The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a certified Core Service Agency (CSA) through the Department of Behavioral Health to provide mental health rehabilitation services to youth. Services are provided in English and/or Spanish. LAYC is also certified as a Specialty Provider to provide Community Based Intervention (CBI) to youth in the District of Columbia.

The program provides outpatient mental health treatment. Services integrate the strengths of each individual and family relationships, respond to individual cultural differences, and incorporate each individual’s needs into treatment plans.

Types of Treatment

LAYC’s Treatment Team uses various approaches. This includes the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), including medication management, and other rehabilitation services. The TF-CBT approach is a systematic treatment approach grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is developed for children/youth that have experienced trauma and are exhibiting symptoms that may have a profound and long-lasting negative impact on their daily functioning, health, and safety. CBI Services are time-limited, intensive mental health services delivered to youth who have a history of involvement with Child Protective Services or Juvenile Court, a history of negative involvement with schools due to behavioral issues, or are at risk of out-of-home placement due to negative behavior or emotional challenges.

Who is Eligible?

  • Youth between the ages 12 to 21
  • Residents of the District of Columbia
  • Youth experiencing emotional, psychological or behavioral problems

Services

  • Assessment;
  • Individual, group, and family counseling;
  • Community Based Intervention;
  • Crisis intervention;
  • Psychiatric evaluations, medication management;
  • Community support;
  • Referrals.
Location

Washington, DC: 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Contact

Rocio Rosa, Admission Coordinator/Community Support Specialist, rocio@layc-dc.org, (202) 319-2229.