Children/TAY/Peer (Adult) Mentoring Programs

Mental Health Association (MHA) – Project Together Mentor Program

Serving: Children & Transitional Youth, Age 5 to 25, and their parents/guardians
Facility: County Contractor
Region: Countywide
Address: 790 Town & Country Road, Bldg. E, Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (714) 836-0355     Fax: (714) 836-0356
Web Address: www.mhaoc.org   
Eligibility: School age youth 5 to15 years of age, Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 16-25 years of age, and client’s parent/guardian who are currently receiving mental health treatment services from the County of Orange Health Care Agency CYBH County-operated County-contracted program.
Language(s): English, Spanish, Vietnamese (bilingual volunteer mentors also provide services in Spanish, Farsi, Korean, Tagalog, and Mandarin)
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Mentoring activities also occur after school and on the weekends, whenever it is convenient for the youth and the youth’s family

Program Description:  The Mental Health Association-Project Together Mentor Program (MHA-PT) provides mentoring services for serious emotional disturbance (SED) children and youth and seriously mentally ill (SMI) transitional age youth who are receiving mental health treatment services through the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Children and Youth Behavioral Health (CYBH) operated or contracted programs. MHA-PT incorporates mentoring “best practices” as defined by the California Mentor Partnership into all aspects of the mentoring programs, and mentor services are initiated by the clinician of a child’s/teen’s CYBH County-operated or -Contract agency. All mentors are matched based on shared cultural and linguistic needs of the children, youth and families, and the clinician determines when a child/teen or parent/guardian will benefit from a mentor. Once a match becomes mutually agreeable to all parties involved, the clinician supports the mentor-mentee relationship, meets and advises the mentor on a regular basis during the child’s/teen’s process of forming a trusting, nurturing and one-to-one relationship.