Community Based Specialty Division
Five Acres’ Community Based Specialty Division offers several specialty programs including Deaf Services, Birth to Five, Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT) and services at Pasadena Mental Health Center. We focus on providing specialized, preventative and early intervention services to keep children safely in the home, facilitate family reunification, prevent the need for out-of-home placements and improve the overall quality of life for the children and families we serve.
Established in 1991, Five Acres’ Deaf Services program was the first of its kind. Today, Five Acres remains the sole provider of community-based counseling to deaf individuals in Los Angeles County.
Deeply committed to effective communication, our therapeutic services are delivered by trilingual and American Sign Language-speaking professionals who understand the unique needs, strengths, values and culture of deaf clients and families. Our therapists work directly with children, teens and their families/teachers to address issues such as depression, bullying, divorce, school tragedies and other crises. Therapy is linguistically and culturally sensitive, focused on improving relationships, reducing problematic behaviors and helping individuals express, cope with and overcome life’s stresses. Additionally, we provide consultation and referrals, parent education and client advocacy.
Birth to Five
Five Acres’ Birth to Five Program was established in 2014 and specializes in serving children ages 0 to 5. Our clinicians use evidence-based interventions to guide families through crisis to help parents deepen their parent/child relationship, improve parenting skills and decrease their child’s behavioral issues.
Early healthy attachment in the first five years of a child’s life builds a strong foundation for long-term development and well-being. By providing early intervention during times of crisis we help families reduce the risk of child maltreatment.
Multidisciplinary Assessment (MAT)
Established in 2005, Five Acres’ Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT) Program is a collaborative effort between DMH, DCFS and community providers. To swiftly link newly detained children and their families to the appropriate services and resources they need, we ensure they’re provided with timely, comprehensive and strength-based assessments. These services address the child’s educational, vocational, medical, dental, developmental, hearing/linguistic, mental health and familial support needs to minimize the trauma of detainment.
Pasadena Mental Health Center
The Pasadena Mental Health Center (PMHC) was founded in 1965 by a group of mental health professionals and concerned community members to provide accessible mental health services in and around Pasadena. In 2013, PMHC merged with Five Acres to offer individual and family therapy, case management, referral linkage and parenting or domestic violence support. Available free of charge (no Medi-Cal needed) or on a sliding scale for eligible clients, we serve clients in their homes or at our office in Pasadena. PMHC also provides a variety of internship opportunities for students.
PMHC also subleases therapeutic, furnished office space in our beautiful historic craftsman building in Pasadena. The building is equipped with a kitchenette, bathrooms, waiting room, conference room and private parking area. We require a minimum of a two hour per week commitment for a year sublease.
grace services domestic violence support
Offered as a service under the Pasadena Mental Health Center, our Grace Services program works with women and children who have been affected by emotional, physical, financial or sexual abuse. Services offered include support and empowerment groups, individual therapy and case management services to help families find support.