Child, Adolescent and Family Services
305 Palmetto Park Blvd.
Lexington, SC 29072
Lexington County Community Mental Health Center’s Child, Adolescent and Family Services (CAF) program embraces the value that children grow, develop, and have the best opportunities for learning and practicing healthy emotional and social responses when in their home environments and communities.
The CAF Program offers an array of assessment and psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents and families who are experiencing a variety of mental health problems. We believe that given the opportunity, support and resources children, adolescents and their families can overcome obstacles and learn to deal with mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties successfully.
We are committed to services that promote the individual’s quality of life, focus on the individual’s strengths, foster independence and honor the rights, wishes and needs of the individual and his/her family. The person served engages in an active partnership with the clinician in the treatment planning process. Services are tailored to meet the needs of the individual, taking into consideration their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
Children, adolescents and their families are served in the following programs:
Clinic Based Services
All intakes and initial/crisis screenings of clients/families occurs in the clinic. The team provides an array of treatment services, as well as referral information, clinical consultation, and crisis intervention for clients, non-clients, and numerous community agencies including schools, courts, emergency rooms, and community physicians. The team facilitates crisis referrals to inpatient hospitals, and temporary de-escalation care facilities for clients and non-clients of Lexington County.
DSS Based Services
Clinicians provide services to children and their families who have open DSS cases. Clinicians also work with children in foster care, therapeutic foster care, and in pre-adoptive homes when are experiencing difficulty in that placement. Clinicians complete assessments and provide individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy. Clinicians may also be called upon to testify in family court.
Juvenile Justice Program (JJP)
A specialized diversion program designed to assess and treat adolescents with charges (status or criminal offenses), or who are otherwise involved in the legal system.
A special component of JJP includes serving as the mental health liaison to the Family Court, Solicitor’s Office, Lexington County Department of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Arbitration Program, Juvenile Drug Court and local law enforcement. Team members are often called upon to provide testimony to the court and serve as advocates for adolescents in need of or receiving mental health services.
Home Based Services
Lexington County provides intensive in-home services utilizing the Multi-Systemic Therapy model to adolescents and families in crisis whose needs and preferences cannot be accommodated through other CAF clinical services. Clinicians work with the youth and family in their home environment to establish goals to assist the family in de-escalating the crisis and increasing their support system.
School Based Services
LCCMHC has therapists in schools in all five school districts in Lexington County. Each School-Based clinician functions as a mobile Care Team in that they provide crisis assessments for all students, whether they are a client of the mental health center or not. All services are on a voluntary basis with parental permission.
This team delivers service to families with children who have been placed in an out-of-home placement or are in need of out-of-home placements. The team also provides case coordination for families with children who have been committed to Department of Juvenile Justice facilities and are in need of comprehensive mental health services
Clinicians collaborate with our child psychiatrists and develop individualized treatment plans on each of our clients. Although only about a third of our clients are placed on medication, our child psychiatrists are consulted on each case.