Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative
Adding behavioral health services has brought Families First of Palm Beach County full circle in providing for the physical, developmental and emotional well-being of children and families. As with all of our programming, Families First focuses on prevention and early intervention – discovering and intervening before small issues become large, life-long ones.
To that end, Families First joined the five-agency Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative in 2014 to provide individualized care, comprehensive family-driven services, and flexible treatment strategies for at-risk and high-risk children and their families across Palm Beach County. This allows our families to get the mental health services their children need. Behavioral and mental health issues in children disrupt their ability to learn, to develop attachments and to thrive in their homes. They put strains on families and can lead to school failure, violent behavior and mental health issues that continue into adulthood. Preventive and early intervention services can turn around the lives of both the children and their families and return all to normal functioning. Services are designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family.
The Collaborative, led by Father Flannigan's Boys Town, includes Families First, the Center for Child Counseling, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County, Inc., and The Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, takes behavioral and mental health services to a new level in Palm Beach County by:
- Providing services and supports to help children succeed in school, at home and in the community.
- Ensuring children and their families have access to an array of services to meet their individual needs.
- Giving families voices and choices in setting goals, creating their support team, and the best courses of action to help them be successful.
- Improving communication and cooperation between parents, children and other family members.
Families First is also working with other child-serving organizations to provide behavioral health services where needed.