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 lobotomies, isolation, and medical and physical restraints, and more recently conversion therapy. People of color, the poor, and women with mental health challenges have been disproportionately harmed by the system intended to protect them.
While mental health services have evolved in the U.S., YAP continues to work with our systems partners to provide community-based alternatives that improve wellbeing for youth and their parents/guardians and other individuals facing mental health challenges, individually and as a family unit. These services are rooted in the principles of self-determination, trauma-informed care, cultural humility, wellness and recovery, and community inclusion.
YAP contracts with county mental health systems, managed care organizations (MCOs), and private insurers to provide both fee for service and case rate Medicaid 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 young people who have experienced trauma.