Appendix B: Child, Family, and Community Services

Descriptions of child, family and community services that BAMSI provides.

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Behavioral Health

Brockton After School Enrichment (BASE): A therapeutic after school program that promotes social skills development for children ages 6–12 with complex emotional and behavioral needs; specifically designed for students who have been unable to succeed in non-therapeutic community settings.

Community Service Agency (CSA) of the Brockton Area: A community-based program that facilitates access to, and ensures coordination of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families. The goal of the CSA is to support families in gaining a sense of competency in parenting their children with SED, in order to benefit fully in community and home life.

Home Based Services: A service available to those unable to access an outpatient clinic for individual psychotherapy, or for those who prefer services in the privacy of their home. Clinicians meet with individuals in their home or an identified community setting.

Family FIRST (Flexible Intensive Response Support Team): A program to assist children and youth diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families. The team, including the family, develop a plan based upon the family’s unique strengths, values and preferences.

Individual and Family Counseling: This program serves people with wide-ranging mental health needs at our outpatient mental health clinic, the Whitman Counseling Center, as well as outreach in various locations. By coordinating with local public and private agencies, resources are maximized promoting success in all aspects of life—family, work and community.

Educational Support and Services

Brockton After School Enrichment (BASE): A therapeutic after-school program that promotes social skills development for children ages 6–12 with complex emotional and behavioral needs; specifically designed for students who have been unable to succeed in non-therapeutic community settings.

Educational & School Consultation: Support for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral needs including consistent therapeutic intervention during the school day and ongoing consultation and therapeutic support for parents/guardians to sustain progress and assure long-term success.

Read to Succeed: Supports at-risk youth involved with the juvenile justice system. The outreach and education offered through this service are delivered at a local courthouse. The program includes a clinician and teacher who provide reading and writing tutoring and instruction, life skills to identify environmental stressors and access to resources that promote ongoing learning.

Wraparound Coaching: A program that assists the Community Service Agencies in providing high fidelity Wraparound services to youth and families, while adhering to the principles of Wraparound.

Family Support Services

Family Support Services: Provides a regional Family Support Center, Intensive Family Support Services and medically complex programs to support children, adults and their families with developmental disabilities. Family support utilizes BAMSl’s strong affiliations and partnerships with state agencies, community-based organizations and other resources.

Intensive Flexible Family Support (IFFS): A unique program designed around the specific needs of each individual with the aim of helping those served reach their potential while retaining a strong sense of independence and self-worth. Social and vocational support is provided to help individuals reach their goals.

Parent Information Network (PIN): Information, support and advocacy program for parents designed by those with lived experience to support families who have children with serious emotional, behavioral, and/or mental health challenges. Services are confidential and free of charge.

Parents of Transitional Aged Youth (PTAY): PTAY helps families guide young adults, ages 14–25, with behavioral, emotional or mental health needs through the transition to adulthood.

Public Health and Community Resources

Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center: A program in partnership with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, dedicated to minimizing trauma to children and families when concerns of abuse arise. The Center coordinates investigations and assessments with clinical and legal competence in an atmosphere that is safe and respectful of each family’s culture.

Early Intervention (EI): A public health program providing therapeutic support to infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or are at risk for such delays. Services are available for children from birth to age 3 and are provided in the family home or other locations comfortable for the child.

HELPLINE: A program that provides information, referral and advocacy for individuals seeking emergency assistance. HELPLINE is a free, telephone service that provides information and access to medical, dental and mental health care, as well as access to other social service agencies. HELPLINE also provides services at various adult and primary care practices and community colleges.

Local Systems of Care: Parents, businesses, mental health providers, schools, faith-based communities, transitional aged youth, medical centers, recreational programs and others from Brockton, Holbrook, Easton, Avon, Stoughton, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater . . . join together to be part of the Local System of Care Committee. This committee serves as an advisory council for the Community Service Agency (CSA).

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC): A federal public health program, administered locally by BAMSI, that benefits low and moderate-income families. WIC promotes the health and well-being of women, infants, children and their families by offering assistance with nutrition, opportunities to meet and interact with other families and referrals to other resources.

Date published: June 1, 2021

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