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At Directions for Living, we are proud to provide the highest quality of services for clients in need throughout our community, from therapy for those with a history of trauma to intensive, wraparound services for families at-risk of entering the child welfare system. All of these services are inter-connected along a continuum of care, and designed so that no matter how you first access Directions for Living’s services, you will have a variety of additional resources available to you as needed.  These integrated services are ever-evolving as we respond to new trends in client needs and as we incorporate the newest evidence based practices. We divide our services into four main categories: Child Safety and Family Preservation, Children’s Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, and Prevention/Wellness/Recovery services. Learn more below:

OUR SERVICES
CHILD SAFETY AND FAMILY PRESERVATION

Our Child Safety and Family Preservation services are for families who have entered, or are at-risk of entering, the child welfare system. We help keep families from entering the system by providing intensive in-home services, and we also provide reunification services to families who are already involved in the child welfare system.

These services include:

FAMILY WORKS

In partnership with Eckerd Connects
In coordination with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Child Protection Investigation Division, Family Works is Pinellas County’s Diversion Services program for families who are at high risk for entering the child welfare system. Through this program, Directions for Living provides and coordinates resources for families in need, wraps them in the care they require – from housing to therapy to parenting skills, and helps avoid unnecessarily removing children from their home in order to preserve families.

EARLY CHILDHOOD COURT

Early Childhood Court is a collaboration of several community partners focused exclusively on the goal of safe, rapid reunification for Pinellas County families with children 0-3 years old. Throughout the process, a team of individuals work closely with families in the child welfare system, in order to enhance the parent-child relationship during the difficult time of separation, and to focus on the completion of their case plan services to ensure permanency is achieved as soon as safely possible.

In partnership with the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Eckerd Connects, USFSP, Guardian ad Litem, Juvenile Welfare Board, State Attorney’s Office, Regional Conflict Counsel, and Department of Children and Families

PROJECT H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Parents Excel)

Working with families throughout the county who are in need of reunification and preservation support within the child dependency system, Project H.O.P.E. services are initiated to expedite the process of children coming home as soon and as safely as possible.

FAMILY INTENSIVE TREATMENT (FIT) TEAM

In partnership with Juvenile Welfare Board
FIT provides intensive in-home services to parents who are living with a substance use disorder and who are involved with the child welfare system. By providing wrap-around services, FIT assists in reducing the impact parental substance use has on the family, community, and child welfare system. The FIT Team includes a Counselor to address therapeutic needs, a Case Manager to improve parents’ ability to access community resources, and a Peer Recovery Specialist to provide lived-experience mentoring.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSULTATION

Our Behavioral Health Consultant is a subject matter expert on mental health who is co-located with child protective investigators and child welfare staff in Highlands and Hardee counties and assists these teams in assessing behavioral health needs for individuals involved in the child welfare system.

CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH

Our Children’s Mental Health services are designed for children who have experienced trauma, including loss and grief, depression, anxiety, abuse histories and addictions. These services can be provided at our Largo Center, or even in the child’s home, which often allows them to feel most comfortable.

These services include:

CHILDREN'S THERAPY

In partnership with the Juvenile Welfare Board and Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Therapy for our littlest clients can be individual or with the whole family, and assists in managing mild to moderate behavioral or emotional needs which can stem from trauma, including school behavior difficulties, adoption related issues, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, abuse histories, and addictions. We teach kids problem solving skills, behavior strategies, and anger management skills, among other therapeutic tools.

TREATMENT WORKS

In partnership with Pinellas County Schools
Treatment Works, created as a result of the Parkland School Shooting and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, is an intensive in-home service working with youth who have been identified by the Pinellas County School System as a threat to either themselves or others. Treatment Works service delivery design is modeled after our innovative diversion model, Family Works. The Integrated Decision Team will identify the needs and resources for the youth and their family and will Establish creative and effective safety and treatment plans, delivering the right service at the right time to meet the safety needs of the children to ensure that they are stabilized
and prepared to reenter their educational environment.

CHILDREN'S PSYCHIATRY

In partnership with Juvenile Welfare Board and Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Children’s Psychiatry evaluates and treats children with acute, mild to severe, and / or chronic emotional or mental illness through medication therapy and monitoring, including the treatment of commonly diagnosed childhood disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

ADULT MENTAL HEALTH

Our Adult Mental Health services are centered on evidence-based practices and the latest research-supported interventions to restore and improve the quality of life for each individual served.

These services include:

ADULT THERAPY

In partnership with Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Adult Therapy includes individual, couples’, and family counseling for those affected by trauma, mental illness, or substance abuse, using evidence-based practices and the latest research-supported interventions to restore and improve the quality of life for each individual served.

GROUP THERAPY

In partnership with Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Facilitated by Recovery Peer Specialists or Counselors, our groups for teens and adults allow clients to share and relate to each other while learning new coping skills, life skills training, addiction supports, and more.

MENTAL HEALTH NAVIGATORS

In partnership with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Directions for Living employs two full-time Licensed Therapists, referred to as Navigators, who are partnered with law enforcement officers to respond to and follow up on mental health-related calls. The newly formed PCSO Mental Health Unit aims to correctly respond to individuals that are coming into frequent contact with law enforcement due to their mental illness. The Unit provides and links them to services that will hopefully lead to a more permanent solution.

ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT (AOT)

Assisted Outpatient Treatment is an intensive wraparound approach to treat individuals who are not following voluntary outpatient treatment resulting in frequent Baker Acts/Arrests due to their mental health issues. In this program, individuals are court-ordered into a 90-day intensive program with the projected outcome that they will be successfully graduated to voluntary outpatient for ongoing support. AOT is a partnership between DFL and Pinellas County Health and Human Services and is a court-ordered
treatment program.

ADULT PSYCHIATRY

In partnership with Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Adult Psychiatry evaluates and treats those with acute, mild to severe, and / or chronic emotional or mental illness through medication therapy and monitoring.

CO-LOCATED CARE

In partnership with Pinellas County
We partner with dozens of locations across the community to provide specialized mental health services so that even more Pinellas County residents have access to Directions for Living’s care. These co-locations include local Departments of Health, shelters, clinics, outreach centers, and more.

MENTAL HEALTH CHECK TEAM

In partnership with Clearwater Police Department
Directions for Living staff work on the Mental Health Check Team to help those who are coming into frequent contact with law enforcement due to their mental illness. The team encourages these clients to engage with services that will help provide them stability and treatment.

PREVENTION, WELLNESS, & RECOVERY

Our Prevention, Wellness, and Recovery services are centered on serving children, adults, and families in the Tampa Bay area who can benefit from enhanced or specialized programs for their needs.

These services include:

CASE MANAGEMENT

In partnership with Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Through case management, we provide recovery-based and individualized supports including assessment, linkage, advocacy, and monitoring for adults and children with a severe and persistent mental illness.

HOMELESS SERVICES

In partnership with the Homeless Leadership Board and the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
We help adults and families living without homes, or at risk of homelessness, by linking them to a variety of resources and providing psychiatric care throughout the community, including at local shelters.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CONSULTATION (ECC)

In partnership with the Juvenile Welfare Board
ECC provides in-home parenting skills training for parents and on-site training for child care personnel. Our Early Childhood Specialists offer training in caring for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (0-5) and provide coordination to our therapy services for those with more intensive behavioral and emotional problems.

CERTIFIED RECOVERY PEER SPECIALIST SERVICES

We employ three Certified Recovery Peer Specialists, staff with their own lived experience of having severe mental illness, who assist clients through mentoring, advocacy, and other supports.

PHARMACY SERVICES

Directions for Living is proud to partner with Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company, to host a full service in-house pharmacy for the convenience of our clients to fill any or all of their medications. Click here for more information on the pharmacy.

SOAR

This program is designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for adults who are experiencing or are at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Directions for Living has four SOAR Benefit Specialists and a SOAR Coordinator for Pinellas County.

PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

In partnership with the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network and the Juvenile Welfare Board
This is a service provided to children or adults seeking testing for a variety of psychological, cognitive, and / or behavioral disorders, from IQ to emotional functioning to autism spectrum tests and more.

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