Catholic Community Services Family Behavioral Health Southend site is a licensed children’s mental health and foster care provider, serving youth from 5 to 18 years of age. Youth must be authorized and referred for services by one of our contracted funders. Our mental health funders are Health Share of Oregon, Family Care, and Optum (including Providence Behavioral Health and United Behavioral Health), while our foster care funder is Oregon’s Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division. Our mission is to provide a community-based alternative for youth with mental health challenges and their families, allowing them to live safely in their homes and community and avoiding institutional care whenever possible.
The youth we serve are often at risk of out of home placement due to the severity of their mental health or behavioral issues, and other providers with lower levels of care have been unsuccessful in meeting their needs. The intensive mental health treatment services we provide are designed to mitigate high-risk behaviors, promote skill development, decrease isolation by increasing connection to natural supports, maintain the youth’s school and home placements and work toward transition to sustainable lower level services. All of our services are provided in nontraditional settings, including the youth and family’s home, school and other community-based settings.
What We Do
A short-term (90 days or less) service designed to stabilize youth experiencing a mental health crisis in the community. We are currently contracted to provide this service to clients insured by Family Care, Health Share Clackamas County and Optum (including United Behavioral Health and Providence Behavioral Health). This mobile crisis service is available 24/7. The responding therapist provides an assessment of the youth in collaboration with the family and determines if the youth’s needs can be safely served through intensive services provided in the home and community. Enrollment in these services provides the youth and family with immediate access to an array of individualized services including individual and family therapy, 24/7 phone and in-person crisis support, skills training, peer support, psychiatric medication management and in some cases short-term respite services. The primary therapist works with the family to collaborate around the best ways to individualize and utilize these services to support the youth and family.
Wraparound services are a strengths-based team process with clear goals. We are currently contracted to provide this service, also known as Intensive Community-Based Treatment Services (ICTS) and Home Based Stabilization Services, to youth and families referred to us by Family Care and Health Share of Oregon. Each youth has a CCS team made up of a Family Therapist, Family Partner, Skills Training Staff and our Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who thoroughly assess each youth’s needs and strengths. The therapist works with the youth and family to form a collaborative Child and Family Team, including both natural and professional supports involved in the youth’s life. We guide and support the youth and family in goal setting, strengths and needs identification, brainstorming options and strategies and making a plan with clear individual assignments to take action. The therapist ensures family voice and ownership in plan development and decision making. They also work to maintain a spirit of optimism and hopefulness, encouraging team members never to give up. Services typically last 6-9 months, leading to greater stability, safety, and success in the community.
Family Search & Engagement
“Children need their families and families need their children.” Family Search and Engagement services in the Portland office are provided to bring additional support around permanency for our mental health clients as well as youth in our BRS foster care placements by collaborating with the systems in each youth’s life in order to support their need for safe connections to their family. Through Family Search and Engagement, children and youth are able to learn about their family, build a sense of identity, and form connections with safe family members. For some children in foster care, this can lead to a family placement or adoption plan. CCS currently has two full-time staff working to engage family and other natural supports in our clients’ lives. One staff member is based in the CCS office in Portland and the other works out of the two Washington County DHS offices. The Family Search and Engagement program is vigorously growing and has several additional service sites in development in the Portland Metro area. CCS Family Search and Engagement also provides training to community partners around ways to engage families and support children in gaining a connection with their family.
Therapeutic Foster Care Services
BRS Foster Care services are designed to provide a community-based temporary resource for Metro area youth ages 5-18 while their Child and Family Team works to pursue permanency options. Youth referred for placement often have a history of residential instability and no clear long-term permanency plan. While the youth is living in our foster home, CCS staff work with the youth’s DHS guardian and Child and Family Team to identify and develop permanency options, which can include providing Family Search and Engagement, providing intensive home and community-based reunification supports and services, or supporting DHS in identifying and preparing an adoptive resource. We see our homes as a temporary community-based resource that allows youth to avoid institutional care and ultimately find their forever home.