Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health

Since our first Behavioral Health program in York, Pennsylvania in 1996, YAP has offered families with children experiencing mental health related difficulties a community-based program of care that demonstrates a unique ability to adhere to government regulation while providing family-friendly services. 

YAP contracts with county mental health systems, Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s), and private insurers to provide both fee for service and case rate Medicaid services.

In addition to providing quality services to children and youth with various mental health challenges, YAP specializes in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, cross-system youth, and youth who have experienced trauma.


Our nation’s history with the treatment of mental health is steeped in practices that criminalized and institutionalized individuals diagnosed with mental illness; it further engaged in cruel procedures and practices, such as lobotomy, isolation, and medical and physical restraint, and more recently conversion therapy. People of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those experiencing poverty have been disproportionately harmed by the mental health system – a system intended to be protective.

As mental health services have evolved in the U.S., YAP continues to work with our systems partners to provide community-based program delivery alternatives that improve wellbeing for youth and their parents/guardians and other individuals facing behavioral health challenges, individually and as a family unit. Our services are rooted in the principles of self-determination, trauma-informed care, cultural responsiveness, wellness and recovery, and community inclusion.

YAP provides culturally responsive community-based services as an alternative to out-of-home behavioral health care. YAP contracts with mental health systems, managed care organizations and private insurers to provide both fee-for-service and case rate Medicaid reimbursed services.

Among YAP’s behavioral and mental health services are programs that specialize in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, cross-system (justice and child welfare program) youth, and individuals who have experienced trauma.

Outpatient Services

Services in our outpatient setting provide the full array of behavioral health services mentioned above with the addition of licensed psychologists and psychiatrists. Psychological and Psychiatric evaluations are conducted and detailed assessments completed. Psychiatric services also include medication management when needed.

In-Home and School-Based Services

We provide intensive individualized service to children in their homes, school and community through our Behavioral Health Services. Though each youth’s plan is different, YAP works to build upon the existing strengths of the child and family; develop the young person and family’s skills in self-managing areas of need; and connect the family to professional and informal resources in their community that provide support beyond program involvement as needed and desired by the family.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)/Day Treatment

IOP services are different from residential inpatient rehab programs and partial hospitalization programs in that treatment is generally part-time. However, the intensive outpatient program is far more comprehensive than traditional outpatient programs that only consist of a few therapy sessions. The IOP consists of numerous weekly therapy sessions at YAP's outpatient facility with experienced counselors (trained in addictions, eating disorders, etc.). These types of programs can be voluntary or imposed by a court.

YES Waiver (Youth Empowerment Services)

The YES Waiver is a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver that allows intensive community-based services to assist children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances to live in the community with their families. Services include Adaptive Aids and Supports, Community Living Supports, Family Supports, Minor Home Modifications, Respite, Transportation, Paraprofessional Services, Specialized Therapies and Transitional Services.