We offer a variety of support programs designed to educate and guide parents in the skills needed for safe home environments with nurturing interactions.
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Behavioral Health Liaisons. Behavioral Health Liaisons are located in the DCF offices for DeSoto, Charlotte, and Lee counties. These staff works with child protective investigators to determine if mental health concerns affect the safety of the children in the home as well as facilitate referrals for services to meet the needs of families in the child welfare system
Florida Assertive Community Treatment (FACT). The FACT program serves adults with severe and persistent mental illness, who may also have a co-occurring substance use disorder. The program’s multidisciplinary staff obtain or directly provide all mental health services to persons served, primarily in their homes or the community, including: psychiatric care; medical referral and follow-up; individual supportive therapy; crisis assessment and intervention; substance use disorder services; work-related vocational services; support in activities of daily living; social, interpersonal relationship and leisure time training; case management services; and supportive services. In addition, the program assists individuals to obtain affordable housing, which may include assistance with security deposits, utilities, and rent.
Family Intervention Specialist (FIS). FIS Specialists work with families in the DCF system to help expedite treatment services for those involved in the child welfare system.
Family Intensive Treatment Team (FIT). CBHC’s FIT Team provides team-based, family-focused, comprehensive services for caregivers within the child welfare system who have been identified as having a substance use disorder. The FIT Team provides a combination of wraparound care coordination, behavioral health therapy services, and peer support for approximately six months, with the goal of keeping the parent and child together or with reunification upon completion of treatment.
Healthy Start. Every child deserves a healthy start in life. Healthy Starts services are dedicated to providing services to pregnant women and families with children up to 3 years. Services include: early access to prenatal care, the reduction of infant mortality, and ensuring positive maternal and child health outcomes, Care Coordination services are free and assess needs, identify risks, and link families to resources and additional community services with ongoing support by telephone or through home visitation to ensure access to care. Healthy Start Wrap Around services include psychosocial counseling, short-term parenting, tobacco cessation, breastfeeding support, childbirth education classes, and nutritional counseling.
Teen Anger Management Group. Our Teen Anger Management Group is designed to assist teens aged 13-18 who have moderate to severe behavioral anger disruptions at home, school, or in the community or for those who have difficulty controlling outbursts or demonstrate issues with making healthy management choices. The group will follow the SAMSHA-approved curriculum of “Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients,” but will also cover nuances of today such as: words make a difference; how social media affects our choices; positive interactions styles for an optimal outcome; agreeing to disagree; can we rely on Emoji to tell others how we feel; and understanding how our behavior impacts others.