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Monday, June 18th


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Good morning and welcome to another edition of living veteran San Diego public service presentation of the Entercom San Diego radio stations and apparently. The San Diego center for children is a leader in children's behavioral health care serving children and families throughout San Diego County. At the San Diego percent of children they promote health and wellbeing of the whole person. And the safety of their environments joining us this morning San Diego center for children president and CEO doctor voices are wrong. And senior director of telepathy Allison back welcome voices welcome Alison her in the morning. Good to see the both you again that's been a couple of years I think Alison at least two years yeah thank fiesta and voices at least two years so moreover very happy to be back. New pleasure to have both of you back let's let's start from the beginning more system a little background influence history about the Sandia percent of children. Happy to do so this and he listened to for children is the oldest nonprofit serving the needs of children and youth in our community. Actually this year we're celebrating 131. Years. Of providing services. You know our community. And we've really focused on the needs of children and youth and families with mental emotional and behavioral disorders. Are we have a range of programs to be able to respond to those needs we have great facilities to ought to count any. We have 355. Staff members. That have great skills great passion that touched the lives about a thousand people every single day. What's that the mission and it does an 8% of children and the mission of the center is to protect the joy of childhood. Prevent emotional suffering and to inflate changed and you work a lot with Foster kids is it just Foster kids nor. Found actually we've we've really Warrick we don't wide range populations would really. Definitely provide our needs so we have expertise working with Foster utes don't have been mixed exposed to trauma so about 25% of the population that we work we will be in and tell Wofford care. There will be Foster youth. But we really see how folks and families from all walks of life some of their referrals come to us to school districts some of them com. Because they need their help we provide even if they don't have the resources to pay for that we have the opportunity to view to benefit them as well. I'm firmly Solso we've done health insurance private insurance or Medicare. And pay medi cal dive out new services will come to a lawless who really tried to create pathways for families from all walks of life to be able to access or services. Now I'm not mistaken the center is the oldest children's. Non profit in the region accredited. By the joint commission for excellence in in quality of care how does that work gee I mean and that's got to be a great great recognition you know. We're we're very proud of that actually how we have a multidisciplinary staff of clinicians from educators and support staff. And everybody really approaches to work from a from formal answer culturally he informed Lance. And we really strive for excellence we believe that that's really the level of service at the population we work with deserves. So all of our clinical services are really accredited by the truth commission which some national level of accreditation of excellence. That really speaks to the quality of what we do. And on view the occasional side our nonpublic school the academy is accredited by while switches there was an association for schools and colleges. I mentioned you have several. Program size yet eight program sites right. That's correct actually we have a presence throughout the whole count me in the northeast. The sound essentials from zero. We have a range of programs to be able to appropriately respond to the needs of families and and you can you. So you ranges from outpatient clinic that we have the time we were on the center which is located in Nissan vehicle. Well we're families who he can calm you they have questions concerns about the Charles functioning. Or mental challenges sort of educational challenges and will be able to work with them and help them. We also have a number of programs in coordination with in collaboration with the county of San Diego. Where we send teams of the professionals do families' homes to be able to work with them support them are wraparound program. We also have a program as we were talking about that before to work with all the youth that are placed in Foster family agencies we do that throughout the whole count me. We'll soon have a residential treatment facility. But the astute to have more significant challenge is more significant problems maybe Darren Briscoe for an themselves Alderson require a higher level of care. We have. Got facility or main campus in the Vista. Alan talk about those programs in a little more depth here in just minutes none of the program sites are are the programs then different for each particular site. Depending on them that needs. Absolutely so some of our programs are countywide. For example are opera program to we're talking about which a team of professional schools into families' homes. There will be countywide. The service is a report to Foster family agencies. And they use their replacement them. He's countywide. Some of our programs will be more centralized regional. Where families can do the easily access them so we're here to release are people from all walks of life informal if we count me in the best way we can. I read some staggering statistics the other day one in five children in San Diego. Are struggling with a mental emotional or behavioral disorder that. A works out via a 105000. Children and teens in San Diego County course struggling and also the 50% of mental health problems a rise by the age of fourteen. How we prevent this how we bring those numbers now. You know I'm so glad to bring that out because I think we really need to raise awareness in our community if you're absolutely correct that all the data suggest that about 20% of children youth. The experience of mental emotional behavioral disorders some of the most common ones that people are aware of will be depression will be inside people's trauma conditions behavioral problems learning problems and also developmental challenges. Actually a lot of people don't realize that about 25 to 30% of visits to pediatricians have to do with the start problems. So it's it's pervasive and a significant. What concerns greatly is the fact that maybe because of a lack of awareness of realization of because of not knowing exactly what to do or how to respond with the C issues. About 80% of these youth that are being experiencing these challenges and are getting to helping you and that's something that we need to change as a community. Because all the data clearly indicates. That early identification of its problems and only an intervention can really help change the course of the problems so the sooner a family. It's able to identify these challenges and be able to give the appropriate level of care which we are one of the important resources in the community. The better the chances that things will be moving in the right direction that it will be possible to intervene to help these through the Jews are two potential and to be able to help families cope and deal with. It's so what are some of the signs of mental health issues or behavioral issues. That's a very important question because for many children some of these challenges are gonna manifest themselves to behaviors. How many children especially the younger they are not gonna do particularly to be able to communicate through words what that might be experiencing. The kinds of things that will be important for educators for parents and the community in general to be aware of this changes in behavior for example that child out these are not eating as they used to and not sleeping as they were able to do. To do before any changes in level function to were doing well in school and now and they're not doing well in school. And kind of learning challenges or difficulties. Feeling. We trawl. Also there are concerns about the behaviors that are not developmentally appropriate but I can't outbursts. Aggressive behavior or impulsive behavior. When parents are observing behaviors that they feel the developmentally he's not what you would expect. You might be a good idea to have a conversation might be a good idea to get a consultation just to ensure. There were no dealing with a more significant challenge. And we that with a professional will be possible to do an assessment to identify. What kind of our children just made the existing don't require attention and the last thing to mention his infamous or concern about what's happening at home. Too many arguments difficulties telling them behaving Namibian indicators of something happening or if the child is not performing a school. Educational either way that a friendly thing to issue with the maybe something also to pay attention to. Other signs that much different between kids and adults. You know with a pulse you can observe some of these challenges but for adults who will be possible to do to communicate. Some of the things and be able to identify us more than motions and challenges that they may be experiencing. So a child that is experiencing fear for example may not be able to articulate that as we would put him on the facade of behavioral avoidance behavior that may not want to go places that do certain things. So it is important to look at the behavior as soon as important to look about what the child is doing and how they're responding to different situations. And then with the appropriate interventions might be possible to help them articulate to be able to verbalize what their concerns may be. And then be able to work with. So what kind of assessment do you do with the senate than to determine. A person I child's mental state. We're really fortunate to have a teen wolf all professionals multi disciplinary team of professionals from pretty much all disciplines in mental health and education. So wouldn't the youth is referred to laws when we tried to do is really gets all the available information to be able to identify what is to Houston the development of history. Where's the pattern of behavior. Challenges that they may be experiencing a learning difficulties. We didn't try to identify that we need to complement the information federal critics is we some of the kind of comprehensive assessment. That may involve psychological testing circle the occasional and I'll relations. Or some other type of developmental and alterations. But we tickled that information to be able to really get a better idea of why it is our underlying. The difficulties of the challenges that are being exhibited and that helps us in turned articulate to develop a treatment plan. A plan of action that being coordination with the family we're gonna put in place to try to help their child to better and reach she's so powerful potential. Tell us a voucher here and our families methodology this this is something that was. Created by the center right absolutely and appreciate you bringing that up. We're we're acutely aware. Dot com at the end of the day families are the ones that are becoming aware of the challenges and Thomas are the ones that are being entrusted with the responsibility. Of identifying. The resources. That they would like to axis of the field having trucks is to do to help a child. For many families it's very difficult to know what to do where to go some of them may not know exactly how to access the service of the may have difficulty is knowing how to be able to do so. So what we tried to do he's thinking from a family centered perspective. We developed a methodology that when it finally comes to us not only we're gonna do a comprehensive assessment of its of that child but we're also gonna do an assessment of the needs of that family. We're gonna look at what kind of education they need what kind of skills they need to develop. And how to be able to provide it would going to be able to also have conversations to identify what's happening within the family was seven with a of the siblings were happening with the parents. And identify or so what kind of resources in the community they may need them what's happening with the community. So we have developed a proprietary. Assessment process that allows to look at all of these dimensions. And our goal is that not only every child will get an appropriate treatment plan for every family will get what we call a family action plan. But is gonna have duplication. The skill development the recommendations the output to see the supports a referrals that they may need to be successful in all aspects of functioning. So you're not just treating the child you're treating the family as a whole. Very important and it really didn't that's an important component to address. We are concerned that sometimes. An individual center approach can be limiting. Yes it's important to look at the needs of the child if she's cute she's experiencing some symptoms are syndrome that requires intervention. To do to use the best possible interventions to be able to help them. But most children leaving the family most children are being taken care of by a family whatever that configuration may be. And we need to make sure that we understand what's happening with the family and that we provide appropriate supports to that family to be successful to fuel and power. To be able to help themselves and help their child. Because it's a society where interest and got family with the care of that child and we need to make sure that they can do appropriate resources to an election to support to be able to do that. So that's what we're trying to accomplish. And for that reason we develop this kind of standard rice approach a methodology. But it's allowing us to do that there were finding good results are finding that families who more empowered. That parents of stresses decreasing doses that they feel that they have better coping abilities to be able to take care of these challenges. I think it's also important to mention that of course a child's mental health. Doesn't just affect the child but those around. Him her that's an important point to make because it's really can't pay it back and forth is really a two way street. On the one hand too there's challenges that the parents or the families experiencing is gonna impact the well being of the child at same time the challenges that a child may be experiencing the impact awarding of the family. So it's very important to look at it from both perspectives it's important to look what's happening with the parents with siblings or with the child themselves. And if you wanna be really effective do need to be addressing distinction a comprehensive way in an integrated way. Now another one of your services or programs this is a therapeutic support to Foster youth living. In Foster family agency homes and their families tells us about that. Yes that's it we were talking it would be before. We really specialize in being able to work we used to have been exposed to trauma. And as a result of that are experiencing all kinds of challenges in pretty much all all the aspects of functioning. So if they used is removed from their home and they're being placed in Foster family agency with Foster parents to get that level of support. We have the expertise of working in coordination with the agency and with the Foster family to be able to provide appropriate therapeutic support. To ensure that dot used hopefully he's able to get the services and they opportunities they need to be able to initiate a press appealing. Interview with two reached their full potential. And you mentioned also earlier that you do have short term residential short term residential program. That's correct actually we are the first facility in in our count me to receive new licensed by the state of a short term residential treatment facility. So it's a residential program. That he skier to be able to help put a distance of youth that are experiencing more significant challenges in terms of behavior for safety for themselves or others so used. We'll come to a loss there will be leaving with a loss for period of time there could be from from weeks to maybe a few months depending on their needs. And then wheels incorporated the family we wanna be able to make sure that the family develops did it the resources to know how. How to be able to best help their youth and our team worked with the used to be able to address whatever is so they're lying to challenges that they are experiencing. Help them learn practice for self regulate the behavior helped to develop coping abilities so that they can return to a home environment. As soon as can be and to be successful in being able to do so. And our program really peace is significant because it helps prevent. Multiple hospitalizations. Or more significant challenges or difficulties. I mean suicidal radiation and and and suicide attempts are the second leading. Problem with our youth and and suicide completed suicide of the second leading cause of football or stats which we are used. So it's important to pay attention to these things and providing appropriate level of care when that's mean it as their a costly services. Yes actually there's a number of ways that the families can can come to us for example in our residential program. Some are referrals come from their programs for the kind of send you liked it they like child welfare if the youth using that system of care probation. We also if it's determined through on individualized educational programs special education programs in the public schools. That our residential program may be the best. A course of action for a youth a recommendation can be made so we receive a number referrals from school districts. And we also work with most private insurance is here in San Diego so when the family. Is experiencing just challenges and there's a sense that we can do you a good response from them. We definitely can work with their private insurance some of our other surfaces like our outpatient programs we really are providing a number of different pathways for families to come to us. Eve they have medi cal which is the State's Medicaid program we might be able to see them go way. He if they meet criteria to be able to access public health service Alfonse we will be able to do that as well because we have partnerships with that kind of San Diego. And they don't have resources we don't want them to not seek help. How we will work with them we have reduced fees I'm we will try to do our best to be the support and help. Now you had to end big event yesterday it was your rise up event. This is an annual thing you do right we have an anniversary celebration each year and this year it was their 131. Anniversary celebration. Humphries by the day featuring Grammy nominated artists hundred day cities' and pom wonderful musician and just an extraordinary event that yes we do. Your the year raise critical funds to help on the programs and recess was speaking about him to better serve the youth and payments and San Diego. So the money raised it doesn't go into any one particular service or program it really diversified across all of our programs to ensure that we all have the resources that we need him to their provides these types of programs and they diesels and an areas that are nine covered perhaps by some of the funding sources assessments and there's so many other. The needs and that are and so in port an answer critical to the delivery of service level of excellence that he was speaking about. Are all covered by some of those some sadness funding sources though that the community influence if you really helps to. Build upon that in Hansel we can provide to these children Timmons who are really working to overcome some pretty significant. Challenges on in life so this event seldom right around the same time every year yes yes typically have this in the spring springtime in them we have another event in the wintertime which scene it was wintertime. In December where we and by the community to be a part of our wacky monkey wonderland and this is a lot more about it in kind donation drive as well as raising. Funds to help provide through sponsorships are individual gifts. It's that if it held on our campus are mean campus told makers in Ireland does this. And we have a big festival pretty big party orient flight families and the community to come and bring. I gift donation in kinder cash gift to support the scene is there for children in December. I think I remember that yes here yet that that's fun wacky tanked it sounds like a lot of fun as now aside from these events he do you have any other events throughout the years I was kind of major ones those are to meet your signature fundraising events and of course events for on smaller on groups and now also walk and individuals to visit our campus that there's interest in. Learning more about the services that we provide on getting to meet and some of the staff and just seeing again that the main campus and land of his staff we welcome. Visitors that are scheduled in advance and welcome to reach out to us at center for children dot org to schedule some time to learn more. And connect with the served as a personal visit to the campus so aside from these events these fund raising events where else do you get your funding. They're filling up the provide funding for us throughout the year annually also wonderful foundations that support this in the senate for children. On the specific projects or programs that are of interest to them both individuals and foundations and case and volunteers and I sorely of Juarez or any now yes. We have quite a bit quite a range of volunteer opportunities everything from. Our our volunteer leadership for our board of trustees and serves magnificent role in our voluntarism. I'm Margaret committees and even those that went to it was to volunteer our programs we have. Some specific needs throughout the year on different process of getting through an you know background checked in and approved for content for work with our with our kid knows. But we also do are that throughout the year isn't mentioned we have voluntary non needs during those times of the year. And then of course to Stan throughout the holidays as it tends to via a pretty frightened me offers and needs for volunteers as well. And and somebody wants to volunteer in the morning your programs is there train it goes it goes along with it and it depends on which program they're going to be interested in that they have that there is interest need to keep our website updated with those types of needs in our program maybe it is day on. A person to work in our academy working alongside our teachers. Our art program on music and someone has that particular skill are on talent to. Something they wish to share it with our kids that is something weak on. I'm in it that is identified we can schedule that and in some of their curriculum happens within the program. We will work with you or the volunteer to you on again go through background check and then through the same level at a fund held a bit more of an extended volunteer application. But we definitely have placement for a number of volunteers and program. And you know something that I wanted to mention also because something that we've seen in the last year or so which has been really wonderful is it feels to me like a partnership with the community where we have groups of people. But come to our campus and they really helpless beautify it or remodel or revitalize one of the areas or therapy rooms. Or it may rooms in our told acre facility so obviously as you can imagine you keep. Of the facilities important and it becomes really a wonderful opportunity for. Groups of people that our interest in giving of their time. To be able to partner with those to do something meaningful that could have a lasting effect and that is just frequently are great surprise to that you don't we work without and is just a win win situation. When he's big and avatar toy makers program and those are more on the website as well at center for children dot org and we keep that updated through. On campus projects are particular programs that need an extra lift and that volunteers can and be involved with her through a direct service project or perhaps even hoping. Too little bit fundraising to support the front on that service projects that are joining makers for governments and did throughout the year and welcome increased to seeing if there might be a match with. Individual small group Streep in larger groups that we've worked with fifty plus. Name mentioned with your. The winner fund raiser who are in kind donations were kind of in kind donations to look for is still. Specifically around the holiday time we tend to get a lot of gifts opt for the holidays. That we might be able to give out too. Children dailies that to happen might not be able to affords you know those tax holiday gifts but we also are able to bring and gains and sports equipment and arts and crafts and journals and on fun hair and make up supplies that bill our kids love love those types of and gets actionable. Is some of the gains since never therapeutic programs. Our academy and residential program use tons of art supplies as the incorporate got as a part of our therapeutic tool. That we also will see him much of backpack drives around the beginning of the school year. So those are all welcome and we can always find a match for something. Around holiday time another need that we see is. Feud on gift baskets of food gift cards to. Of fines or Ralph certain costs go on Wal-Mart. Target that can help a feeling it's really is not only struggling with some mental health challenges that also financially struggling. And during the holiday time is you can get pretty content can get pretty expensive and the pretty overwhelming especially. Quite disappointing if you if you are able to do something special for your. Kids during the holiday we we wanna provide the same advantages that a lot of other humans might have access to during holidays but to be taking kind donations that throughout the year absolutely yes and yes. And we just about out of time more assists. If somebody's listening this morning that it might think their child is is having some VH behavioral problems. What's your advice. I would say that if if you have any questions and concerns. Don't delay. All the data is very very clear all the research is very clear. That the earlier a prom can be identified and you know here's the intervention can be put in plays the better of the outcomes going to be. So would encourage parents are encroach communities family members teachers. But when they observe what they see our behaviors of concern this year things being articulated their child. Well or are you thinking that their life is now we're leaving doubt there are hopes that that there were drawn to they feel about the don't have a future. To take them very seriously and to really have reached out and six of health. You've they don't know where to start we encourage them to go to our web site www. Center for children dot work they're gonna get a lot of information there in terms of also what to look for and then. Fox is to a range of options and resources. That'll help them hopefully get to match what they need to. How to do they have any questions we encourage them to call us because the sooner. Again intervention can begin to better the chances of it working I'm having a lasting effect. And and Alison if somebody wants to. Make a donation to that help you with tear your mission can do than your website absolutely welcome and appreciate got to WWW center for children dot org there's it donate button from home page. More information about our programs and what that gift would help support as well as other opportunities to and two throughout the here and argue and social media absolutely we are on FaceBook Twitter that Linkedin. Can't think of you and you know what we do not quite active on social media. Phase that is helping amnesty engaged audience welcome people to find this on any of those and all those links are on the what's it as well in the industry as a grass it's a grand is that when I'm not the millennial hid that fact that at the other end is. Right. More assists and Allison of tennis is seen both of you again have you on the show again. And thanks for all you do at San Diego center for children. It's great service since greatly appreciate it appreciate that thank you so very much good to see you can. That includes another edition of living better and San Diego the opinions expressed a living veteran San Diego do not necessarily. Reflect the opinions and views of the staff and management. A Vienna comes San Diego radio stations episodes of living in San Diego are available on the station's website. Join me next week when my guess will be if from big Brothers big sisters of San Diego County. Until then I'm Gary late have a great week.