Behavioral Health for Children & Youth | Valley Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Treatment for Children & Youth

Valley Behavioral Health offers a number of day treatment programs and services for children and youth ages 6 to 17 years old. Day treatment is therapeutic programming that is offered Monday through Friday during school hours. Our programs provide a safe and healing environment for your child to work through mental and behavioral health symptoms that cause problems in the home, at school, or in the community. Day treatment is more intensive than outpatient treatment but less intensive than hospitalization.

While in day treatment, your child will receive individual, family, and group therapy as well as skills groups throughout the day. During the school year, Valley partners with Granite School District to provide academic support to our clients to prevent them from falling behind in school, or to help them catch up. In the summer, we offer additional therapeutic activities and field trips.

Transportation is available to and from all of our day treatment programs, and lunch is provided. If you would like more information about our day treatment programs, please reach out.

About Our Services

Our children’s behavioral treatment services and programs focus on decreasing a child’s symptoms in order to enhance and maintain their level of functioning. We offer specialized children’s behavioral health programs during or after school, or as a day treatment program. Together, we will help your child address:

  • Supportive stabilization
  • Crisis management
  • Coping skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Eliminating dysfunctional or risky behaviors
  • And more

Additionally, we work closely with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) for assessment and treatment. Review the listing below to find the best outpatient mental or behavioral health program for your child, or call a Valley Behavioral Health representative for further information.

Children and Youth Day Treatment

Adolescents in Motion (AIM)

AIM is a day treatment program for youth ages 12 to 17 years old. AIM provides support and therapeutic services for youth who are struggling with depression, anxiety, oppositional behaviors, anger management issues, and other associated symptoms. The program focuses on keeping these youth positively engaged with their families and communities.

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Acute Children’s Extended Services (ACES)

ACES is an after-school program for children ages 6 to 11 years old. ACES is not a full-day treatment program and runs from 2:45 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phase 1 will focus on following social skills, including following directions, teasing, feelings, friendships, accepting no, anger management. Phase 2 is more advanced skills that include positive self-statement for self and others, staying on task, ignoring distractions, accepting consequences, how to deal with losing in a game, and problem-solving.  ACES clients can choose to work with our ACES therapist or can continue seeing their outpatient therapist.

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Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a day treatment program for youth ages 12 to 17 years old. DBT provides support and therapeutic services using DBT-based interventions. This program is geared toward youth who are struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and other associated symptoms. DBT is generally longer than our other day treatment programs and youth generally spend at least several months in treatment.

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Kids Intensive Day Services (KIDS)

KIDS is a day treatment program for youth ages 5-12 years old. KIDS provides support and therapeutic services for our younger clients and, like our other day treatment programs, is designed to prevent placement in higher levels of care (like the hospital or residential treatment). Because of the different developmental levels of our clients at KIDS, they are placed into one of three groups depending on their age. This ensures that they are in treatment with children who are similar in age and development.

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Children and Youth Outpatient Treatment

ValleyWest Integrated Clinic

ValleyWest clinicians offer care focused on mental and behavioral health of children, youth, and families utilizing evidence-based practices. ValleyWest clinicians offer care focused on assistance for reunification with children, parenting classes, and evidence-based trauma treatment.

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School-Based Services

Valley Behavioral Health partners with a number of school districts in the Salt Lake Valley to provide in-school therapy services. Placing therapists in schools makes therapy easy to access for families who may have barriers associated with therapy in a clinic setting. Our in-school therapists are all fully licensed and can provide assistance with everything from depression and anxiety to problems associated with school performance and compliance. Both individual and family therapy can be offered in the school setting.

Behavioral Health FAQs

What treatment options are available through the Behavioral Health program at Valley Behavioral Health?

  • Adolescents in Motion (AIM)
  • Acute Children’s Extended Services (ACES)
  • Children’s Behavioral Therapy Unit (CBTU) – School-Based Services
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Kids Intensive Day Services (KIDS)

When can I expect to see change and benefits from participating in therapy?

Change for clients varies from individual to individual. Change is determined by the client’s and family’s motivation to work on identified treatment issues.

How long will I be in therapy?

Determining how long a client will be in therapy will be considered individually based upon the needs of the client. After the client is assessed by the therapist, the therapist will schedule an ongoing appointment time with the client. Therapists review the duration and length of time for therapy based upon progress in treatment.

What are some reasons clients may be discharged?

There are a number of reasons why a client may be discharged from services. These reasons include:

  • The client achieves the identified treatment goals
  • The client or legal guardian no longer desires the agency’s services
  • The client no longer meets eligibility criteria.
  • Inconsistent attendance in therapy
  • Additional reasons for discharge include refusal of the client to meet program standards or requirements, a client whose needs exceed the services the agency is capable of providing, and when the court approves discharge of clients who were mandated to participate in treatment by the court.

For parents seeking services for youth under the age of 18:

How will I be included in my child’s therapy?

For best practice, Valley Behavioral Health believes that children need a safe and confidential environment to work on treatment issues.  There may be times when the parent will come into session.  The therapist will generally share information with the parent addressing the treatment goals worked on and suggesting interventions for the parent to use at home with the child.  It is important that children feel safe to express concerns and issues they are having within the therapeutic relationship, which is why confidentiality will be honored.

What will my role be while my child is in therapy?

The role of the parent while their child is in therapy is to collaborate with the therapist on interventions, progress, and concerns. Therapy is a support to assist parents to help their child learn new coping skills, ways to problem solve and healthy pro-social behaviors. A large part of the role of the parent during treatment is to help encourage, support, engage, and practice newly learned behaviors with your child in between sessions.

Children and Youth Day Treatment Referral Form

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY

  • (Submit clinical documentation to support medical necessity for day treatment service.)
    Max. file size: 8 GB.

  • (does it match with symptoms/behaviors/presentation):
  • (Axis V)
  • (Including Dosages and Frequency of Medical and Psychiatric Medications)

  • (Current or history of suicidal ideations-plan/intent, self-harm behavior, and HI, elopement risk, impulsivity, current physical or sexual aggression-towards animals or others, gang involvement, property destruction, risk for victimization/neglect/abuse. Unintentional harm due to misinterpretation of reality i.e. dangerous behavior due to psychosis, not eating or elopement due to paranoia, command hallucinations.)

  • (Is youth completing ADLs-eating, sleeping, bathing, toileting, or has there been a significant change in functioning? Social functioning with peers and family: i.e. withdrawal from interactions, conflict with others, ability to communicate wants, needs, emotions? Functioning in the school setting: i.e. suspensions, special classroom placements, attendance, and changes in grades. What school behavior plans have been implemented and what has been the youth’s response? Has youth demonstrated the ability to maintain progress/behavior in a structured setting and when the structure has decreased? What coordination has been done with the youth’s school? Medication compliance?)

  • (How medical conditions, developmental disabilities, ASD, substance use, and psychiatric concerns impact current mental health presentation? Frequency of substance use? Symptoms of psychosis that impair participation in treatment. Response to medication?)

  • (Describe the current caregiver-child relationship, family relationship, and family supports. Psychosocial status: access to housing, medical care, food community supports, cultural factors. Identify protective factors and ability to access supports. Identify risk factors, trauma history, exposure to criminal activities/substance use in family/communities. Parent separations i.e. death, incarceration, divorce, deportation, Are role expectations developmentally appropriate; is youth parentified? Does the family respond appropriately to the youth’s needs? Impact of caregiver mental health functioning.)

  • (History of all MH/SUD facility treatment services. How has youth responded to current and past treatment? Is progress being maintained with current treatment interventions or is there regression, please describe? If no treatment has been provided, why has the family not engaged? How does youth respond to developmental pressures, life changes, transitions, changes in routines?)

  • (Describe the client-therapist relationship and describe the caregiver-therapist working relationship.: trusting, positive, ambivalent, avoidant, distrustful, hostile, productive/unproductive. How actively does youth participate in individual, group, and family sessions? Is the engagement productive or disruptive? Does the youth demonstrate an understanding of the need for treatment? Demonstrates responsibility of behavior?. What is the frequency and engagement of caregivers in family therapy? What is being addressed in family therapy? Is the caregiver sensitive and responsive to needs related to the presenting problem? Is the caregiver able to follow through with treatment recommendations and make meaningful changes?)

  • Treatment Plan

  • (Group, individual and family therapy, milieu treatment, d/c & safety planning, medication evaluation, and management)

  • Estimated Length of Stay and Discharge Plan

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