Children in Need of Services / Families in Need of Services
Children in Need of Services/Families in Need of Services (CINS/FINS) is a Family Diversion Program designed to strengthen families; equipping them with a better understanding of how to cope with life challenges. Youth participating in this program must be 6 to 17 years old. A program specific referral form is available for this program upon request.
CINS/FINS Services Offered
- Individualized Service Plans
- Case Management/Supportive Counseling
- Home/ School/ Court/ Office Visits
- Emergency Shelters
- Service Linkage/ Referrals
- Staffings and Family Team Meetings
- Referral to State Attorney/ Filing of Petitions and Focus Groups
Chronological Format of Services Delivered
Fax to 594-768-0964
CINS/FINS Counselor will call the family within three days (usually calls upon receipt of referral). The screening will determine family eligibility and parental perspective on the situation. CINS/FINS Lead Counselor will then email you and advise you on whether or not the family accepted services, with the date of scheduled intake.
Our intakes are scheduled within two weeks of referral or contingent upon the urgency and family’s availability/ Crisis cases require immediate attention and an intake is completed within 3 days. In the event that the family does not comply with the scheduled intake date, Counselor will notify you via email. The team will continue attempts to reach the family for a month, which then we will close the referral and file it.
Assessments will include, but are not limited to-risk factors (family/ youth/ environmental domains), Suicide Questions, Brief FAM III, Substance Abuse Assessment, and Truancy Assessment.
Team based approach goals including the youth, legal guardian/s, and Counselor’s perspectives on assessments’ findings.
Counseling will be provided to organize, review, follow-up, and update the family. Our assigned Case Manager. All the referrals and case review will be directly contacted by the Case Manager.
In collaboration with Lippmann Youth Shelter, shelter placement can be arranged based on the family need. Lippmann does not take youth with open criminal cases, however in the event that there is Domestic Violence present, they will admit the youth.
MBHSC has an extended relationship with many community partners that help provide wrap-around services.
We will call on a staffing when the family or youth is experiencing difficulties following the goals/ the family calls for a team meeting/ concerns from a direct caregiver’s or service provider/s arise.
After exhausting all our options and resources, a staffing will be called to address Truancy, Ungovernable Behavior or Runaway and possibly file a petition.
Team of parents and youth who are interested in making a change and reporting back to DJJ, Florida Network, and BSO.
Criterion and Eligibility
Children ages 6 – 17 who may have these issues:
- School Related Issues
- Lockout/ Homeless
- Substance Abuse
- Eating/ Sleeping Concerns
- Divorce/ Marriage
- Beyond Control
- Lying/ Stealing
- Peer Issues
- Violent/ Assaulting
With pending Charges (not yet charged)
Child is NOT eligible if:
- Current verified DCF investigation for abuse, neglect, or abandonment
- Open DJJ Case
- Youth was court ordered into CINS/FINS Services