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Catholic Charities Young Learners Program

Catholic Charities' Young Learners Program (YLP) is an Intensive Outpatient Day Treatment program that provides mental health programming for young children ages 3-6 years. A combination of group, family and individual therapeutic programming are provided based on the child and family's identified needs.  These services are aimed to help the child function effectively at home, school and in the community, as well as address parenting and relationship needs within the family.

The YLP provides services to children and families throughout the St. Cloud area and Central MN (including but not limited to: Milaca, Princeton, Buffalo, Foley, Melrose, Little Falls, Randall, Rice). 
The Young Learners Program (YLP) assists children 3-6 years of age in St. Cloud and the surrounding area who meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis.  Appropriate referrals to the YLP should include a history of significant social, emotional or behavioral concerns that adversely impacts the child's ability to function at home, school or within the community. Referrals to the YLP can be made by the child’s School District, parent, medical provider and community-based mental health providers.  A child does not have to be on an IEP or receiving special education services to qualify for day treatment programming.   
 
Children can have an existing mental health diagnosis, but it is not required.  A formal Diagnostic Assessment (DA) will be completed by YLP Clinical staff to determine the child’s need for programming and services*. (*A diagnosis of a mental health disorder does not guarantee the child’s placement in day treatment programming.)  The determination of “need” is based on medical necessity and the child’s abilities. Family participation is also required. 

The YLP is an insurance-based mental health program.  Therefore, this placement must be supported by the child's insurance provider.  A majority of insurance plans recognize and pay for these services if indicated as a need by medical necessity. 
Family involvement is required as part of the Young Learners Program (YLP). Parents and staff develop goals together with the focus on skills and strategies to improve the child’s functioning and daily interactions at home, school and in the community. 

Consistent attendance is critical to the child's long-term success, and is required by insurance.  The child must attend daily programming, and arrive on-time. YLP staff will work closely with parents to address attendance issues, as consistent attendance is required for a child to continue in programming.     
 
Family skills and/or therapy are based on the child and family's identified needs.  In most cases, weekly family therapy or skills is recommended, though a minimal of twice month family services in required.  These services can be provided by YLP staff or another agreed upon mental health provider.  Depending on the child and family’s needs, location of the family, and insurance coverage, sessions may be held on-site at the YLP, in the home, or at another agreed upon location. 
 
The family may be asked to transport their child on days when school is not in session, as transportation is typically not provided by their home school district on non-school days. However, most insurances will also support and cover Medical Transportation to get their child safely to and from day treatment programming.  The family or Medical Transportation may also need to provide transportation to and from individual skills/or therapy sessions. 

Parents (or another approved Emergency Contact) may also be required to pick up their child on days when they are not safe to ride school or medical transportation. 

Parents/caregivers are asked to administer medication daily as directed by their psychiatrist/medical provider, which will help increase their child's overall safety and regulation.   

The family is required to participate in ongoing mental health reviews as part of the child’s day treatment programming.  An Intake Meeting will be held before the child starts programming, at which time the ITP will be reviewed.  An Initial Assessment meeting is held approximately 30 days from the child's start date, and Quarterly Review meetings will occur every 90 days for the duration of the child's placement. 
The Young Learners Program (YLP) is an insurance-based mental health program for children ages 3-6 years.  A majority of medical insurance plans recognize and pay for these services if indicated as a "need" by medical necessity.

A Diagnostic Assessment (DA) is required to determine the appropriateness of programming, as well as the child’s abilities and needs.  The assessment will be completed by YLP Clinical Staff and will be billed to the child’s insurance or another identified funding source with written consent.  (Please note, completion of the DA does not guarantee placement.)

A typical YLP placement is one year, though the actual placement length depends on the child's needs and attendance, family participation, and insurance authorization. 
The Young Learners Program (YLP) operates year 'round. Services are open to children and families throughout Central Minnesota. The YLP program day consist of 3 hours of mental health services from 8:15-11:15 am, Monday through Friday.  During the regular school year, the child would be picked up by their home school district and brought to school following day treatment programming.  
 
In addition to 3 hours of group mental health services (combination of group therapy and skills), a variety of other services may be offered. These services include: family therapy and/or family skills training and development, individual therapy, and individual skills training and development.  Individual skills training may also be provided by YLP staff to assist with emotional and behavioral regulation, as well as positive social behaviors, while at home and daycare.  All services provided are based on the child's demonstrated need, parent approval and insurance authorization.  

Large motor activities are also offered in the program's outdoor play area, indoor gymnasium, and indoor motor/sensory area.

With written consent, YLP staff also collaborate with other service providers working with the child and family.  Staff can providing Weekly Progress Reports, as well as participate in formal meetings and consultation.  
With parent written consent, the YLP can provide Weekly Progress Reports to school staff regarding the child's current functioning (including progress and ongoing areas of need).  YLP staff will notify school personnel ASAP, but within 15 days, of a child's referral to the YLP.  School staff can also be invited to attend the child's Intake and all follow-up mental health meetings, including the Initial Assessment (30 day Review) and Quarterly Reviews (occur every 3 months).   YLP staff can also attend school meetings (or participate via conference call), as their schedules allow.  YLP staff will want to collaborate with school staff to work together and effectively address the child's ongoing areas of need.    
Young Learners Program (YLP) activities include:
  • Individual and group therapy/skills
  • Play-based treatment modalities
  • Structured social activities
  • Art activities
  • Recreational activities
  • Breakfast or Lunch, and snacks
  • Music activities- songs and use of instruments
  • Physical activities- indoor motor/sensory area, outdoor play area and indoor gymnasium
  • Regulation skills and activities
  • Developmentally appropriate daily living skills, including health and hygiene curriculum
  • Fine motor activities
  • Sensory activities
  • Diversity curriculum
  • The Young Learners Program (YLP) assists children 3-6 years of age in St. Cloud and the surrounding area who meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis.  Appropriate referrals to the YLP should include a history of significant social, emotional or behavioral concerns that adversely impacts the child's ability to function at home, school or within the community. Referrals to the YLP can be made by the child’s School District, parent, medical provider and community-based mental health providers.  A child does not have to be on an IEP or receiving special education services to qualify for day treatment programming.   
     
    Children can have an existing mental health diagnosis, but it is not required.  A formal Diagnostic Assessment (DA) will be completed by YLP Clinical staff to determine the child’s need for programming and services*. (*A diagnosis of a mental health disorder does not guarantee the child’s placement in day treatment programming.)  The determination of “need” is based on medical necessity and the child’s abilities. Family participation is also required. 

    The YLP is an insurance-based mental health program.  Therefore, this placement must be supported by the child's insurance provider.  A majority of insurance plans recognize and pay for these services if indicated as a need by medical necessity. 
  • Family involvement is required as part of the Young Learners Program (YLP). Parents and staff develop goals together with the focus on skills and strategies to improve the child’s functioning and daily interactions at home, school and in the community. 

    Consistent attendance is critical to the child's long-term success, and is required by insurance.  The child must attend daily programming, and arrive on-time. YLP staff will work closely with parents to address attendance issues, as consistent attendance is required for a child to continue in programming.     
     
    Family skills and/or therapy are based on the child and family's identified needs.  In most cases, weekly family therapy or skills is recommended, though a minimal of twice month family services in required.  These services can be provided by YLP staff or another agreed upon mental health provider.  Depending on the child and family’s needs, location of the family, and insurance coverage, sessions may be held on-site at the YLP, in the home, or at another agreed upon location. 
     
    The family may be asked to transport their child on days when school is not in session, as transportation is typically not provided by their home school district on non-school days. However, most insurances will also support and cover Medical Transportation to get their child safely to and from day treatment programming.  The family or Medical Transportation may also need to provide transportation to and from individual skills/or therapy sessions. 

    Parents (or another approved Emergency Contact) may also be required to pick up their child on days when they are not safe to ride school or medical transportation. 

    Parents/caregivers are asked to administer medication daily as directed by their psychiatrist/medical provider, which will help increase their child's overall safety and regulation.   

    The family is required to participate in ongoing mental health reviews as part of the child’s day treatment programming.  An Intake Meeting will be held before the child starts programming, at which time the ITP will be reviewed.  An Initial Assessment meeting is held approximately 30 days from the child's start date, and Quarterly Review meetings will occur every 90 days for the duration of the child's placement. 
  • The Young Learners Program (YLP) is an insurance-based mental health program for children ages 3-6 years.  A majority of medical insurance plans recognize and pay for these services if indicated as a "need" by medical necessity.

    A Diagnostic Assessment (DA) is required to determine the appropriateness of programming, as well as the child’s abilities and needs.  The assessment will be completed by YLP Clinical Staff and will be billed to the child’s insurance or another identified funding source with written consent.  (Please note, completion of the DA does not guarantee placement.)

    A typical YLP placement is one year, though the actual placement length depends on the child's needs and attendance, family participation, and insurance authorization. 
  • The Young Learners Program (YLP) operates year 'round. Services are open to children and families throughout Central Minnesota. The YLP program day consist of 3 hours of mental health services from 8:15-11:15 am, Monday through Friday.  During the regular school year, the child would be picked up by their home school district and brought to school following day treatment programming.  
     
    In addition to 3 hours of group mental health services (combination of group therapy and skills), a variety of other services may be offered. These services include: family therapy and/or family skills training and development, individual therapy, and individual skills training and development.  Individual skills training may also be provided by YLP staff to assist with emotional and behavioral regulation, as well as positive social behaviors, while at home and daycare.  All services provided are based on the child's demonstrated need, parent approval and insurance authorization.  

    Large motor activities are also offered in the program's outdoor play area, indoor gymnasium, and indoor motor/sensory area.

    With written consent, YLP staff also collaborate with other service providers working with the child and family.  Staff can providing Weekly Progress Reports, as well as participate in formal meetings and consultation.  
  • With parent written consent, the YLP can provide Weekly Progress Reports to school staff regarding the child's current functioning (including progress and ongoing areas of need).  YLP staff will notify school personnel ASAP, but within 15 days, of a child's referral to the YLP.  School staff can also be invited to attend the child's Intake and all follow-up mental health meetings, including the Initial Assessment (30 day Review) and Quarterly Reviews (occur every 3 months).   YLP staff can also attend school meetings (or participate via conference call), as their schedules allow.  YLP staff will want to collaborate with school staff to work together and effectively address the child's ongoing areas of need.    
  • Young Learners Program (YLP) activities include:
    • Individual and group therapy/skills
    • Play-based treatment modalities
    • Structured social activities
    • Art activities
    • Recreational activities
    • Breakfast or Lunch, and snacks
    • Music activities- songs and use of instruments
    • Physical activities- indoor motor/sensory area, outdoor play area and indoor gymnasium
    • Regulation skills and activities
    • Developmentally appropriate daily living skills, including health and hygiene curriculum
    • Fine motor activities
    • Sensory activities
    • Diversity curriculum