Our agency buildings will not be open on Thursday 2/3 or Friday 2/4. All scheduled appointments will be switched to telehealth. Clients will be notified via phone.

youth care

Continuum of Care for Youth

Youth Empowerment Program

The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) was created to be less intensive than partial hospitalization, residential and hospitalization, but more intensive than regular outpatient care. The YEP provides a community-based placement intervention for youth who:

  • Are on a waiting list for more intensive services
  • Need a step-down from hospitalization, residential placement or partial hospitalization
  • Have not benefited from traditional outpatient therapy.

Specifics of the Youth Empowerment Program:

  • Serves youth ages 12 through 17
  • Provides an intensive half-day therapeutic/academic program for 12-15 weeks. (The academic component is optional)
  • Includes four days of treatment per week (Monday through Thursday)
  • Provides family therapy, individual therapy, group therapy and psychiatric services (as needed)
  • Offers collaboration with home school to provide transition planning
  • Staffed by a multidisciplinary multimodal team of Mental Health Professionals

Accepts referrals from managed care organizations, local school districts, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, hospitals, residential facilities, Juvenile Court, Montgomery County Children Services and others.


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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 >>

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