Mission: Touchstone behavioral health partners with youth and their families to provide evidence-based services and support to help them acquire the skills to live productive and responsible lives.
Programs: Touchstone behavioral health provides prevention and outpatient services to children, youth and families. Prevention services include teen pregnancy prevention program (tppp), safe and drug free schools and communities, drug free communities (dfc), and the touchstone community development project (tcdp). Teen pregnancy prevention program - tppp focuses on reducing teen pregnancies and other high-risk sexual behaviors of youth, ages 13-18, in the maryvale community of phoenix. Tppp implements two evidence-based program models proven effective in increasing the healthy behaviors that prevent teen pregnancy. Groups are held in schools, community centers, faith based organizations, and other community locations. Safe and drug free schools and communities - the overarching goal of this project is to effectively reduce risk factors and build protective factors related to youth substance abuse and violence and provide the basis for a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment. Touchstone behavioral health, the lead applicant, has partnered with phoenix union high school district (puhsd) to apply to the governor's safe and drug free schools and communities title iv grant program. The problem or issue to be addressed by the collaborative project is adolescent (age 14-18) and parent/caregiver substance abuse involving 'high-need' youth from puhsd. Drug free communities (dfc) - the isaac anti-drug community coalition/tbh was awarded a five-year, $125,000 per year drug free communities support program 2010 grant by the white house office of national drug control policy (ondcp) and the substance abuse and mental health services administration (samhsa). The coalition services the isaac community, an urban area with a population of approximately 68,000 located in phoenix. The touchstone community development project (tcdp) provides comprehensive prevention programming to address underage drinking in the maryvale community of west phoenix. Tcdp is part of the c. O. P. E. Coalition, whose mission is to develop a coalition of residents, businesses and community institutions to create an environment free of drugs for maryvale youth. Treatment services include outpatient treatment and evidenced-based programs. Outpatient treatment services encompass home, school and office-based services as well as an out of home program for those unique times when a child's needs require treatment outside of the home. Therapists can make visits to homes, schools or group homes if needed. Touchstone also has three office locations for the convenience of our clients. All three offices have psychiatrists available to schedule appointments for such needs as psychiatric medication monitoring and psychiatric evaluations. Sessions with our experienced therapists for individual counseling, family counseling, or support groups are also available at all three locations. Touchstone also offers a wide array of therapeutic, psycho-educational, and support groups for children and their families. Groups included emotional management/social skills, rational emotive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy skills, love and logic, attachment/trauma education/support, family connections, fathers' engagement group, and magic 123 parenting group. All therapeutic and psycho-educational groups are research based and run by masters level clinicians. Evidence-based programs - touchstone behavioral health is the premier provider of evidence-based programs in the southwest. As the only agency in arizona to implement multiple blueprints model programs and promising programs, touchstone behavioral health provides positive family strengthening resources to youth-at-risk and in-need. Touchstone's evidence-based programs provide families strategies to become more effective with their challenging adolescents and encourage the families' success for the long-term. Brief strategic family therapy (bsft) has been shown to reduce drug use in adolescents and can be effective in dealing with other problematic behaviors in teens. Bsft has been implemented as a prevention, early intervention and intervention strategy for delinquent and substance-abusing youth. Functional family therapy (fft) is an outcome-driven prevention/intervention program for youth who have demonstrated the entire range of maladaptive and acting out behaviors. Fft is a short term intervention and targets youth ages 11 to 18 and their younger siblings. Multisystemic therapy has been proven to be effective in treating youth with serious acting out behaviors. The major goal of mst is to empower parents with the skills and resources needed to independently address the difficulties that arise in raising difficult teenagers, and to empower youth to cope with family, peer, school, and neighborhood problems. Touchstone's family-centered autism program (fcap) serves families with children on the autism spectrum. Fcap is able to diagnose and provide family support, individual and family therapy, and relationship counseling. The program also implements aba interventions, as well as connects the family to resources within their community. Fcap provides a class for parents with newly diagnosed children or parents that want to learn more about autism spectrum disorders (asd), as well as a social skills group for children and adolescents with an asd.