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Child, Adolescent, Young Adult and Family

The CAYA Team contracts for and monitors publicly-funded services for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral problems who are at risk for out-of-home placement and their families.

Specialized Programs

Specialized programs, serving a smaller, but significant number of consumers, include a wide array of innovative home and community-based services. These services, dependent upon funding, may include:

  • Case Management
  • In-home, family-focused behavioral counseling
  • Respite services, home-based and out-of-home
  • Therapeutic after-school programs
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation programs
  • Psychiatric residential treatment centers
  • School-based mental health clinics
  • Therapeutic behavioral aides

Additional services may be available to children who are currently receiving therapy. Some programs require specific referral forms while others require medical assistance (MA). Some exclusions and waitlists may apply.


Many, but not all programs require:

  • Psychiatric Axis I diagnosis
  • MA insurance
  • An IQ of 70 and above
  • Referral by a mental health professional


MA reimburses on a fee-for-service basis for services authorized by the public mental health system. For consumers without MA, some services have a sliding-scale fee and some have no fee.


Programs Currently Offered

Learn more about the following programs.

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Behavioral Health Services

6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212


Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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