Stars Community Services
Programs for children, adolescents, and transitional age youth in Alameda
Stars Community Services provides programs for children, adolescents, and transitional age youth (TAY) who face emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges and having difficulty succeeding in family or community living environments. Based in San Leandro, this 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 Alameda County. Our dedicated staff help youth and adolescents receive individualized service planning in the least restrictive setting.
We are still here for you. We are providing services, but in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are transitioning to telehealth services over the phone or video for some services. Please call rather than coming to our offices.
Programs & services
Transitional Age Youth Program (TAYP)
An award-winning, outcomes-backed program for youth (ages 18-25), Stars TAY Program is located in San Leandro. Based in research-based clinical practices, these targeted therapeutic, case management and community support services help young adults remain in community living, occupational, and educational settings. The program works with those who have severe and persistent mental health disabilities. The program serves youth that are exiting children’s services, receiving adult mental health services in need of age-appropriate support, and those with no mental health service history or those who have only accessed county crisis programs.
TAYP provides intensive case management, outreach and engagement, medication support, as well as, mental health counseling, peer groups, and supportive services to assist TAY transition to adult life. The goals for TAY are designed to improve personal wellness and community life functioning, care and prevention, as well as, daily living skills that promote healthy living and independence.
Stars TAY program is supported by mental health clinicians, case managers, peer mentors, and a psychiatrist, whom all collaborate for TAY treatment. The referral process is generally made by family members, county crisis programs, counselors, and foster family agencies. Clinicians may use the TAT referral form to make referral to the Transition Age Team (TAT), which meets weekly to review cases. Referrals through Alameda County Behavioral Health Services are also available.
School Success Program
The School success Program, which is funded through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program, provides supportive services and partners with students, families, school staff, and other community partners to help students succeed socially and academically. Supportive services, which take place on campus and in the community, may include:
- Individual and/or Family Therapeutic Services to focus on matters affecting school success and social or family relationships, such as trauma and transition.
- Behavioral Support to help students strengthen skills (communication, decision making, problem solving, coping) to enhance classroom and social success. This support can take place during class session, if needed.
- Groups to help students strengthen social and life skills and to help families strengthen relationships and support systems.
- Case Management to link students with community services or other additional supports related to individual and family needs.
Foster Care Youth Program
Our specialized therapeutic services are provided to youth who have experienced serious trauma and loss. Employing a strength-based, relational, and team approach, we offer a range of therapeutic and support services to foster care youth ranging in age from 3 to 21 years. Our foster care program is community based, provided to Alameda County youth placed within 90 miles of our San Leandro site. We specifically address issues relating to mental health, such as emotional disregulation, depression and anxiety, coping with trauma, improving interpersonal relationships, and identifying and utilizing healthy coping skills. We also assist with building and maintaining independent living skills, including linking to housing, and providing support for a young person’s educational and vocational goals.
Our services are trauma-informed, culturally aware, LGBT inclusive, and individualized to each client. We are also a Katie A provider and can offer Child and Family team meetings, as well as extra behavioral and emotional support for identified subclass members. To qualify for services, a youth must be a dependent of Alameda County or have been a foster youth previously, or in a family maintenance type program linked to Alameda County, as well as have active Medi-cal. Social workers, clinicians, health workers, or youth and/or their caretakers interested in our services should call our program office to discuss eligibility and the referral process at (510) 746-1188.
TAY Resource Center
Stars opened this on-site in 2010 to facilitate access to resources and supports. It includes an educational and vocational component to assist participants with school or vocational engagement upon exiting.
In-Home Outreach Teams (IHOT)
A program offered by Stars Community Services that supports young adults ages 18-24 with challenges related to untreated mental illness and/or addiction. IHOT helps young people link successfully to responsive and recovery-oriented care within our community.
Evidence-based and evidence-informed practices
Evidence-based Practices (EBPs) are those interventions and supports that have research documenting their effectiveness. Click here for information on the Evidence-based practices utilized by Stars Community Services. More…
Jeanie Lynch, MFT
STARS Community Services
400 Estudillo Ave., Ste. 100
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: (510) 924-0548
Karly Wiley, LMFT
SBHG Northern CA Regional Administrator
Stars, Starlight, and Capital Star
7677 Oakport, St., Suite 1010
Oakland, CA 94621
Office: (510) 746-1902