Childhelp Merv Griffin Village

Situated across 123 acres of beautiful scenery, the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village has been dedicated to the 24-hours-a-day treatment of abused, neglected, and at-risk children of California since 1978. Committed to creating a genuine community environment, the village houses as many as 84 children ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old. The children are referred by various judicial authorities and child welfare offices that rely on Childhelp’s team of mental health professionals to assess each child arriving at the facility and develop an individualized treatment plan. The treatment plan incorporates activities and services to allow the children opportunity to grow, heal and develop. Each individualized treatment plan may include:

  • Clinical therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Animal-assisted therapy

Our skilled and compassionate staff of therapists, teachers, behavioral health specialists, nurses, physicians, case managers, and chaplains work together to restore the mind, body and spirit of every child.

The goal is to see a child ‘graduate’ to a less restrictive, positive placement including being reunited with family, adopted, placed with a foster family, or relocated to a less intensive treatment facility. The village responds to the needs of abused and at-risk children with critical community partners including neighboring school districts, county placement partners and the Southern California County Department of Public Social Services. Through these collaborations, residents are provided quality, comprehensive services to help each child succeed.

Key Staff

  • Jesse Jorrin – Director, Residential Services
  • Colleen Lyon, Director Clinical Services
  • Manuel Barragan, Director, Support Services
  • Denice Findlay, Director, Human Resources Business Partner
  • Sheri Bogh, Program Director, Community Relations
  • Brian Polston – Principal, Non-Public School
  • Additional Staff:
    • 1 Chaplain
    • 107 Direct Care Staff*
    • 15 Therapists
    • 8 Teacher

*including on-call and part-time child care providers

School Accountability Report Card

The Academy at Merv Griffin Village

The Academy at Merv Griffin Village, a non-public school, is designed for children and youth who require a therapeutic environment as a component of their elementary, intermediate, or secondary education. The Academy serves students with socio-emotional and behavioral needs that cannot be accommodated in a public school. It provides children with high quality supervision, structure and individual accommodations to ensure personal and academic success.

Current Status

  • The Art Therapy Program is operated by a certified art therapist and provides children with an opportunity for creative expression.
  • The Ranch Program provides therapeutic opportunities for children through animal care, equine and animal-assisted therapy, resident jobs and special events.
  • The Village’s onsite accredited non-public school serves children with special needs.
  • Recreation and wilderness activities, sports, field trips
  • Literacy and Computer lab programs
  • Voluntary chapel services (non-denominational)
  • The Village Special Friends Program matches children with screened volunteers who provide support, mentoring, interaction and lifelong friendships after the children leave the village.


The Academy at Merv Griffin Village’s School Accountability Report Card.

School Accountability Report Card

Program Statistics, Fiscal Year 2017

  • 92% youth reached all or most treatment goals by the time of discharge
  • 80% youth showed significant clinical improvement in family funtioning
  • 90% youth graduating left with less severe mental health symptoms and improved daily functioning
  • 72% youth were discharged to a lower level of care and to either a parent/relative home, foster home, independent living or group home


Get in touch with Denise Biben at

Childhelp Merv Griffin Village
P.O. Box 247
Beaumont, CA 92223
T 951-845-3155
F 951-845-8412

For General Questions and Inquiries, please fill out the contact form below.