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 713 children/youth and 93% of the program days were successful based on the following outcomes:

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

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

75
Youth / Families Served
99%
Successful Program Days

Easton's Story

Easton and his family--his mom and two younger brothers--were together, but just barely. The Department of Social Services had recently gotten involved in their lives due to ongoing safety issues, including violent conflicts, the after-affects of domestic violence, and Easton’s mom’s struggle with substance abuse. The family had recently fled their home and Easton’s abusive dad, but life in a local shelter for survivors of domestic violence, unhealed trauma, and unmet mental health needs plagued their recovery progress.

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2019/2020 OUTCOMES

100%
of the 13 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

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

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

94%
of the 35 youth who received TFC services had positive outcomes as indicated by diversion from a more restrictive placement, and family and school stability

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

44
Youth / Families Served
88%
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 1,349 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

JACINDA’S STORY

Jacinda thought she was a superhero. When her mom and her boyfriend started yelling at one another, Jacinda thought it was her job to bravely stand between them, protecting her mom from the man’s hurtful, abusive words. But at only 10, breaking up violent domestic disputes was not Jacinda’s role. Deciding that living with her boyfriend wasn’t safe for her and her daughter, Jacinda’s mom moved them out of his home and in with her sister, Jacinda’s Aunt Callie. Moving there was supposed to be a fresh start for them both, and Jacinda voiced how excited she was to live with her Aunt and cousins. But having spent so long living in an abusive home impacted Jacinda’s behaviors greatly. She still lived in fear and anxiety, which caused her to be highly reactive.

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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 428 children/youth, achieving a 96% success rate based on the following:

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

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

128
Youth / Families Served
96%
Successful Program Days

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

22
Youth Served
100%
Successful Program Days

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 83 youth with a 85% success rate based on:

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