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Medical/Psychiatric Support Services (MPS)

therapist and autistic little girlMedication Support services have been provided by Youth for Change since 1998. Starting with a single doctor, then growing into a full medical team of licensed medical personnel including Psychiatrist (MD) and Registered Nurses (RN) and a specially trained administrative coordinator that we have today. Our program is based on the highest standards of medical and psychiatric practice.

Med Support services are offered to all children, adolescents and their families who are enrolled in a variety of Youth for Change programs, up to the age of 18. These services include consultation, diagnostic assessment, psychotropic medication treatment and psychotherapy.

Youth for Change Med Support program staff are dedicated to providing quality services based on the highest community standards set forth by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Our services include an in-depth and on-going psychiatric diagnostic process by our child and adolescent psychiatrist. The child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents and their families.

The "Initial" psychiatric evaluation includes a rigorous review of historical and current assessment background of the client. It also provides a clinically engaging assessment of the youth, a thorough diagnostic evaluation and development of a treatment plan.

In some cases, the evaluation may include review of medical reports from other licensed medical personnel such as results from physical exams, psychological testing, laboratory tests, other medical tests such as an electrocardiogram (EKG) or electroencephalogram (EEG) and consultations with other specialists. Based on this comprehensive psychiatric assessment and diagnostic evaluation, a treatment plan will be developed, that may or may not include the use of psychotropic medication. This comprehensive treatment plan involves care customized according to patient needs and values and the promotion of family participation and empowerment.

The"Follow Up" psychiatric evaluations with the youth are provided at least monthly and more frequently if needed. Consultation appointments are scheduled as well for adult clinical update. Working together, family, youth and professionals can collaborate effectively in support of individualized, strengths-based, culturally competent treatment.

Med Support staff work closely with the psychiatrist and other YFC staff members to ensure quality care and psychiatric treatment for our YFC youth. Our nurses are dedicated to offering support, networking, advocacy and education for our children and their families.

Our Intention

Knowing that every child is unique, it is the intent of our Med Support program to offer services customized to the special needs of our youth and their families. It is also our heartfelt intent that YFC clients will find relief, joy and hope in the discovery process of their unique selves, strengths and potential during our work together.

Located at the Specialty Services Building:
7200 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969
530-877-1965

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