PORTLAND, Ore. (March 6, 2017) – Family intervention specialists from Youth Villages Oregon will evaluate and provide help to children who come to the emergency department with emotional and behavioral problems at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center through a new partnership between the two organizations.

“The partnership will enhance services for children struggling with serious behavioral issues,” said Andrew Grover, executive director of Youth Villages Oregon.

“We have broad expertise in children’s behavioral health and will be helping parents get the crisis stabilized and find solutions,” Grover said. “Our program is designed to help ensure each child receives appropriate, effective help that allows them to return home safely and get connected to long-term support.”

Grover expects the program to evaluate around 500 children and youth in its first year.

Youth Villages’ specialists are available 24/7 to assess children and families who come to the emergency department at the hospital. After the assessment, specialists can accompany the child and family home from the hospital to assist with safety and supervision planning. The specialist make referrals to appropriate community-based programs and work with the child and family for up to two weeks following hospital discharge to provide continued support and coordinate referrals.

The nonprofit began offering emergency diversion services in 2015, working in hospital emergency departments in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras in Central Oregon.

Youth Villages Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with emotional and behavioral health issues and their families. It is committed to providing the most effective and cost-effective programs and offers intensive in-home services to children and families, emergency department diversion for youth experiencing behavioral health emergencies, a residential treatment home for young adults in transition and YVLifeSet™ services for youth aging out of the state system to help them make a successful transition to independent adulthood. For more information, visit www.youthvillages.org/oregon.

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