To access community mental health services, you can contact the Volunteers of America Access Line. A professional will help determine what your child’s needs are and help set up a mental health assessment and appointment for your child. If you need an expedited appointment tell them why there is urgency and they should help you set that up. Be specific about the presenting need and share the symptoms that your child is experiencing. This will help determine whether or not your child qualifies for services. (Often times the clinician doing the assessment is not the clinician your child will be seeing).