Project Achieve addresses the complex challenges of families with children diagnosed with mental illness and developmental disability. Treatment includes a two-hour after-school program for the child that focuses on counseling to develop coping skills, cognitive therapy to enhance situational awareness and behavioral management to improve a patient’s interpersonal interactions. Case management services link families to the community resources specifically designed for these special-needs children.
Helping Multiple Needs Youth
Project Achieve is an AltaPointe intensive outreach program for multiple needs youth between the ages of 6 and 17. Only children and adolescents dually diagnosed with mental illness and borderline intellectual functioning are eligible. Participants will have an approximate IQ between 50 to 85.
The program’s team leader is a master’s level therapist and a licensed professional counselor. She also is an board-certified dance/movement therapist, the first professional to earn this credential in the State of Alabama. Other staff members include two bachelor’s level mental health professionals who serve as program case managers.
All youth referred to Project Achieve must have an open health record at AltaPointe Health Systems.
Project Achieve focuses on problem resolution, symptom reduction, stabilization and prevention of placement in a higher level of care. Treatment includes a two-hour, after-school program and outreach family intervention. It serves 15 children and/or adolescents and their families every six months. AltaPointe provides case management services for one year after completion of the program. The program also provides family “wrap-around” services.
Other Project Achieve services:
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Case Management
- Group Therapy
- Dance/Movement Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Basic Living Skills Training
- Drug & Alcohol Education
- Linkage to Academic Assistance
- Anger Management Therapy
- Parent Support & Education
- Limited Transportation
AltaPointe operates Project Achieve in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Department of Youth Services and the Mobile County Public School System.