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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
The Optimist Community Mental Health Outpatient Program provides therapy and psychiatric care to children and youth who are living with their families or in foster homes. Individual therapy is used to treat the effects of trauma, problems in social relationships, and/or family problems affecting the client’s emotional well-being.
 
The role of parents as partners in the treatment process is
highly emphasized in the client’s mental health program.
Parents are included in the development of the treatment
plan, in family therapy sessions whenever possible, and in
collateral sessions to focus on their role as parents.  
Community Mental Health clinics are located in Los Angeles,
Woodland Hills and Palmdale.

Optimist also has staff at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall who
offer mental health services to incarcerated youth and
recently added substance abuse counseling to this location,
as well.
 

For more information, please contact

Mary Ellen T. Braaten, MS, LMFT MFC 
Email
: mbraaten@oyhfs.org

Optimist Youth Homes
& Family Services

6957 N. Figueroa St. Box 41-1076 Los Angeles, CA 90041-1076
Telephone: (323) 443-3175
www.OYHFS.org

Website management:
Email:rmartinez@oyhfs.org
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