youth care

Continuum of Care for Youth

Focus on Children and Youth

Sandy Hook Elementary

How to Help Children Cope With Frightening News
This past month we were all shocked and horrified to learn of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The community was shaken to its core but seems to have responded in a most remarkable fashion during this very trying period.

When children are experiencing difficulty it can affect their self-esteem, success in school, friendship and family life. Our goal is to assist the child while working together with the family, the family physician, educators, or other professionals to coordinate behavioral health care. We offer a wide range of programs that incorporate individual, group and family counseling for children and youth struggling with such issues as:
  • School / education problems
  • Trauma issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Lack of motivation/underachievement/over-achievement
  • Loneliness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor social skills
  • Acting out behaviors
  • Divorce and blended families issues
South Community will provide diagnostic assessment to determine the problem, develop a plan and implement solutions. Specialists in children’s problems are available to provide treatment in the most appropriate modality. We also offer assessment and medication services provided by a psychiatrist when needed.

Children with Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED)

South Community offers community support for SED children and youth. When a community psychiatric support specialist is assigned, the specialist will set up a service plan, introduce additional service providers, maintain frequent contact with the family, and monitor progress. This service is a key component to successful outcomes.

More specialized treatment for severely emotionally disturbed children include:
  • Youth Empowerment Program (1/2 day)
  • Partial hospitalization: a daily treatment program of individual, group and family therapy as well as educational tutoring (full day).
  • Foster care in a 24 hour in-home environment with trained foster parents.

School Programs

South Community Inc.’s School Programs provide quality mental health counseling to children and adolescents who are in need of mental health services in the school setting. These services are provided through partnerships with school districts, based upon the need of the district for their students. It is the belief of our systems that integrating quality mental health care is critical to the academic success of the child / adolescent who is having emotional and behavioral difficulties. We utilize a strengths-based approach modeled after the Circle of Courage as developed through the Reclaiming Youth Network.

The school districts included are:
  • Dayton Public Schools
  • Huber Heights
  • Kettering
  • Miamisburg Satellite Court
  • Montgomery County Educational Service Centers – East & West
  • Northmont
  • Northridge
  • Centerville
  • Oakwood
  • New Lebanon
  • Eaton Community Schools
 

To Whom It May Concern:
I am a parent of a child with special needs. We have been involved with South Community for many years. It is a partnership that I have come to rely on as an integral part of my son’s support system.

The summer program that South Community has in place is an awesome program that provides a wonderful opportunity for many kids at risk, who otherwise would be left out of a truly adventurous experience. READ MORE >>

I honestly do not know what I would have done without South Community. It has helped me so much in rebuilding my life. I went from living at home with my mother for financial reasons, and also severe depression, to having a place of my own and a job!

Thanks to South Community, I was able to get the therapy I needed. I was also able to obtain a caseworker, Lynn Wynstrep. Lynn helped me get my life back in order. READ MORE >>

To Staff of South Community:
Thank you all for a wonderful training year. You guys were a great supportive staff to work with. I felt like I was part of the team here, and I appreciate everyone for helping me with anything I needed throughout the year.

I know that many agencies talk about having a recovery focus, but the staff here truly implements it. I noticed it and my clients noticed it. From the front service desk to the providers in the back, there is an emphasis on client care. READ MORE >>