Starlight Community Services

Starlight Community Services provides programs for children, adolescents and transitional age youth (TAY) who face emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges and have difficulty succeeding in family or community living environments. A dedicated and experienced staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health specialists, parent partners and other counselors provide case management, mental health care, and a range of support services in schools, homes or other community settings throughout Santa Clara County.

We provide specialized services for the Juvenile Justice population through Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Our Wraparound approach links Juvenile–Justice–involved and at–risk children and TAY directly with any services they and their families may need. Youth transitioning home from Probation Department camps and Juvenile Hall receive therapeutic and support services aimed at reducing criminal activity and re–incarceration.

Starlight Community Services provides the following range of programs and services:

  • Full Service Partnerships (FSPs) — provided through MHSA funding. Using a Wraparound approach, specific to our FSP programs, Starlight Community Services and our partner — the California Youth Outreach — provide Juvenile-Justice-involved and at-risk children and TAY, along with their families, a wide range of services and supports.

  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services — provided to qualifying youngsters who need additional guidance and support. Skilled mental health staff members work with the youngsters on a one-to-one basis, helping them avoid placement in a more restrictive, higher level of care and assisting them in transitioning to lower levels of care.

  • Evidence-based and Evidence-informed Practices
    Evidence-based Practices (EBPs) are those interventions and supports that have research documenting their effectiveness. Evidence-informed practices are also research-supported but do not yet have the body of rigorous clinical evidence that distinguishes EBPs:

    • Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) — a short-term, family systems framework that typically includes 12-15 sessions of 60-90 minutes over three months. This intervention is designed for youth 17 years of age with conduct disorders, delinquency and substance use.
    • Aggression Replacement Training (ART) — a structured, psychoeducational intervention primarily for adolescents with or are at-risk of aggressive/antisocial behavior. It includes three structured interventions — Skillstreaming, Anger Control Training and Moral Reasoning Training.
    • Transition to Independence (TIP) — an individualized, comprehensive system of care for TAY ages 14-25 with serious emotional/behavioral difficulties. This strengths-based approach is based on the SODAS problem-solving method (Situation, Opportunities, Disadvantages, Advantages, and Solutions).
    • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) — based on three empirically validated interventions that were adapted to address topics relevant to adolescents exposed to chronic trauma. Either a group or individualized intervention, SPARCS is designed for youth ages 13-21.
    • Teammates Wraparound — is an integrated, multi-agency, community based process grounded in a philosophy of persistent commitment to support families in safe and competent care for their children. Collaborative teams in our FSP programs include professional and lay staff, along with family and community representatives. Nontraditional approaches provide "whatever it takes" to help youth and their family to succeed. Wraparound includes:

      • Crisis intervention
      • Mental health services
      • Psychological and psychiatric assessments
      • Special education support, school-based programs, mentoring, and after-school and recreational services
      • Health screening and referrals
      • Independent living skills training
      • Specialized groups for youth and parents
      • Transportation and other support services

  • System of Care (SOC) Program — a comprehensive array of community-based services. Our SOC program is child-centered, family-focused, and culturally competent. Facilitating a smooth transition among agencies, our dedicated staff provides youth and adolescents individualized service planning in the least restrictive setting.

  • Aftercare Program — individual, group, and family therapy focused on supporting Juvenile-Justice-involved youth and their families. These services, which help youth who are transitioning from detention facilities to the community, are aimed at reducing criminal activity and re-incarceration.

  • Internship Program — provides Master's degree students studying to be MFTs or MSWs an opportunity to become knowledgeable and skillful in working with children and families in the Santa Clara County referral system. In close partnership with many of the Bay Area's graduate school programs, we have created a placement program that offers a wide range of clinical experience for our student interns/trainees.

Click here to learn about the Reach program.

Employee Satisfaction Survey

Each year, all staff programs complete anonymous Employee Satisfaction Surveys. The entire management team carefully reviews survey results to identify areas where we are successful in making our agency a great place to work, as well as to identify areas for improvement. By using the same survey each year, we can measure our success and focus our efforts on continually improving our work environment.

For a selection of results from a recent Employee Satisfaction Survey for Starlight Community Services, see Our Staff.


Michael Petersen, LCSW
Starlight Community Services
1885 Lundy Ave., Suite 223
San Jose, CA 95131
phone/main: (408) 284-9000 | phone/direct: (408) 284-9087 | fax: (408) 284-9048 |

Michelle Hatfield, LMFT
Regional Administrator
Starlight Community Services
7677 Oakport Street, Suite 1010
Oakland, CA, 94621
phone: (510) 746-1902 | fax: (510) 635-9715 |

Driving Directions:

1885 Lundy Ave., Suite 223, San Jose, CA 95131

From San Francisco:
Take the US-101 S.
Merge onto CA-237 E toward Alviso/Milpitas
Merge onto I-880 S toward San Jose
Merge onto Montague Expressway
Turn right onto Trade Zone Blvd
Turn right onto Lundy Ave

From Gilory:
Take CA-152
Merge onto US-101 N toward San Jose
Merge onto I-680 toward Sacramento
Exit Hostetter Rd
Turn right onto Lundy Ave

From Gilory:

Eligibility and Referral Information

Starlight Community Services are offered to Santa Clara County youth between the ages of two and 25 who have serious behavioral or emotional problems at home or at school. Santa Clara County Departments of Mental Health and Social Services, probation officers, school teachers, counselors, foster family agencies, or family members generally make referrals. Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health must give approval for treatment. Services are reimbursed through Short Doyle/Medi-Cal, JJCPA, MHSA, or other specialized funding.

TBS is available to young people from counties that contract with Starlight for the service. Youth under the age of 21 with Medi-Cal coverage who are also receiving other mental health services are eligible for TBS. Approval for treatment must be given by the child's respective County Mental Health Department.