Throughout the past two decades, LAYC’s Behavioral Health Treatment Team has provided Mental Health Treatment and rehabilitative services as well as Substance Use Disorder Treatment to youth 12 to 21. LAYC is a certified Core Services Agency with the DC Department of Behavioral Health for the provision of Level I mental health and outpatient treatment for substance use disorders. In 2015, LAYC became a certified provider of Community Based Intervention Services.
Our Vision: Healthy and resilient youth and families.
Our Mission: Enhance the quality of life of youth and families by engaging, teaching positive coping, encouraging self-expression and empowering to manage future challenges.
Our Philosophy: All individuals have a unique set of attributes. Our job is to assist them in identifying and enhancing them.
Our Partners: We receive referrals from a number of local organizations including public schools, public charter schools, community based organizations, and DC Family Court Social Services Division.
- Intake: The intake procedure provides information to evaluate youth’s eligibility and needs and to determine an initial treatment plan.
- Orientation: The counselor will explain the program goals as well as the scope of the interventions. Youth will review and sign orientation packet.
- Assessment: Counselor will administer the GAIN I assessment for Substance Use Disorders services or a diagnostic assessment for Mental Health Treatment.
- Treatment Planning: Counselor and youth will meet to develop his/her treatment plan related to youth’s needs.
- Counseling: youth will attend weekly individual and group counseling sessions for up to four months. Family counseling sessions will be offered as needed.
- Urinalysis: youth participating in Substance Use Disorders Treatment undergo monthly urinalysis.
- Case Management: linkage, advocacy and skill building will be provided in accordance to the treatment plan.
LAYC is proud to have a talented, committed, and dedicated cadre of professionals.
Elizabeth C. Mohler, LICSW, LCSW-C
Social Services Director
Elizabeth is the Social Services Director. Prior to joining LAYC, Elizabeth was a Senior Supervisory Social Worker at Foundations for Home and Community where she led a unit of social workers and family support workers, serving clients in the therapeutic foster care program. She has worked with multicultural populations in Washington, DC and in Los Angeles, CA as the Program Coordinator of the Child and Family Mental Health Program at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health. Elizabeth has extensive history working with trauma survivors, including soldiers in the Warrior Transition Unit of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She served as the Treasurer and Member-At-Large of Board of Directors of the DC-Metro Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She received her Masters of Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
Dora Guevara, CAC I
Certified Addictions Counselor
Dora is originally from Lima, Peru and joined LAYC in December 1999. Dora graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catholic de Lima and earned her Master Degree in Psychology from Universidad Particular San Martin de Porres. Since October 2005, Dora works as a substance use disorder counselor. As part of her job, Dora administers the GAIN-I Assessment and provides individual, family and group counseling sessions to youth and their families as needed. Dora is very involved with youth and their families trying to support, assist, teach, encourage, motivate for changes. Dora enjoys her job, for that reason she is working in this facility for the past 16 years.
Jessica Rice, LICSW, LCSW-C
Mental Health Counselor
Jessica joined LAYC in February 2011. Since then she has provided services in different capacities. Jessica received her BA in Psychology and Spanish from Bucknell University and her Masters from Catholic University of America. Jessica has over six year-experience in working with multi-ethnic youth. As a mental health counselor, Jessica elaborates diagnostic assessments and individual case plans; provides crisis interventions and referrals and conducts individual and family counseling sessions.
Lorena Segovia, BA
Community Based Intervention Worker
Lorena is a Community Based Intervention Worker. She joined LAYC in March 2016. Lorena is originally from El Salvador. Lorena earned her BA in Psychology from University of Maryland. She provides intensive case management to at risk youth and their families. Lorena participates in the elaboration of safety and treatment plans, conducts educational session to enhance clients’ coping skills; contacts individuals involved in the provision of services; attends family team meetings, court hearings and advocates on behalf of the identified clients and their families.