River Oak Center or Children is highly respected for providing meaningful and measureable outcomes by an extraordinary professional staff. Agencies count on us to treat families in the most efficient manner by utilizing the latest techniques based on solid evidence. Our collaborations with behavioral health services, schools, juvenile probation and unique communities distinguishes our organization as a leader in the field of behavioral health.


River Oak works closely with several local government agencies in providing services to children, youth, and families living throughout the Greater Sacramento area:

  • Sacramento County Department of Behavioral Health: All of River Oak’s programs and services are provided in collaboration with the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services. River Oak has one of the largest contracts for behavioral health services for children and youth ages birth to 21 years.
  • First 5 Sacramento Commission: The First 5 Sacramento Commission works to improve the lives of Sacramento County’s youngest children and their families through an effective, coordinated, and inclusive implementation of the California Children and Families Act (also known as Proposition 10), which was enacted in 1998. The ultimate goal is to enhance the health and early growth experiences of children, enabling them to be more successful in school and to give them a better opportunity to succeed in life.
  • Sacramento County Child Protective Services (CPS): River Oak is a contracted partner with CPS. CPS provides referrals to many of River Oak’s programs.
  • Sacramento County Probation Department: River Oak works with Probation through our Wraparound, Multisystemic Therapy and Juvenile Justice Diversion and Treatment Program for children engaged in the Juvenile Justice System.
  • SETA Head Start: SETA (Sacramento Employment Training Agency) is a joint powers agency of the City and County of Sacramento. Its Head Start program’s mission is to improve the lives of low-income children by providing comprehensive child development services that are family-focused, including education, health, nutrition, and mental health.
  • Alameda County: River Oak provides comprehensive services to children and youth of Alameda County residing in Sacramento County.
  • CalWorks: CalWorks is Sacramento County’s welfare-to-work program. River Oak collaborates with CalWorks to meet child and family resource needs at the Family Resource Center.
  • Department of Human Assistance: This Sacramento County department assists with food stamps and eligibility. River Oak refers families to this agency to meet their needs for assistance.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC): WIC is Sacramento County’s food assistance program for pregnant women and children. River Oak refers and receives referrals from this program.
  • Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD): River Oak collaborates regularly with the SCUSD to provide behavioral health services at school sites and within the child or youth’s community. Schools are on the front lines with children who may not be ready or able to succeed in school due to behavioral problems, or emotional, developmental or behavioral health challenges.