Behavioral Health Services

In this division, we provide Mental Health Treatment services designed to heal, empower and stabilize children and youth through individualized, culturally sensitive programs. As a State-Certified Mental Health Provider, we partner with the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide children, youth and families being served through DSS-driven programs mental health services, including individualized therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and rehabilitation and crisis-interventions.

Goals:

  • To stabilize behaviors and encourage positive life choices
  • To develop strengths and life skills in high-need children and youth
  • To effectively support those impacted by trauma through individualized services
  • To keep children and youth with their families, in their schools and community

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT

FULL SERVICE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (MHSA-FSP)

Established in 2006, the Mental Health Services Act–Full Service Partnership (MHSA-FSP) is a partnership between us and the County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Services Department. Through this collaboration, the agency’s Rehabilitation Specialists provide services on specialized MHSA intensive service teams. These teams serve the entire county, providing much needed mental health services to underserved children and youth. Since its inception, MHSA-FSP has served 638 children/youth and 92% of the program days were successful based on the following outcomes:

  • Maintained in home or in a stable living environment
  • Diverted from hospitalization

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

50
Youth / Families Served
8,110
Total Program Days
97%
Successful Program Days

Nina's Story

Nina and her grandmother were struggling. At 13, Nina was skipping school, making poor choices and her needs where becoming unmanageable. Nina’s grandma felt like all she and Nina did was argue with each other. When Nina’s mother learned of her daughter's problems, she quit her out-of-state job and moved back into the home to help. But even though her intentions were good, Nina’s mom didn’t have the resources or the skills to care for an aging mother and a challenging daughter. After several domestic disturbances that involved local law enforcement and child welfare services, the family was referred to FSP for critical support.

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2018/2019 OUTCOMES

100%
of the 16 individuals who received outpatient counseling services had positive outcomes as indicated by completion of treatment goals, resolved crisis and improved functioning

OUTPATIENT COUNSELING SERVICES

We provide outpatient counseling services to children, youth, individuals and families with the primary goal of strengthening and empowering them. Counseling services include: child therapy; individual and family therapy; marriage counseling; parent-child conflict resolution; parent education and training; and grief counseling. Positive outcomes are indicated by:

  • Completion of treatment goals
  • Resolved crisis
  • Improved functioning

THERAPEUTIC FAMILY CARE (FORMERLY KATIE-A)

Through Therapeutic Family Care, we provide one-on-one individualized behavioral counseling intervention designed to stabilize the behavior of children/youth. This care is provided to foster youth in the Intensive Services Foster Care program in order to prevent their removal from the ISFC home or to help them in transitioning back into the home from a higher level of care. Positive outcomes are indicated by:

  • Diversion from a more restrictive placement
  • Family and school stability

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

96%
of the 43 youth who received TFC services had positive outcomes as indicated by diversion from a more restrictive placement, and family and school stability

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

39
Youth / Families Served
4,187
Total Program Days
93%
Successful Placement Days

THERAPEUTIC BEHAVIORAL SERVICES (TBS)

Through Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS), we provide short-term, one-on-one individualized behavioral counseling intervention designed to stabilize challenging behavior of children/youth, and prevent their removal from their home or to assist children/youth as they transition back into their home from a higher level of care. TBS helps children and youth as well as parents, caregivers and foster parents, learn new ways to reduce and manage difficult behaviors as well as strategies for developing stronger life skills, including more effective coping and communication skills. In November 1999, we began providing TBS to the County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Department and have since worked with 1,305 high-needs children/youth. Of the program days provided to these children/youth, 94% have been successful as indicated by the following:

  • Diversion from a more restrictive placement
  • Family and school stability

VIOLET’S STORY

At 15, Violet had already lived in several different foster homes. She felt like she was constantly learning new names, rules, routines, directions--everything. Changing homes wasn’t what anyone wanted for Violet, but unforeseen circumstances repeatedly occurred—one family relocated out of state, another needed to care for their ill grandmother; and in her last home, her foster parents’ oldest son and his family had to moved back in. Moving repeatedly was painful, and ignited feelings of rejection and low self-worth in Violet. When she moved into her fourth home, Violet’s inner turmoil displayed itself in self-destructive...

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IN-HOME BEHAVIORAL SERVICES (IHBS)

In-Home Behavioral Services (IHBS) provides individualized, one-on-one behavioral support services to children and youth whose unmet mental health needs are impeding their ability to be successful in their home, school and/or community. Services are designed to help youth stabilize their behaviors so they can maintain their current placement and avoid being placed into a higher level of care. These services can be provided to a youth in their home, at their school and/or in the community. We began providing IHBS in partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Department in 2017, and have since worked with 112 children/youth, achieving a 97% success rate based on the following:

  • Diversion from a more restrictive placement
  • Family and school stability

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

43
Youth / Families Served
7,505
Total Program Days
96%
Successful Program Days

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

113
Youth Served
80%
Successful Program Days

SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM (SBMH)

SMBH is designed to provide support to students placed in specialized classrooms in order to stabilize behaviors; keep students at home and in their school placements; increase their school participation and performance; and help them build positive relationships. Services are offered in partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo Office of Education (COE) and Behavioral Health Department. In this collaboration, we provide specialty trained Behavioral Counselors, Behavioral Health Services provides full-time therapists, and COE provides teachers, aids and program coordination. This unique, collaborative approach has been highly effective in meeting the emotional, behavioral and academic needs of the students in SLO County. Since its inception, 1,138 children have been served in SBMH and 93% of placement days were successful based on:

  • Improved school attendance
  • Improved academic achievement
  • Diversion from a higher placement

COASTAL VALLEY ACADEMY (CVA)

Coastal Valley Academy (CVA) is a custody commitment program operated in and by the County of San Luis Obispo Juvenile Hall for youth ages 14-17 as an alternative to group home or institutional placement. In partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo Probation Department, FCNI provides intensive case management, including individual, family and group therapy, for CVA youth, and the County Office of Education provides educational services. CVA aims to reduce youth recidivism by helping youth heal and develop stronger coping and communications skills, establish natural support systems outside of care, and learn critical life skills for adult independence. Since the program’s inception in 2017, FCNI has served 61 youth with a 61% success rate based on:

  • Diversion from a more restrictive placement
  • Family and school stability

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

25
Youth Served
80%
Successful Program Days