Child & Adolescent Rehabilitation & Empowerment Services
What is CARES?
Woven into our comprehensive mental health treatment service program is Tapestry’s menu of group and individual rehabilitation services. CARES is designed to assist your child to build skills that improve their ability to overcome significant behavioral and/or emotional impairments in various life domains (i.e. home, school, community, and/or social settings). Children who meet medical necessity for rehabilitation services will experience fun, interactive group activities, such as art, dance, environmental awareness and yoga, while working with a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS), who works collaboratively with the client’s clinician in providing in-the-moment practice towards mastering treatment goals, healing, and empowerment.
CARES is meant to support your child’s success in one of Tapestry’s mental health treatment programs. Each of our activities is uniquely designed and taught by talented, educated service providers to meet your child’s mental health needs.
How does Group Rehabilitation work?
CARES is not an after-school program. There is no home-work time allowed. Instead, each child participating in group rehabilitation services will receive interventions that are promising/evidence-based practices and are effective in helping them build the skills they need to deal with their impairments.
Your child will join a team (usually 5-6 kids) that is led by a trained Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS), with support of an Activity Leader, another qualified adult who leads a fun and interactive activity meant to provide your child with the opportunity to learn and practice therapeutic skills and techniques.
What kind of skills will my child learn in CARES?
Your child will learn an array of skills, including anger management, impulse control, self-esteem building, assertiveness, feeling identification, conflict resolution, and how to have healthy relationships (to name a few).
Where does CARES happen?
Our activities take place throughout our community. Being in the community not only helps children become part of their local community, but also assists in integrating them, or connecting them, with other community-based activities and resources.
When is CARES?
During the school year, CARES operates Monday through Thursday from 3:15pm until 5:15pm. Your child will attend group rehab 1-2x per week (i.e. Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Your child may also meet with the MHRS on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (depending on their level of need) to build a relationship, develop trust, and work on their therapeutic goals individually.
During the summer or on major holidays where Tapestry is open, CARES operates from 12:30pm until 2:30pm.
During the school year, children are picked up by Tapestry staff at school dismissal, transported to the activity site at Tapestry or in the community, and then dropped off at home at the end of the group rehabilitation session. On days where there is early dismissal (or during the summer or holidays), Tapestry will pick children up from home (unless otherwise specified).
If you have any questions about Tapestry CARES, please talk with your child’s treating therapist, or contact Clinical Coordinator, Amanda Pantaleón, LMFT, at (707) 463-3300 ext 131.