It is true that the earlier a behavioral disorder is identified and treated, the better the chances are for full recovery. Through education, support and treatment, children can – and do – recover and live fulfilling lives.

River Oak works on the premise that it is in everybody’s best interest to intervene and treat children and youth with emotional problems and behavioral disorders early to avoid more serious problems later.

River Oak’s programs serve more than 1,100 ethnically diverse children and youth (age birth to 21) and their families in the Sacramento County on any given day. Many of the children and youth who come to River Oak each year are coping with daunting challenges: violence, abuse, trauma, alcohol, drug abuse, chronic illness, poverty, homelessness, and other problems. Others may have mental disorders or illnesses that need treatment. Without help, these children and youth may be at risk of expulsion from school or placement in out-of-home care. The support they receive during these important developmental years can make a tremendous difference in their ability to succeed in life as adults.


MEET BLAKE An expulsion from school for any reason is a trying time for a family, let alone along with probation for a robbery, school truancy and missed curfew. This is how Blake and his family came to need the services and support offered by River Oak. Wraparound services and Transition to Independence (TIP) was … Continue reading MEET BLAKE


MEET KYLIE When Kylie and her mother first came to River Oak, it was because Kylie was on probation for assaulting a peer, running away and school truancy. She had been displaying physical and verbally abusive behaviors to those around her. At River Oak, we see families as partners whose input and participation at all … Continue reading MEET KYLIE