Mental Health Treatment Program

This program is for:

  • Children up to age 24
  • Children living in Mendocino County
  • Children who are struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral issues that have not responded to less intensive community-based interventions
  • Children with full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility or those eligible under other grant-funded programs, including MHSA
  • Children who meet the standard of medical necessity for (including a significant impairment in two or more life domains) and are likely to benefit from the program

Tapestry’s Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Program is designed to provide mental health treatment and rehabilitative services for children who have a range of emotional and behavioral impairments that have not responded to less intensive community-based interventions, significantly impair a child’s ability to function in a variety of life domains including social relationships, community home and school. The culture of service delivery is expected to be as service excellence standards, meaning that clients are engaged positively and effectively based on individual needs and circumstances/dynamics and aimed at facilitating the child achieving treatment goals.

The purpose of Tapestry’s Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Program is to find ways, using a broad range of therapeutic interventions, to facilitate healing and growth in these children by helping them develop behavior management skills, impulse control, emotional self-awareness and tolerance, empathy, social skills and the capacity to participate in positive relationships with peers and caregivers. Over time, the successful acquisition of these skills will allow these children to form healthy relationships, make appropriate academic progress, and either remain in their own homes or be able to move to less restrictive environments.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Tapestry Family Services also provides a specific evidenced based practice, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT was developed in the early 1970’s by Sheila Eyberg. UC Davis CAARE Hospital has taken the lead in disseminating this therapy to California. PCIT is an intensive 14-16 week evidence-based treatment program for young children with emotional and behavioral problems that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

Most of the session time is spent coaching caregivers in the application of specific therapy skills. Concluding each session, therapist and caregiver together decide which skill to focus on most during daily home practice sessions the following week.

PCIT aims to reduce parental stress, enhance the child- parent relationship and decrease problematic behaviors in children. This treatment is specific to children who have disruptive and oppositional behaviors that are sometimes indicative of hyperarousal behaviors associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Being able to provide this service to a rural county where both historical trauma and ongoing complex trauma are at a significantly higher rate compared to the state as a whole is invaluable. PCIT is often used in complex reunification cases where the Department of Social Services is involved and has detained children from their biological families.

C.A.R.E.S. Rehab Program

Activities offered to service recipients provide real life environments so that children and adolescents can practice skills in the moment with the support of a rehabilitation specialist and peers. Activities vary depending on availability of service providers and the demographics of the group. Activities can include, equine assisted group rehabilitation with a Licensed Equine Assisted Clinician, Aikido, Mindfulness, Yoga, Art, Games, Community activities such as bowling, gentle hikes or visits to the local animal shelter.