Community Mental Health Services

Community Mental Health Services meet the needs of children and families where they are most comfortable. Our team of therapists and case managers create a collaborative approach between the client, the family and the professional staff.

Programs include:

  • Support at 22 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Out-Patient Community Mental Health Services
  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services
  • Juvenile Hall and the Juvenile Justice Program
  • Gang Intervention and Prevention Programs


  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services

In a departure from a typical youth counseling program, Aviva’s Therapeutic Behavioral Services places trained staff, known as coaches, in a one-on-one relationship with the youth – at home, in school or wherever needed.

This direct, hands-on method allows the staff to see and manage, in a positive and non-reproaching manner, the behaviors identified as needing improvement. At the same time, it enables the teen to gain experience in responding more positively to situations that create conflict in daily living.

These short-term, highly focused therapies help teens work on specific behaviors that put them at risk.

  • Gang Intervention and Prevention Program

Aviva’s Gang Intervention and Prevention Programs are designed to empower youth improve their academic performance, school attendance and increase their school involvement as they develop responsible and competent behavior at home, school and in the community.

Through the parent support services, Aviva staff promotes parenting practices by increasing communication and partnership with the youth’s teachers, youth counselors and other school officials. As a result of this approach, the family’s communications and bonds are strengthened.

In after-care interviews with clients’ families, 83 percent reported an improvement in their child’s behavior and family’s lives.


Norma story
Norma F., whose family benefited from Aviva support

The court appointed my family to work with Aviva – all five of us: my two sons, my daughter, my husband and me. The experience was really great. Aviva provided us with emotional, therapeutic and even economic support. Communication in our family has improved dramatically.

Now, we make decisions as a family. We play together, have daily conversations about our days and even look forward to weekend outings. My whole family is so much closer. I know as my children grow, they know that there is help if they need it and they will be able to help others, too.