Frequently Asked Questions

The ages of children enrolled vary each year, traditionally we serve children aged 6 through 17.  Group enrollment is based on age as well as verbal and social skills abilities. The elementary school aged group serves children aged 6 and 7, the school aged group serves aged 8 through 13 and the teen group serves aged 14 through 17.  To learn more about those that lead the group please visit our team »

When do groups start?
Groups typically start in the fall of each year and roughly span the traditional school year.  Please note, groups will not be held on holidays and will take a week off in the spring.  At the end of groups, typically early June, there will be group graduations.

How much does the program cost?
This is a fee for service program.  The MIND Institute accepts some private insurance, self-pay, or contracts through local Regional Centers » for clinical service.  Generally, self pay prices run between $61.50 for child and $57.75 parent, weekly total $119.25.  First assessment meeting with doctor roughly $252.00. 
**All prices are subject to change without notice.** 

How often do groups meet?
All groups meet at the MIND Institute (directions).  Depending on your child’s placement, groups meet for approximately 30 weeks spanning the traditional school year either Tuesday or Wednesday from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Groups will not be held on holidays and will take a week off in the spring.

Does my child need a specific diagnosis?
No.  Your child does not need to have a specific diagnosis though many children and teens in our groups do have diagnoses of high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD.

I have another child, can siblings be involved?
Yes!  We offer a Sibling Friendship Group on Tuesdays led by Erin Roseborough, MIND Institute Child Life Specialist.  Topics include: bullying, friendships, family, problem solving, and more.  For those families attending groups on Wednesday, we offer free childcare supervised by Child Life Volunteers.  During this time your children will be able to play games, watch movies, play on the playground, and more.

Do you take my insurance?
The MIND Institute does accept some private insurances.  If you are selected for group, we will work with yourself and your insurance provider to see if they will cover the program.  In the meantime, you are welcome to contact your insurance company and see if they support IPT codes: Adult Group Psy Treatment Code 90853 and Children Mental Health Outpatient Services Group Code 90857.

What if I would like to have my child return to group?
Some of our group members do repeat the program.  At the end of group your child’s clinician will recommend if your family should continue in our program.  If it is recommend that you do, you will be invited to return to the following sessions.  On average, families are allowed to repeat twice per age group.  If you have completed group in the past and would like your child to return, please contact Sarah Mahdavi at 916-734-7801or smdavi@ucdavis.edu.

We have built our program on two components. One part is the children’s group which includes an average of 8 to 10 children at a time with four adult co-leaders. At least one of these leaders is a licensed psychologist. The teenage group often has more peer participants involved, ranging from 10 to 14 in the group. The second part of our program involves a parent group that is mandatory and meets at the same time as the children’s group. Currently, we also offer a sibling group. The parent group reviews the day’s curriculum as well as other topics such as diagnostic profiles, possible treatment alternatives, and working with school districts. Our curriculum begins with a focus on nonverbal behavioral cures and emotional recognition in others. We cover other topics including stress management, conversation rules, social problem recognition and problem solving, making good choices, and friendship and leadership skills. We finish each session with team problem solving work.

Is there a waitlist?
Yes. Families that complete and return an intake are placed on our waitlist.  Please note, being on the waitlist does not guarantee placement into the program. Group enrollment is based on chronological age and social skills level. The results of a required intake interview are used to form well-balanced and compatible groups with similar verbal abilities and diagnostic profiles. Children with clinically significant behavioral problems are not appropriate for the program.

Do you offer a summer program?
No. Unfortunately, we are not providing groups during the summer at this time.  You are welcome to check back frequently to see our tentative schedules.

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