CCJJD has made it a priority to address the mental health needs of adolescents/families in Cameron County. In the last several years, the department has expanded its Mental Health Division with licensed clinicians and a mental health assistant to help address the complex needs of youth.
The Mental Health Coordinator who oversees the Division coordinates crisis and counseling services for community youth, Detention and Post Residential programs. She also conducts Behavior Health Assessments reports for the Juvenile Court for juveniles that are being considered for residential placement.
The in-house clinicians provide individual counseling to juveniles referred by their assigned Juvenile Probation Officer. Family counseling is also provided, especially for juveniles in post residential programs and continues with re-entry juveniles who are transitioning to their homes.
The department’s licensed clinicians are trained with Trauma Informed Care, Dialectical Behavior Theory (DBT) and Trauma Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) as innovative approaches to best meet the client’s needs.