Services are provided to children five and under with behavioral and emotional problems that qualify with a diagnosed mental health condition. Children come to the Clinic with a variety of behavioral problems including aggression, temper tantrums, defiance, inattention, hyperactivity, depressed mood, anxiety, and difficulty with attachment to caregivers. Relationship-based services include: individual and family therapy, case management, rehabilitation, and psychiatry; all which focus on family strengths, embrace cultural diversity and empower parents through skills development and family education.
Day Treatment Intensive
A Clinic-based therapeutic environment is provided for children ages 2½ to 5 years old who already have significant behavioral or emotional problems. These children frequently display multiple problem behaviors so severe that they interfere with family functioning and may have resulted in the child being discharged from preschool for disruptive behaviors. At this young age, these children may have become dangerous to other children, steal, run away from caregivers, have significant disturbances in sleep and other significant forms of disruptive behavior. Clinic staff works with these children in a highly structured and nurturing environment. Art, music and movement therapies are utilized to engage children in self-expression, directed toward reducing problem behaviors. Parents and caregivers participate in family and support groups, while home visits are also an integral part of the program.
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Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT) Services
MAT Services is a collaborative effort with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Department of Mental Health. MAT provides timely feedback on the mental health, developmental needs and medical concerns on children entering the foster care system, as well as each potential caregiver's ability to provide optimal care, with the goal of decreasing the likelihood of multiple out-of-home placements. Our MAT services are so highly regarded, we have been asked by DCFS to train other providers.
Healthy Families America
The evidence-based, nationally recognized Healthy Families America (HFA) home visitation program model is designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for child abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences. HFA was initiated by Prevent Child Abuse America to support new parents at the time their babies are born and, for families facing greater challenges, to provide additional support and ongoing home visitation services during the important early years. The HFA model is based on 12 Critical Elements, derived from more than 30 years of research to ensure programs are effective in working with families, that are operationalized through a series of best practice standards that provide a solid structure for quality, yet offers the Clinic’s HFA program the flexibility to design services specifically to meet the unique needs of children and families in the Broadway-Manchester and Compton/East Compton communities. The entry point to the Clinic’s HFA program is through the First 5 LA Welcome Baby programs at one of these hospitals: Saint Francis Medical Center, California Hospital Medical Center, and Centinela Hospital Medical Center. The Welcome Baby program includes the Bridges for Newborns universal screening tool to determine whether a family needs additional referrals to community-based services and has been found to successfully measure a family’s level of risk for poor child and family outcomes in the areas of physical and behavioral health, as well as child welfare. Families identified as needing more support and services are eligible to receive home visitation services.
Family Resource Center
According to the California Family Resource Association (2007), successful family resource programs are family-focused, community-based, culturally and linguistically competent, aimed at developing self-sufficiency, and offer a full range of services. Building on this model, the Clinic’s Family Resource Center (FRC) provides highly relational support to help distressed parents navigate child welfare, special education, and mental health services and resources. At the heart of FRC is the understanding that our families struggle to raise children against the backdrop of multiple stressors. Parents provide the greatest source of influence on their child’s overall development, and in order for them to nurture and provide stability for their child, basic needs must be addressed. With this goal in mind, the FRC’s Parent Educator tailors service plans for each parent to help them overcome economic and societal obstacles to best support their child’s healthy social and emotional development. We are proud to have had a fully bilingual CalWORKs welfare-to-work participant serve as the first Parent Educator for FRC – a reflection of the Clinic’s commitment to creating employment opportunities for consumers as well as leveraging consumer expertise in designing and delivering family-focused services.
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