcomes. Interns have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Taskforce, which consists of various other agencies, the DA, and other professionals, that gather to discuss current trends and collaborate to support youth. 

      Clients are seen weekly. The program provides youth with growth opportunities and incorporates El Joven Noble and Restorative Justice practices to encourage rehabilitation and conflict resolution.

    • Services Provided Include:

      School Groups, Community Outreach, Case Management, Individual, Group, and Family Counseling, Advocacy, Crisis Intervention, Referral & Linkage to Additional Services & Resources.

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Groups, Outreach, Care Coordination & Collaboration with Schools. 

    • Fees:

      There are no fees or insurance required to participate in the program.

    • Referrals:

      A lot of clients are gained through outreach. Self-referrals are accepted, as well as through MHPD, GPD, schools, parents, and the community. 

    • Clinical Program Manager:

      Marianne Marafino, LCSW, marriane.marafino@communitysolutions.org

  • Substance Use Prevention Internship
    • Program Overview:

      Our Substance Use Prevention program serves youth at participating MHUSD & GUSD schools who are at risk of substance use, providing the tools and skills necessary to avoid substances.  

    • Services Provided Include:

      School Groups, Parent Groups, Late Night Gym, Alcohol and Drug-Free Outreach Events, Referral & Linkage to Additional Services and Resources.

    • Primary Languages:

      English, Spanish.

    • Common Diagnoses:

      No diagnosing – clients are either impacted by substance use themselves, or someone in their support system is impacted.

    • Intern Duties Include:

      Outreach, Groups, Care Coordination, Case Management.

    • Fees:

      There are no fees or insurance required to participate in the program.

    • Referrals:

      Self-referrals are accepted, as well as through MHPD, GPD, schools, parents, and through the community.

    • Clinical Program Manager:

      Marianne Marafino, LCSW, marriane.marafino@communitysolutions.org

At Community Solutions I met some wonderful women who helped me with my fears and helped me understand that I did not deserve to be abused by anyone.

Luz, age 50, Solutions to Violence

[Community Solutions] helped me with my problems and were there when I was having hard times. They have helped my family with a place to live and helped us pay some bills and buy some food when we needed it.

Serena, age 15, Child & Youth Behavioral Health

I cannot describe very well but all I know is that each day is getting better. Your program helps.

Jin, age 62, Adult Behavioral Health

Thanks to the program, I left the ugly house I was living in that had two small windows for the 8 of us, dirt floors, broken windows, no door, and the toilet always clogging. Now my children and I have a nice apartment where we have more space, privacy, and carpet where we can be barefoot.

Teresa, age 38, Solutions to Violence Supportive Housing Program
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