Children’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Branch
The Children’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Branch is responsible for the oversight of services and supports for children and youth who have or are at-risk of developing behavioral health concerns (including both mental health and substance use), and their families. This includes assisting providers and families in accessing training and coaching in a variety of evidence-based and promising approaches.
Branch staff work with Community Mental Health Centers and other agencies by providing oversight of and technical assistance regarding the delivery of a continuum of behavioral health care that includes promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services and supports.
Additionally, staff work with specific state and regional initiatives, including but not limited to:
- Adolescent substance use prevention and treatment
- Crisis intervention
- Early childhood mental health
- High-fidelity wraparound
- Peer support
- School-based behavioral health
- Trauma-informed care
Finally, the branch has primary responsibility for oversight of several federal grants and initiatives whose funds are geared toward adolescent substance use, transition-age youth, early interventions for first episode psychosis, system-of-care expansion, bridging services from hospital to community, and others.
The branch adheres to and operates in accordance with the values and guiding principles of Systems of Care (see Related Links), as set forth by the federal Center for Mental Health Services within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (see Related Links).
The Children’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Branch staff is responsible for the following program areas: