We offer a variety of support programs designed to educate and guide parents in the skills needed for safe home environments with nurturing interactions.
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 abuse 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 abuse 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 (FITT). FITT Team members provide in-home services to parents in Charlotte and Lee Counties with substance abuse problems and child welfare involvement.
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’s 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.
Nurturing Parenting Groups. Our goal is to encourage parents and promote positive parent/child interactions. These 12-week evening classes are offered free of charge in a group format for anyone wanting to improve their parenting skills. Groups discuss a variety of topics such as family leadership, discipline and teamwork, the power to nurture, juggling work and family life, stress management, and much more.
Parenting Classes. These are for voluntary and court ordered/court-approved parents with children aged 0-18. Classes last 10 weeks and cover a variety of topics designed to promote positive and effective parenting skills. Individual, in-home classes as well as group classes are available.
Child-Parent Psychotherapy. This program benefits caregivers and children (aged birth through 5 years) who may have difficulties impacting the child and caregiver relationship. At the core, this Child-Parent Psychotherapy focuses on attachment and bonding through treatment. The caregiver learns appropriate understanding of developmental expectations through the dyadic relationship of child & caregiver This promotes healthy, caring, and meaningful interactions that meet the child’s needs an bring resilience to the family.
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 does social media effect our choices; positive interactions styles for optimal outcome; agreeing to disagree; can we rely on Emoji to tell others how we feel; and understanding how our behavior impacts others.