Stars Behavioral Health Group

Stars Behavioral Health Group delivers quality mental health and social services throughout California with proven results

Life can be tough sometimes, whether you’re a child, teen, adult or simply a family member trying to support someone who is hurting. Since 1988, we have provided services to support individuals and families to help them find their own skills and strengths even when they’re battling the results of trauma, mental illness, neglect, substance abuse, or other issues. Today we serve more than 25,000 children, youth and families annually at more than a dozen different program sites in California. The most rewarding part of our work is seeing people overcome tremendous challenges, grow, and change.

In Santa Clara County,
Starlight Community Services provides programs for children, adolescents and transitional age youth (TAY) who face emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges and have difficulty succeeding in family or community living environments. A dedicated and experienced staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health specialists, parent partners and other counselors provide case management, mental health care, and a range of support services in schools, homes or other community settings throughout Santa Clara County.
We provide specialized services for the Juvenile Justice population through Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Our Wraparound approach links Juvenile–Justice–involved and at–risk children and TAY directly with any services they and their families may need. Youth transitioning home from Probation Department camps and Juvenile Hall receive therapeutic and support services aimed at reducing criminal activity and re–incarceration.
Starlight Community Services provides the following range of programs and services:
Full Service Partnerships (FSPs) — provided through MHSA funding. Using a Wraparound approach, specific to our FSP programs, Starlight Community Services and our partner — the California Youth Outreach — provide Juvenile-Justice-involved and at-risk children and TAY, along with their families, a wide range of services and supports. 
Therapeutic Behavioral Services — provided to qualifying youngsters who need additional guidance and support. Skilled mental health staff members work with the youngsters on a one-to-one basis, helping them avoid placement in a more restrictive, higher level of care and assisting them in transitioning to lower levels of care. 
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) — a short-term, family systems framework that typically includes 12-15 sessions of 60-90 minutes over three months. This intervention is designed for youth 17 years of age with conduct disorders, delinquency and substance use.
  • Aggression Replacement Training (ART) — a structured, psychoeducational intervention primarily for adolescents with or are at-risk of aggressive/antisocial behavior. It includes three structured interventions — Skillstreaming, Anger Control Training and Moral Reasoning Training.
  • Transition to Independence (TIP) — an individualized, comprehensive system of care for TAY ages 14-25 with serious emotional/behavioral difficulties. This strengths-based approach is based on the SODAS problem-solving method (Situation, Opportunities, Disadvantages, Advantages, and Solutions).
  • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) — based on three empirically validated interventions that were adapted to address topics relevant to adolescents exposed to chronic trauma. Either a group or individualized intervention, SPARCS is designed for youth ages 13-21. 

Teammates Wraparound — is an integrated, multi-agency, community based process grounded in a philosophy of persistent commitment to support families in safe and competent care for their children. Collaborative teams in our FSP programs include professional and lay staff, along with family and community representatives. Nontraditional approaches provide "whatever it takes" to help youth and their family to succeed. Wraparound includes:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Mental health services
  • Psychological and psychiatric assessments
  • Special education support, school-based programs, mentoring, and after-school and recreational services
  • Health screening and referrals
  • Independent living skills training
  • Specialized groups for youth and parents
  • Transportation and other support services
System of Care (SOC) Program — a comprehensive array of community-based services. Our SOC program is child-centered, family-focused, and culturally competent. Facilitating a smooth transition among agencies, our dedicated staff provides youth and adolescents individualized service planning in the least restrictive setting.
Aftercare Program — individual, group, and family therapy focused on supporting Juvenile-Justice-involved youth and their families. These services, which help youth who are transitioning from detention facilities to the community, are aimed at reducing criminal activity and re-incarceration. 
Internship Program — provides Master's degree students studying to be MFTs or MSWs an opportunity to become knowledgeable and skillful in working with children and families in the Santa Clara County referral system. In close partnership with many of the Bay Area's graduate school programs, we have created a placement program that offers a wide range of clinical experience for our student interns/trainees.

Santa Clara County

Starlight Community Services

San Jose – North Center
1885 Lundy Ave., Ste. 223
San Jose, CA 95131
Phone: (408) 284-9000

San Jose – South Center
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Ste. 150
San Jose, CA 95119
Phone: (408) 284-9080

1885 Lundy Ave. Suite 223
95131 San Jose , CA
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