The Children’s System of Care provides mental helath and substance use services and resources to children experiencing behavioral health problems, which may lead to disruptions at home, school or in the community. The goal of treatment is
to restore hope and healing with each child and their family.
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Access to Services
The Children’s System of Care, including contracted Medi-cal providers, provides mental health and substance abuse services and resources necessary to promote wellness and recovery for Kern County children and their families. Families will meet with a behavioral health professional who will provide options that will best support the child and their family. All services are client-centered, racially and culturally appropriate, flexible, with a focus on individual/family’s strengths, to promote positive peer and professional relationships, and incorporate each individual/family’s natural support system within the treatment process.
Services may include, but are not limited to:
Mental health and diagnostic assessments
Individual and/or therapy
School-based rehabilitation services
Crisis intervention services
CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) Services
Therapeutic behavioral services
Substance use treatment
Psychiatric evaluation and medication management
Referrals and coordinated care with other agencies and resources
If you need immediate care for a child,
contact our 24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE at 1-800-991-5272
Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services is proud to work with First 5 Kern on its Help Me Grow Kern program. It aims to increase developmental screenings for children across Kern County as well as provide linkage to needed services in our community.
Help Me Grow Kern
Request for services for
Out of County Foster Care Youth
Non-Kern County Foster Youth that are placed in Kern County by another County (of Jurisdiction) may access specialty mental health services through the request for a Presumptive Transfer.
Placing Agency for the County of Jurisdiction should submit their request of Presumptive Transfer within (3) business days of the decision to place a foster youth outside of the County of Jurisdiction.
Presumptive Transfer may be requested by Placing Agency by contacting Kern BHRS Care Coordination Unit Desk at (661) 635-1340 or at cell phone number at (661) 410-9772 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assembly Bill 1299 (Ridley-Thomas, Chapter 603, Statutes 2016) established Presumptive Transfer, a policy to improve the timely and effective provision and payment of specialty mental health services to children in foster care who are placed outside of their counties of jurisdiction by transferring the responsibility for the provision and payment of specialty mental health services to the county of residence. Discussions regarding presumptive transfer should occur with the child and his or her parent, with the Child and Family Team (CFT) members, and in consultation with other professionals who serve the child or youth and be based on meeting the child’s needs as appropriate.