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Social & Mental Health Division
1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave., G-Floor
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 744-6339
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Mental Health Services

The Pasadena Public Health Department provides mental health and wraparound case management services to eligible individuals in Pasadena and the surrounding communities. With a focus on special populations, such as at-risk youth, LGBTQI2-S, seniors, and homeless, the Social and Mental Health Division is available to help meet your mental health needs. For more information on services and enrollment, please call (626) 744-6339.

Project Wraparound

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Project Wraparound is a joint collaboration between the City of Pasadena Public Health and Human Service Departments, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Project Wraparound is a mental health program designed to serve Youth (ages 0-21) and their families. Eligible Youth are those who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health symptoms that make it difficult for them to function in multiple areas of their lives (i.e. school, work, family, peer relationships) and are experiencing a barrier that prevents them from accessing services through a traditional community-based provider.

Project Wraparound provides:

  • Individual therapy
    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • System navigation
  • Specialized case management services aimed at helping families navigate the mental health system

Services are FREE and available in both English and Spanish. Project Wraparound is based at the Jackie Robinson Center (1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103), but services are also provided through Pasadena Unified School District schools and at homes throughout Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.
To connect a young person or family with services:

Contact Sandra Olivas (626) 744-7438 or solivas@cityofpasadena.net) or have party complete the Project Wraparound Referral Form and submit to Sandra Olivas, (fax) 626-744-7303

 

Mental Health First Aid

The Social and Mental Health Division is available to provide community agencies and organizations with free Youth Mental Health First Aid training. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

To schedule a training, please contact Geoff Milam, LCSW at (626) 744-7360 or gmilam@cityofpasadena.net.

Youth Advisory Board

Project Wraparound’s Youth Advisory Board, called the Pasadena Youth Project (PYP), is comprised of enthusiastic and committed young individuals, ranging in age from 9 to 21, who are role models for their community and peers.  PYP board members:

  • Advocate awareness for mental health, LGBTQI2-S, and substance abuse resources and tools to support their community
  • Build partnerships and relationships with local businesses, health service centers, schools, and other youth advisory boards to create a strong network
  • Commit to monthly meetings, social events, community service, and membership recruitment to keep PYP thriving
  • Delegate different tasks and responsibilities to officers and members of the Board, thus teaching leadership skills and work ethic
  • Educate by learning leadership and business skills, keeping up with current affairs and services provided by the community, and listening to guest speakers

If you are interested in joining PYP or for guest speaker or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Te Jay McGrath at tmcgrath@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-6325 for more information.

Senior Mental Health Services

The Social and Mental Health Division’s Healthy Aging and Wellness Program provides mental health services to eligible individuals aged 55 and over.  Available services include individual therapy, group therapy, and case management.

The Healthy Aging and Wellness Program is currently waitlist only, unless the case is determined to be urgent.  New clients will be taken starting in Fall 2017.

For more information, please contact David Raya, MSW at daraya@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-7352.