Children and Youth Behavioral Health Treatment | Valley Cares

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 treatment services 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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Children’s Behavioral Therapy Unit (CBTU) – School-Based Services

Children’s Behavioral Therapy Units are collaborative behavioral health programs with Valley Behavioral Health and Salt Lake School District (Beacon Heights Elementary) and Granite School District (Robert Frost Elementary).  The Program serves children who have profound mental health issues that qualify as SED and special education services. The program is like a day treatment model and serves elementary-aged school children. Unlike our other day treatment programs, enrolling a child in one of our CBTU programs requires a special referral from the school. That process is entirely managed by the school districts.

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 provides a range of mental health and substance use services for residents of Salt Lake County. ValleyWest provides outpatient treatment for families with services for adults and children. 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.

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