Community Services

Skills Training

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The program provides community-based Skills Training to youth of all ages in ODHS custody. Youth referred to the program have identified behavioral and/or mental health concerns that may lead to placement instability. Services may be provided to youth in non-relative, relative, and biological parent placements, and are offered at times identified as most relevant to the youth/family. Skills Trainers use a combination of games, activities, and curriculum along with evidenced based practices including Collaborative Problem Solving to help youth build Social-Emotional skills. Skills Trainers work to help improve communication, relationship, independent living, and community-based skills while increasing pro-social behaviors. We currently provide services in Columbia, Clatsop, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lane, Umatilla and Morrow counties. ODHS Caseworkers are able to submit a referral directly to Maple Star.

Youth Mentoring

Youth Mentoring services are community based and aim to provide a safe, stable, and predictable relationship with a trusted adult. The program offers mentoring services to youth of all ages in ODHS custody who may be at risk of placement instability due to difficult or challenging behaviors. Mentors will offer direct coaching, skills training, and experiences in the community to practice, observe, and teach pro-social skills. Mentoring services seek to improve a youth’s awareness of their emotional state and increase self-regulation skills. These services are youth driven, empowering them to identify goals and opportunities for personal development. We currently provide services in Columbia, Clatsop, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lane, Umatilla and Morrow counties. ODHS Caseworkers are able to submit a referral directly to Maple Star.

Respond & Support Network

The Response and Support Network (RSN) program serves youth and families in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. RSN offers short-term support services with the goal of stabilization, and the ability to identify and connect families to more long-term supports. Services offered through RSN include Parent Mentoring, Peer Support, Care Coordination, Skills Training, 24/7 Crisis Response, and the ability to access Intensive Community Based Mental Health supports through a partnership with Catholic Community Services. Maple Star provides immediate non-clinical support for Adoptive Families, Families in Guardianship, and Resource Parents. Caregivers are able to self-refer by calling 503.341.4779 and making a request to open services for 60-90 days. ODHS Caseworkers are able to make a District Referral by contacting the Medical Liaison in their county.

Child Specific Caregiver Support

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The program provides Child Specific Caregiver Support (CSCS) to Resource Parents in Lane, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. The program is designed to support caregivers of children with complex unmet needs, who without this service, may be at risk of placement disruption. The goal of the program is to help clients transition into and maintain within a community-based placement or with family by providing individualized services to the Caregiver(s) in order to support them in meeting the youth’s unique needs. The CSCS program provides hands-on parent-coaching for biological, kith/kin, resource and pre-adoptive caregivers, when a youth in the home has been identified by ODHS as qualified for this service. Supports may be provided virtually or via teleconference, however primary service delivery is typically in-person whenever possible and includes training, coaching, help with systems navigation, on- call phone support, and help identifying natural and community resources. ODHS Caseworkers are able to submit a referral through the ODHS FOCUS Team or by contacting their Regional Resource Consultant to obtain the referral documents.