Y-Team · E M Downer Family YMCA
In September 1983, the West Contra Costa Y was approached by Contra Costa County Mental Health and Richmond (now West Contra Costa) Unified School District and presented with the opportunity to provide mental health counseling services to junior high school students in the district. The County would provide funding for a mental health counseling team that would be housed on the school campus and would provide a variety of services to "troubled" students referred by school district personnel. The program was given the name Y Team rather than label it a counseling program and because of the popular TV series at that time The A Team. The first county contract was for $53,000 and services began January 1984.
Today, the Y Team has a budget of almost $2 million and provides counseling services at 19 elementary and secondary schools in West Contra Costa Unified School District. The Y Team has six clinical supervisors, 18 staff members, and 17 interns/trainees.
Services are provided at school sites, client's homes and at our clinic.
Mental Health Counseling
Y Team provides individual and group counseling, case management, advocacy, family counseling, information and referral services, collaboration with community agencies, assessment, consultation, and crisis counseling.
School Site Health Center
Partnering with the West Contra Costa Unified School District, the Y provides coordination of health, mental health and support services at one elementary (Coronado) and four high schools (El Cerrito, Kennedy, Pinole and Greenwood) health centers.
Teen Pregnancy Parenting Education Programming
Funding provided by First 5 Contra Costa supports the Y Team's case manager and counselor who support the needs of adolescents who are pregnant or teen parents.
West Contra Costa Children's Services Collaborative
This collaborative provides wrap-around case management and mental health support to students and their families from seven schools: Kennedy and Richmond High Schools, LoVonya De Jean and Helms Middle Schools, and Ford, Lake and Verde Elementary Schools. Our collaborative partners include: West Contra Costa Unified School District, Contra Costa County Mental Health, West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, Bay Area Community Resources (BACR); Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA).