Behavioral Health Services
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.
Families First expanded its Behavioral Health Services in 2017. Continuing the collaboration with Boys Town and three additional agencies, we continue providing services to children and families throughout Palm Beach County. Because of the growing need for behavioral health services to teens and families, Families First collaborated with Communities In Schools through the Y.E.S. (Youth: Empowered and Secure) program. Through that partnership, we are serving teens in four schools, three in Belle Glade and Pahokee, and one in Riviera Beach. We have also partnered with Achievement Centers for Children and Families in Delray Beach, where we will expand behavioral health services to the children who attend their aftercare programs and to their families.