Programs and Locations


Valley Star Community Services

Valley Star Children and Family Services is a community-based mental health program in San Bernardino County dedicated to preventing and treating mental illness.

Valley Star uses individualized and highly flexible approaches that span school, family, and community environments. Valley Star services are family-centered and needs-driven, anchored in home visits for the family's convenience. Clinicians begin with an in-depth assessment identifying strengths and impairments. A treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the clients, family and mental health professional. Staff members collaborate with school personnel, county staff, parents and guardians, and other community agencies to achieve treatment goals.

Valley Star offers the following Mental Health services:

  • School-based services (including school consultation and intervention)
  • In-home services (including assessment, consultation, case management, individual and family counseling, and crisis intervention)
  • Clinic-based services are available as an alternative to in-home or school-based services.
  • Clinicians are experienced with various evidenced based practices and skilled in behavior modification targeting delinquency as well as children experiencing trauma stemming from abuse/neglect or traumatic events.

Valley Star Crisis Walk-in Center (CWIC) in Victorville

Located at 16460 Victor Street in downtown Victorville (between 7th Street and Rodeo Drive), the center provides urgent mental health services 24/7 to those of all ages in acute psychiatric stress who need immediate access to crisis mental health services.

The center provides services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in need of immediate crisis intervention and stabilization. It is an alternative to psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, emergency rooms, and even jail. The CWIC is voluntary and offered in an unlocked setting, with a stay of up to 23 hours. Individuals admitted into the crisis stabilization unit are provided with services and supports to ensure their safe transition to the next level of care, or back to the community. Services include crisis stabilization and intervention, individual counseling, medication management, substance abuse treatment, family counseling, and education. The center serves an under-served community, providing a warm, natural and comfortable setting with a sense of safety and acceptance.

For referrals, call (760) 245-8837 or for information, email HDCWIC@starsinc.com.


IYRT

The Inter-Agency Youth Resiliency Team at Valley Star Children and Family Services seeks to help system-involved youth, particularly transitional aged youth (TAY), who are unlikely to return to their homes to gain caring relationships and coordinated, culturally-responsive, trauma-informed support services to help them achieve permanency and self-sufficiency as they transition to adulthood. Click here to learn more about Valley Star's IYRT Services.


PRAAC (Promoting Resilience in African American Children)

The Promoting Resilience in African-American Children services (PRAAC) program provides services to African-American children ages 5-11 and their families in San Bernardino Unified School District and communities. This program will build upon community membersí strengths and experience to provide mental health, educational, and mentoring within San Bernardino schools and the community using curriculum and programming tailored to the needs of African-American youth and families. The program will focus on Black History to promote a positive self-image, age appropriate social skills and to strengthen family connections. The program includes parenting skills training using the Effective Black Parenting Program.

Our current staff include African American professionals in occupations such as, Physical Therapist, Sales Manager, Supported Employment Job Coach, Retail Sales Clerk, Security Guard, Supervisor/Grounds Keeper and Pastor, to name just a few. Most of these part-time mentors are also part-time college students who are continuing to pursue higher education and career development. Most Youth Mentors in the IYRT program have "lived experience" within some part of the mental health, CFS or Probation system and therefor are relatable to the youth they are mentoring. Each mentor who is employed acts as a real-life example of a successful person sharing their life with one of our mentees. The difference in the "Meet A Pro" design is that they do not communicate their challenges and success in one meeting but continue to share their life and life experience on a weekly basis with our culturally-matched mentees. This is a very effective way of encouraging and empowering our young black students to have a vision of their own success through the eyes and lives of these young mentors.


Wandalyn Lane
PRAAC Program Coordinator
Valley Star Children and Family Services
phone: (909) 388-2222 x 132 | wlane@starsinc.com


FRC (Family Resource Center)

FRC provide services to all individuals of our local community, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental handicaps. Valley Starís FRC staff collaborates with outside agency partners to appropriately serve the needs of the community. The overall goal is to reduce the amount of unmet needs of the individuals and families within our community.

Sherie Park, MS, LMFT, PPSC
Clinical Supervisor
Valley Star Children and Family Services
phone: (909) 388-2222 x 135 | fax: (909) 388-2220 | spark@starsinc.com

1585 S. "D" Street, Suite 101
San Bernardino, CA 92408
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Valley Star High School

Valley Star High School is an innovative Nonpublic School program that serves adolescents between the ages of 11 and 22 who face emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. The program is designed to serve youth who live at home in the community and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from their most recent school that provides for placement at a nonpublic school. Referrals are accepted from the San Bernardino City, Redlands, Yucaipa - Calimesa, and Morongo Unified School Districts.

  • Caring and compassionate staff
  • Small class size (no more than 12) with 3 staff to 12 students
  • Highly structured environment
  • Individual behavioral support plans
  • Credit Recovery offered for those with too few credits toward graduation.
  • Highly developed educational plans and instruction from Teachers with Special Education Credentials and/or Waivers.
  • Picturesque rural setting contributing to a supportive and less stressful learning experience.
  • Highly motivating reward system in a supportive social milieu
  • Transportation within a 1 hour radius

Valley Star High School is integrated with a Day Treatment Mental Health Program that assists qualified students with behavioral challenges. Students must meet criteria for such help as approved by the Department of Mental Health.

  • Clinicians provide personalized interventions through the school day that include social, coping and problem solving skill building.
  • Daily community meetings set the pace for a supportive environment and goal achievement.
  • Process groups focus on developing insight and awareness to improve overall functioning and the achievement of classroom and personal goals.


Eligibility and Referral Information

Valley Star Children and Family Services' programs are available to young people ages 5 to 22 who reside in San Bernardino County and who have serious behavioral problems at home and/or at school. Referrals may be made by schools and school districts, the San Bernardino Departments of Behavioral Health, Children's Services, or Probation, as well as by school teachers or counselors, foster family agencies, or family members. Services are reimbursed through the Short Doyle/Medi-Cal Plan.

Christine Talley, Credentialed Special Education Teacher
Valley Star High School Principal
phone: (909) 705-5999 | ctalley@starsinc.com

Catherine J Hayes, LMFT, Supervisor
Day Treatment Mental Health Rehabilitation Program
phone: (909) 705-9998 | chayes@starsinc.com

9355 N. Opal Avenue, Suite 101
Mentone, CA 92359
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A Crisis Residential Treatment Center for Transition Age Youth (TAY) in San Bernardino County.

The STAY is a new short-term 14-bed center for Transitional Age Youth (TAY) in crisis located in the County of San Bernardino. This facility is the only center of its kind in the state! This residential program is housed next door to the One Stop TAY Center.

Valley Star's Crisis Residential Treatment Center (called "The STAY") will help TAY safely and successfully transition back to community living after a period of psychiatric crisis and recovery.

Providing Support

The STAY is intended for:

  • TAY age 18 - 25 (up to their 26th birthday)
  • Those who are at risk and need a higher level of care (but lower than a psychiatric hospital)
  • Those who are non-violent and not sex offenders
  • Those who are appropriate for an environment with shared living
  • Those who are willing to actively participate in developing their own plans for recovery
  • Priority will be given to at-risk, system-involved youth (dependents and wards)

Obtaining Services and Referrals

For referrals, call the Admissions Coordinator 24 hours a day at (909) 763-4760 x 100.

For overall information about The STAY, including the referral process, email us at thestay@starsinc.com.

Steve Thronson
Regional Administrator
Valley Star Children and Family Services
phone: (760) 393-5122 | sthronson@starsinc.com

Elsie Barton
Administrator, Valley Star Crisis Residential Treatment Center
phone: (909)763-4760 | fax: (909)763-4772 | EBarton@starsinc.com

780 East Gilbert Street
San Bernardino, California 92415
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Eligibility and Referral Information

Valley Star Children and Family Services' programs are available to young people ages five to 22 who reside in San Bernardino County and who have serious behavioral problems at home and/or at school. Referrals may be made by schools and school districts, the San Bernardino Departments of Behavioral Health, Children's Services, or Probation, as well as by school teachers or counselors, foster family agencies, or family members. Services are reimbursed through the Short Doyle/Medi-Cal Plan.