The explosive crisis in methamphetamine addiction and production is directly impacting children. It is producing an ever-increasing number of children needing specialized health, mental health, and educational services. Children’s Center has seen a dramatic increase in referrals for children
exposed to methamphetamine. Many of these children have symptoms of severe mood dysregulation. A child’s inability to regulate his mood often exhibits extreme irritability, hyperactivity, low tolerance of frustration and the inability to sleep. Rages and extreme temper tantrums in more than one setting, such as home and school, are also characteristic of children exposed to methamphetamine.
With a generous three-year grant from the Legacy Health System Community Health Fund received in 2006, Childrens’ Center developed a specialized program for preschoolers exposed to methamphetamine—the most vulnerable population we serve. To illustrate just how great a need there is for such a program, the following lists our successes in the second year of program operation:
- 58 children exposed to meth and 123 collateral and/or family members involved with the care of those children were provided with direct intervention and specialized training.
- None of the children have been expelled from care, either in their foster or kinship placement, or from their daily early learning environments.
- 91 community professional staff members, including social workers, nurses, pediatricians, educators, school administrative staff and parents, have received training through our outreach activities.
- As a result of our work with the preschool population, Clark County Commissioners awarded a $99,000 grant to the Children’s Center for our work with older children who are meth-affected.
We aim to always…
- Maintain the highest standards of care
- Support individual and family strengths
- Provide help at the earliest point possible
- Partner with other community providers
- Advocate and plan for the needs of children and families
We serve Clark County families from our center located at 13500 SE 7th Street in Vancouver, our Battle Ground Annex, and over 40 schools within the Battle Ground, Evergreen, La Center and Vancouver School Districts.
Fees & Insurance
Our fees may be covered by Medicaid, private insurance plans, and other public or private funding resources. We offer a sliding scale for families on limited income.
What to Expect
We believe in working closely with your child and family to create a safe place for healing. Give us a call — we’ll guide you through the rest.
1. Make an Appointment
The first step is to make an appointment by calling (360) 699-2244. We’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have and help you feel prepared and confident for your first appointment.
On the day of your appointment it’s a good idea to come a bit early to check in. Our barrier-free facility has free parking and is accessible by public transportation.
3. Your First Session
Your therapist will get to know you and help create a treatment plan. They will work with you and your family to answer your questions and ensure you’re set up for success!
About Helping Kids Thrive
“Having heard and worked with young adults who, with the assistance received from the Children’s Center, are now thriving members of our community, I cannot say enough about the importance of supporting this important resource.”
– Carol McCaulley, SVP Chief HR Officer / Legal Counsel, Columbia Credit Union
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Location: 13500 SE 7th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683 | Map
Telephone: (360) 699-2244
Fax: (360) 699-1900
Hours: M-F: 8am - 7pm
It is the policy of Children's Center that no person shall be subjected to discrimination in this agency. All aspects of program activities and services are administrated without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, marital status, physical disabilities, veteran status, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability, which includes persons known to be HIV positive or have AIDS. Children's Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.