Mental Health Services

Early childhood mental health is not changing normal behaviors into diagnoses or “mental health issues.” Rather, it is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development and helping children and their families achieve it.

Like adults, children can have mental health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act. Without treatment, mental health disorders may lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and more. Untreated mental health disorders can be very costly to families, communities, and the health care system.

How do you know if your child needs Mental Health Services?

Children express emotional or behavioral problems in many different ways. Sometimes it is not easy to know when your child may need mental health services. Seek help for your child if you are concerned by any of the following:

  • Changes in appetite or sleep or other behaviors
  • Social withdrawal
  • Fearfulness, sadness or tearfulness
  • Frequent rule breaking or behavior problems at preschool or home
  • Aggression towards others
  • Threats to harm self
  • Rejecting or avoiding being touched or held
  • Unusual difficulty in soothing or consoling
  • Inability to comfort or calm self
  • Not turning to familiar adults for comfort

There may be many reasons for what’s causing your concern. We can help.

Home and Clinic Based Services

Our Home-Based Services combine the use of individual therapy, family therapy, case-management and family collateral contacts as an approach to helping families. Learn more »

School Based Services

In a warm, caring, respectful and vibrant environment, our preschool offers highly individualized educational and therapeutic services to children ages 3 to 5 with special needs. Learn more »


Wraparound is a team-based planning process intended to provide individualized, coordinated, family-driven care to meet the complex needs of children who are involved with several child-and family-serving systems (e.g. mental health, child welfare, special education). Learn more »

Child Care Solutions

Offering mental health consultation services for the licensed child care community in Contra Costa County. Learn more »

Intensive Foster Care Services

This program provides a team-based planning process to meet the complex needs of young children and families in the foster care system. Learn more »

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