Behavioral Health Counseling - School-Aged Treatment Services (SATS)

Behavioral Health Counseling | SATS Program (Ages 7-21)

The Desert/Mountain Children's Center (DMCC) provides individual, group, and family counseling services for children and youth ages seven to 22. The DMCC accepts Medi-Cal, IEHP, TriCare, Pacific Care, Molina, and cash on a sliding scale for services provided. The goal of the DMCC is to assist clients in developing skills to reach their full potential. Referrals may be made through the child's school, parents, physicians, and/or guardians. The DMCC provides School-Aged Treatment Services (SATS) medication support and management upon referral from treating therapist to the DMCC medical doctor. SATS are primarily at each child's school, but are also offered in the home, clinic, and community as needed. The DMCC also provides Screening, Assessment, Referral, and Treatment (SART) for children birth to six years old as well as Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS), and/or Children's Intensive Services (CIS). For more information, please contact the DMCC.



  • Complete the Referral for Behavioral Health Services form (DMCC 100A) with as much detail as possible and obtain the signatures of the parent/guardian and the school administrator.


Timeline for Assessment

Upon receipt of the completed Referral for Behavioral Health Services form (DMCC 100A), the DMCC will contact the parent/guardian by letter (up to three times) to schedule the assessment intake meeting. An intervention specialist or behavioral health counselor will be assigned to conduct the assessment. If not response from the parent/guardian is received by the third letter, the referral will be closed.


  • Forward the completed Referral for Behavioral Health Services form (DMCC 100A) to the attention of the Director of the the DMCC.


Timeline for Services

  • If services are not deemed appropriate, the referral will be closed.
  • If services are deemed appropriate, a clinician will be assigned and services will begin.
  • The DMCC provides a monthly report to the directors of special education. The report includes a list of students who are currently served by the DMCC as well as an update for each referral that is in process.

For more information, please contact our office at (760) 552-6700