San Mateo County Health System: Canyon Oaks Youth Center information provided by: San Mateo County Mental Health Services Division

Canyon Oaks Youth Center is a 12 bed Short -Term Residential Therapeutic Program for adolescents 12-17 years of age and youth up to age 19 if identified under Assembly Bill 12 (AB12). AB 12 refers to youth that are in the foster care system. Under this bill, a foster care placement can be extended beyond their 18th birthday.

Clients participate in our intensive mental health program which includes goal setting, health management, coping skills groups, movement therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, recreation therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy in a residential setting. Mental health services include weekly individual and family therapy and case management services. Below is a list of the various services provided to facilitate change:

- Mental health counseling services for youth with substance use issues as a secondary diagnosis- group and individual
- Occupational Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Clinical case management (linkage and advocacy, discharge planning, referral to aftercare services, etc.)
- Supported education programs
- Social rehabilitation activities
- Individual & Family Therapy
- Support Groups
- Vocational support
- Psychiatric services and medication management
- Onsite education.

Program residents receive educational services in our two special education classrooms on-site, which are operated by the San Mateo County Office of Education. Clients receive regular support and coaching from residential counselors and each is assigned a primary residential counselor whom they access for additional support in coming up with strategies to achieve their treatment goals.

Canyon Oaks Youth Center has a very diverse staff and offers bi-lingual capacity in order to provide individual and family therapy in Spanish, as well as offering interpretive services in order to treat youth and families in a wide array of other languages. All services are approached from a trauma informed and culturally informed framework.

In 2015 Assembly Bill 403, Continuum of Care Reform, was passed to comprehensively reform placement and treatment options for youth in foster care. In addition to having a short term residential therapeutic program license, all group homes also need to become accredited under a national organization. COYC is seeking accreditation through Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In this process we have been collecting feedback from clients, caregivers, community partners, and staff to ensure our practices are in alignment with CARF standards. Caregivers may be contacted for further feedback. COYC is hoping to become accredited by June 2019. To learn more about this process, please visit the California Department of Social Services website: .

How to Refer:
COYC does not accept private placement or out of county placements. COYC accepts placements from three placing agencies, Juvenile Probation, Child Welfare, and or School Districts for youth with an IEP. Cases for a referral are presented to the Inter-Agency Placement Review Committee (IPRC) for review by representatives of Juvenile Probation, Child Welfare, BHRS and the County Office of Education. To schedule a presentation at the IPRC, please contact Samnit Kumar at 650-312-8816 and request the IPRC Referral & Presentation form.

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Record last updated: Mar 22 2019 11:13AM
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    400 Edmonds Road
    Redwood City, CA 94062
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  • Ziomara Ochoa, Clinical Manager
    (650) 573-2179
  • Victoria Valencia, Unit Supervisor
    (650) 839-1810

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