During 2010, the NC agency branched out from HUHFY and developed a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA) under the name of FOCUS Behavioral Health Services, LLC. Through the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, FOCUS met all requirements to achieve the CABHA status. With this certification FOCUS has developed and continue to develop a full continuum of care for children and their families.
FOCUS works closely with community stake-holders, including; primary care physicians, DSS, DJJDP, Guardian Ad Litem, public school system, LME, and other mental health agencies to ensure that all care given to consumers and their families is as integrated and comprehensive as feasibly possible.
THERAPEUTIC GROUP HOME/RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
Our residential facility serves at-risk adolescent males with a history of sexualized behaviors. Our home-like setting provides intensive clinical and experiential services for youth and their families including psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR), basic skills training (BST), individual therapy, offense specific group therapy, family therapy, family night, equine assisted therapy, on-site state approved academics, and child and family team meetings. With our small size and family-style setting, we are able to offer individualized treatment to clients with a wide-variety of needs, including developmental delays, severe emotional disturbance (SED), and behavioral management issues. Our program follows a cognitive-behavior model approach developed by our company’s licensed professionals. Our model works a 5-phase treatment program that focuses on helping youth develop tools to assist them with learning how to connect their feelings to their actions. Families of the youth are involved in the treatment process through monthly family sessions, multi-disciplinary team meetings, weekly visitation, and monthly family night.
Also lending to our program’s success are our experiential learning programs with outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and equine assisted learning. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential challenge activity with horses and youth, where the horses are free to express their personalities and reactions in relation to human interaction in an arena. The goals of this learning method are to facilitate an environment for increased self-awareness, empathy, communication, problem solving, emotional regulation, attention and social skills. This is not a mounted program. Many clients who struggle with traditional styles of learning can make astounding breakthroughs by working experientially with animals.
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