A program for children, adolescents and families funded through the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority

Specialized Services for Youth is a program for families with a child or adolescent, ages 6-17, suffering from emotional, behavioral and/or psychological stress.        

The program is designed for families with a child or adolescent who has been experiencing concerns about behavioral and emotional issues for an extended period of time. These can include:

  • Depression
  • Oppositional behavior and conduct problems (lying, fighting, breaking rules)
  • Trouble getting along with peers, including bullying or being bullied
  • Difficulty concentrating, including ADHD/ADD
  • Worry and anxiety
  • Developmental delays
  • Educational difficulties
  • Schizophrenia

Families may be experiencing any of the following: Multiple stressors, history of abuse or neglect, youth or family substance abuse, lack of stable support systems or family violence.

Services are funded through Medicaid, MI Child and State funding for youth who meet eligibility criteria but do not have Medicaid insurance.


  • An initial screening must be done at Common Ground  
  • Common Ground will determine eligibility and make referrals to approved providers.


  • Individualized services based on need and Person and Family Centered Planning
  • Services aimed at family and parent empowerment
  • Services aimed at helping youth achieve their goals and improve their lives at home, school and with friends

Services offered are based on assessments and Person Centered Planning: Services may include:

Individual Counseling:  With a focus on the youth, working on their strengths. Includes mental health and substance abuse counseling.

Family Counseling:  Working with the family to develop skills and to support parenting a youth with multiple needs.

Group Counseling:  Specific topics of interest to families are discussed. Families get the support of other families with similar experiences, and new skills are learned.

Case Management:  Case managers advocate for and link families to services they need including education, housing, and other social needs. 

In-home Services:  Provide additional support for families and youth with more intensive services offered in the home.

Peer Support and Parent Empowerment: Caregivers learn new techniques from other parents.

Respite:  Support for the parent or primary caregiver on a short-term basis.

Psychiatric Services:  Evaluations and reviews that would look at the least restrictive environment first.

24/7 access to program staff


For more information about Specialized Services for Youth, please call (248) 858-7766.


Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, Specialized Services for Youth clients will now have access to the first standard consent form (DCH-3927) for the sharing of health information specific to behavioral health and substance use treatment information in accordance with Public Act 129 of 2014. These forms facilitate sharing among a client's multiple health care providers. For more information, contact your assigned case worker.