Child, Adolescent & Family Services


Pete Camelo MS, LPC

Program Director

Program Description

The Program for Children, Adolescents and their Families at the Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services focuses on children in need of assessment and/or treatment, for serious emotional or behavioral disturbance.  The program emphasizes the involvement of the family in all services.

Philosophy of the Program

The philosophy of Children, Adolescents and Family Services is to provide appropriate services to children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral problems, and to provide support services to their families.  Special emphasis is given to preserving the family system and maintaining the child in a stable home and school placement.  C & A clinicians, all of whom have a minimum of a Master’s level training, place great value on early identification and intervention, and maintain a pro-active, preventive approach to services.  Integral to the philosophy of CAF services is a holistic, systemic approach to children, adolescents, and their families.  Only those whose primary disability is related to developmental issues, or those who do not fall within the age range of three to 17 (21 if still in school) are excluded from receiving treatment from the CAF program.

Goals of the Program

  • Resolve the presenting problem.
  • Enhance family functioning.
  • Improve the coping skills of the child and his/family.
  • Ensure integration with other services in the community. 

Available Services 

  • Crisis Management
  • Assessment – Mental Health Professional
  • Treatment Plan Formulation
  • Psychiatric Medical Assessment
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Psychiatric Nursing Assessment
  • Targeted Case Management (Youth)
  • Restorative Independent Living Skills
  • Restorative Psychosocial Therapy
  • Mental Illness Management
  • Therapeutic Camps (Summer only)
Staff of PCMHS operating these programs are specifically trained to meet the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, and their families.

Special Populations

For individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, services may be provided in cooperation with the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

All service locations are Handicap Accessible.

Interpreter services are available for non-English speaking persons.  

PCMHS's CAF services includes three integrated treatment modules.