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Aurora Mental Health Center Child, Youth and Family programsAurora Mental Health Center knows that the right guidance early in life can help a child or teen grow into a healthy, stable adult. We also know that providing families with the support and education they need to foster positive learning and development for their child will allow the entire family to live balanced and rewarding lives.

Our specialized programs help children, teens, and their families cope with the challenges of mental illness and emotional disturbances. Our expert treatment teams provide assessments, individual, family, and group therapy, and medication evaluation and management. We also work closely with schools, social services, and other caregivers to ensure that young people receive the care they need to overcome obstacles that affect their ability to learn and thrive in life.

In addition to the services described below, most of our programs offer parenting education, family support, and other wellness groups and services. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please call 303.617.2300.

A range of services offered for children birth to age six with emotional or behavioral difficulties and their families. Our therapists work closely with parents and caregivers to provide the support essential for early childhood development.

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Provides individual, group, and family therapy to children ages and their families, as well as psychological testing and medication services.

We also offer programs specific to children and their mental health, providing help for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems.

Intensive therapy services for families with children ages 6 to 12 who may be involved with multiple systems and need frequent services and support.

  • Intensive In-Home Family Therapy Services: Aurora Mental Health Center offers intensive home based family therapy for clients in our catchment area. Our in home team can provide home and community based family therapy services for clients with mental health conditions for whom a lower level of care has not been effective. The team is comprised of therapists and behavior coaches who will provide services to a family at least two times per week in the client’s home or community. Our team utilizes a Trauma Systems Therapy approach, which is an evidence based model that explores the impact of trauma on behavior in an effort to reduce behavioral outbursts, hospitalizations or other parent child conflicts. The model provides individual and family therapy, psychoeducation, behavior coaching, case management and coordination of care.

Metro Children’s Center (MCC) is a therapeutic day treatment school. MCC serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The children that MCC  serves are in need of mental health services and special education services. Our staff are trained to help children that have suffered trauma maintain and thrive in their school and home environments. The average length of stay is 12 months. During that time, the children receive individual, family and group therapy; as well as special education services to enhance their educational needs. The mission of MCC is “Through a safe, therapeutic and academic learning environment, we create a culture of caring that builds on the strengths of our students and their families, by believing children do well if they can.”

Intercept Center is a collaborative program between the Aurora Mental Health Center and Aurora Public Schools that exclusively serves children who have a developmental disability in addition to a diagnosable mental health condition. Intercept Center’s outpatient services include family, individual and group therapy, medication management services, and case management services. Intercept’s outpatient services are specialized and adapted for youth who qualify for developmental disability services and who are between the ages of 6 years and 21 years of age. Intercept’s day treatment program is a therapeutic alternative school within the Aurora Public School District that serves dually diagnosed children between the ages of 10 and 15 years of age. Referrals and admissions to the day treatment program are managed by APS Exceptional Student Services. Intercept is an internationally recognized model program whose staff also provide training to mental health professionals on adapting treatment for dually diagnosed youth.

Hampden Academy is a day treatment program that was founded in 1980 and has worked to empower adolescents between the ages of 13-18 and their families, by offering a structured educational and therapeutic program. We serve students who are dealing with significant social and emotional issues which may be interfering with their ability to be successful in school, at home, or in their communities. Our students have been diagnosed with a mental illness and the majority have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from their school district. While at Hampden, students participate in academic classes, therapeutic counseling services (individual and family), and daily therapeutic group work.

  • The Aurora Mental Health school-based program includes two teams: School-based North and School-based South. These teams provide comprehensive mental health treatment for school-age children in elementary, middle, and high school settings in Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District in addition to three APS school-based primary care centers affiliated with Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, a non-profit GED program, a charter school, the Community College of Aurora, and two school districts outside of Aurora (Bennett and Byers. Services include intake evaluations, individual, group, and family psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation and case management. The youth served have a range of presenting problems; however many children have a significant trauma history. There is often a high concentration of Spanish-speaking families in the School-based North program. Our school-based therapists provide individual, group, and family therapy. In addition, our therapists work in conjunction with the teachers and school staff to provide the best-integrated care possible to children and their families. The goal of the integrated counseling is to improve a child’s attendance, concentration, behavior, and social skills. To build even a stronger bond, families work with our therapists to improve family communications, anger and stress management, coping skills, parenting strategies, and self-esteem. We offer a variety of treatment options including Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A), and more. We work closely with the outpatient teams and the Trauma Resilience Youth Program.Download the School-Based Services Brochure

Aurora Youth Options (AYO) works with Aurora middle- and high school-aged youth and their families to navigate, connect, and provide positive individualized resources for success, including homework help and personalized tutoring.

Most importantly, AYO provides young people with opportunities to enhance their unique abilities and talents through mentorship. Adult volunteers are matched with young people based on mutual interest and personality traits. These mentors serve as teachers, advocates, and positive role models while developing friendships with participants.

For more information on this program, click here.

Download the AYO Brochure

  • Integrated Care: The integrated care division at AuMHC seeks to meet the behavioral health, health promotion and wellness needs of the Aurora community. It does this through a variety of ways, including integrating AuMHC behavioral health providers in our community partners’ primary care centers who work as a part of multidisciplinary teams to screen, assess, provide brief interventions for and triage behavioral health needs that are better served in higher levels of care; operating 2 bidirectional integrated care centers through partnership with Metro Community Provider Network: the Chambers Hope Health and Wellness Clinic, and the Colorado Refugee Wellness Center, both of which provide support for behavioral health conditions as well as health promotion, wellness groups and behavioral medicine options to improve chronic disease management and comprehensive care coordination and health navigation services; and finally opportunities to exercise in an onsite no cost to clients fitness center with a certified personal trainer to improve fitness, confidence, and mental health symptoms.
  • Trauma Resilience Youth Program: The Trauma Resilience Youth Program (TRYP) in partnership with National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a program that focuses on children of refugee and immigrant families who have resettled in Aurora and the neighboring areas. TRYP specifically delivers culturally informed trauma screenings and treatment (individual, family, and group therapy; and wellness groups) to these children and their families in various settings (e.g. schools, outpatient centers, integrated primary care cl). In addition to therapists, TRYP’s staff includes Health Navigator Case Managers who provide culturally and linguistically appropriate interpretation and case management services to the different refugee and immigrant communities.





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