MVCS - Island Wide Youth Collaborative

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Working with numerous families and students dealing with mental health and substance use disorders, the IWYC provides programming and case management to support families seeking public assistance and services both on and off the Island. 349 individuals (162 families, 159 children) received direct services as well as 37 individuals between the ages of 18 and 26. Ongoing IWYC programming includes:

High School Substance Abuse Programs
Working in collaboration with all six of the Island’s Boards of Health, MVCS Recovery Coaches meet with students from MVRHS and the Charter School in one-on-one sessions on a weekly basis to provide counseling and support to those struggling with substance use or dealing with a loved one with a substance use issue.

Clinician’s Continuing Education Series 
A professional development series for licensed clinicians working with adolescents and families that enables therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other human service providers to stay abreast of current research and maintain certification in their respective fields.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Class 
A free, twelve session program for family members, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness.

Immigration Resource Center 
Attorneys from the Cape and Islands Immigration Resource Center visit the Island twice a month to provide families with needed immigration information and support.

Transgendered Support Group 
A weekly support group for transgendered and non-binary adolescents and adults to share experiences and concerns in a confidential setting while developing an Island support system.

Island Grown Schools Winter Cooking Class 
A six week cooking class for students in grades 3-6. Educators from Island Grown Schools teach student to prepare healthy meals using locally grown produce.