Junior Blind's Campus & Community-Based Mental Health Services are dedicated to nurturing the mental health of children and youth with histories of maltreatment, such as abuse or neglect, and those impacted by the foster care system—especially those who are medically fragile, multi-disabled or chronically ill. Through our specialized emotional and behavioral services, we help these children cope with the traumatic experiences and unstable environments causing them to be removed from their families or putting them at-risk of removal.
Junior Blind's Mental Health Services are provided to children up to age 22, in Junior Blind's Children's Residential Program, the foster care system or living in the community. Youth have mental health disorders and may be medically fragile, multi-disabled or have chronic medical conditions, such as juvenile diabetes, muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis. Clients must be Medi-Cal eligible.
*Children and youth do not have to be blind or visually impaired to receive services.
At Junior Blind, we offer a variety of services to help encourage and maintain strong family relationships, including the support of a bilingual Family Partner. Families are also invited to be intimately involved in goal-setting and treatment planning for each child.
Junior Blind's Mental Health Services staff offers individualized care that respects, reflects and incorporates our clients' strengths, preferences and cultural beliefs. Therapist/Case Managers work individually with children to address how symptoms of their conditions may impact their lives, while Rehabilitation Specialists engage the children in activities to boost their confidence and self control. Our child psychiatrist works closely with each child's treatment team to ensure that children receive the pharmacological care they need, if any.
A bilingual Family Partner provides advocacy assistance, coaching and access to parent groups.
Junior Blind's Mental Health Services are provided to children and youth living on our campus or in Los Angeles County.
Children may be referred by parents, teachers, friends, pastors, pediatricians, coaches or the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.