Richland County Child, Adolescent, & Family (CAF) Services
- Clinic based Outpatient services provide individual, family, and group therapy to children and adolescents within the clinic. The goal of clinic-based services is to provide therapy to improve the quality of life and general functioning of children. It is our goal to help children and their families manage and reduce behavior and psychiatric symptoms to prevent dissolution of the family, dissolution of community/home placement, and disruption in school attendance and performance.
- School based services (where available) provide an avenue to increase accessibility of mental health services (individual, family, and group therapy) in a non-stigmatizing environment, provide early intervention and prevention services, and consult with teachers and school staff to advocate for and educate about the social, emotional, and psychiatric needs of children in educational settings. Intensive school based services are provided by our Behavioral Health Day Treatment Program (BHDT). The BHDT program is a collaborative effort between CAF and Richland County School District II (RCSDII) to serve kindergarten through fifth graders who reside in the RCSDII catchment area and have serious emotional disturbances. The program represents the most intensive community based, non-residential interventions for behaviorally and/or emotionally disturbed children.
- Wraparound services provide in-home behaviorally-oriented services to youth and their families to maintain youth in their homes or community environment. The Wrap program renders services to youth and their caregivers who have severe emotional disturbances and behavioral disorders and are at risk of disruption of their home/community placement. Children who receive Wrap services generally present with a high level of clinical need due to prior acute hospitalizations, residential placement, school and family problems, and/or involvement with other agencies.
- The Child Welfare Program primarily provides treatment to children who have come into contact with the Department of Social Services due to abuse or neglect. The program is designed to provide immediate assessment and counseling services to children who enter public out-of-home (substitute/foster) care to minimize the need for therapeutic placement; to enhance potential for the child’s successful reunification with his/her family; and to assist the child in the processing and acceptance of the permanent placement decision that may be made.
- The Developmental Specialty Clinics are comprised of the Developmental Disorders Clinic (DDC) and the Infant and Early Childhood Evaluation and Treatment Clinic (IECHETC). The DDC provides a multidisciplinary evaluation for children who have or are suspected of having Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including Autism and Asperger’s Disorder. The IECETC provides a multidisciplinary assessment, planned treatment intervention, and follow-up care for infants up to three years old. Recommendations are reviewed with and given to the parent or guardian. In both clinics, children who are in need of ongoing treatment may also receive individual, family and group therapy in conjunction with medication monitoring.