Our Other Outreach Programs
Child & Family Crisis Clinician
This service is funded by The Division of Mental Health to make outreach mental health services accessible in the community. This service may prevent an unnecessary hospital visit for a child or adolescent and provide assistance to the family in finding what services are needed and appropriate. The clinician provides crisis outreach services to Union County children/ adolescents and their families. Assessments, recommendations, and referral services are available regarding mental health issues and can be scheduled in a community setting.
Mental Health issues may include children and adolescents who are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, or anger due to family, school or peer situations. Changes in their behavior may include aggression, suicidal ideation or homicidal behavior.
Off-Site Addiction Specialists in DCP&P District Offices
A licensed CADC Trinitas staff member works in the Plainfield, Cranford and Elizabeth offices. The Trinitas staff conducts home visits and screens youth identified by DYFS caseworkers for addiction problems, links the youth and their families to needed programs and helps to successfully engage and retain them in service planning educational activities on the weekends to further promote a drug-free environment for the children.
Traumatic Loss Coalition For Youth
Under a contract with UMDNJ, Trinitas coordinates the Union County Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth, part of a statewide network offering collaboration and support to professionals working with school-age youth. The Coalition’s mission is two-fold: excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses due to suicide, homicide, accident and illness. This is accomplished through conferences, training, consultation, and technical assistance. The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth from a variety of disciplines and programs have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, traumatic grief, and resiliency enhancement. There is also a Lead Response Team (LRT) to assist schools when needed following a traumatic loss event.
Meetings throughout the year bring together school personnel, mental health clinicians, juvenile justice personnel, law enforcement officials, social service agencies, child welfare workers and many others who work closely with youth. The meetings are effective forums for reviewing traumatic loss events, identifying service needs, and providing professional development through the inclusion of an educational component. Speakers for the educational component are experts in topics related to the needs of youth.