Working with families and schools to maximize individual student potential

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The Vista Hill Learning Assistance Center (VHLAC) offers uniquely designed school- and home-based assessment, case management, therapy and other mental health interventions for students at risk of out-of-home placement.  Through successful coordination of effort from the student, parent, teacher and VHLAC clinician, we maximize the student’s ability to succeed in school, at home, and in their local community. Students who demonstrate behavioral, psychological or emotional problems may be referred for VHLAC services by a parent or teacher.  VHLAC recognizes that helping troubled children also means helping their families, their community, and their classroom.  Unlike traditional counseling programs that are conducted in an office building during a weekly session, VHLAC therapists work with the child in the home, the classroom, or other community settings.  Problems are thus addressed in the environment where they occur.  This enables the child or youth to receive the help they need, while remaining in their local school and community, in the most normal and least restrictive environment possible. 

Client Profile

Carlos is a 7 year-old boy, who was referred to the Learning Assistance Center by the school social worker.

Carlos’ elementary school teacher expressed concerns regarding difficulty staying in his seat, focusing on school assignments, blurting out answers, not turning in his homework, poor impulse control, and difficulty getting along with peers during unstructured times.  Click here to learn more about Carlos.  

The Vista Hill Learning Assistance Center offers:

Mental Health Services

  • Assessment of the child’s clinical needs
  • Evaluation of the child’s functioning in home, school and community
  • Collateral contacts with significant support persons
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Rehabilitation services to improve life skills
  • Plan Development (coordination of service and educational plans)

School and Home-based Outpatient Services

  • Providing individual, family and group therapy
  • Managing medication needs of evaluation, direct service or referral 
  • Life skill and learning disabilities instruction and support
  • Flexibility to offer services in home or at school

School District and Other Partnerships

Vista Hill Learning Assistance Center is able to provide school-integrated mental health programs countywide in partnership with area school districts. We current provide programs with Ramona Unified, Borrego Springs Unified, Warner Spring Unified, Spencer Valley, Julian Union Elementary, Julian Union High and Escondido Union Elementary. 

In addition to our school and home-based mental health programs VHLAC has engaged in other related service partnerships. These include:

  • Community Care Systems (CareManager electronic clinical record)
  • United Methodist Ministries Metro “Ychange” Program
  • Mount Woodson Elementary School - Group Therapy and Crisis Intervention Program
  • Borrego Springs Boys and Girls Club - After-School Club Group Therapy
  • Escondido Union Elementary - Miller One and Del Dios Mental Health Patch Programs
  • Services to Fire Victims through grants awarded to Vista Hill
  • Community Health Group / Healthy Families Provider

The VHLAC program currently serves an average of 300 children and families per month at 40 school site locations.  The integration and partnership between school district personnel and mental health staff is vital to the success of the student and family. 

For more information:


760.489.4126 Phone 760.489.4129 Fax
1029 N. Broadway, 92026


760.788.9724 Phone 760.788.9754 Fax
1012 Main Street, 92065

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