Press Room; The CGC Fact Sheet.
OUR MISSION: Improving lives by providing behavioral health solutions.
OUR HISTORY: Child Guidance Center, founded in 1951, is the largest provider of outpatient and community-based mental health and behavioral services to children, adolescents and their families in Jacksonville. The Center employs over 130 professionals who provide integrated services to more than 5,659 children, adolescents and families each year. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities awarded the highest level of accreditation to Child Guidance Center for school-based, outpatient, and case management services.
Outpatient Services: At the core of Child Guidance Center’s programs is outpatient counseling. Outpatient counseling consists of individual and family therapy, group therapy, and parental support. This service is available to all children, adolescents, and families who meet clinical criteria. Child Guidance Center operates four Outpatient offices located conveniently throughout Jacksonville and a fifth outpatient office located in Baker County at our Macclenny office.
Case Management Services: Targeted Case Managers work with the child and family to link them with needed community services, while monitoring and evaluating the services they are receiving. Case Managers act as advocates for the child and family.
Community Family Services: Community therapists provide in-home and on-site therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families, including children in foster care, who are having serious emotional problems.
School Support Services: Therapists are in classrooms, 1-2 hours each week, to assist/participate in several areas: assessment of classroom and individual needs, teacher collaboration, large and small group behavioral health activities. The intent is to focus on common issues of concern effecting academic achievement, i.e. peer interaction/social skills, as well as to work with identified children requiring individual attention.
Family Services Planning Team (FSPT): This team, chaired by Child Guidance Center staff, consists of a group of representatives from various agencies who collaboratively are responsible for coordinating community-based support services for children who are at risk of losing their current home placement due to behaviors attributed to emotional disturbance.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Program: The FASD Program is funded by a grant from Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Program provides diagnosis, evaluation, and some intervention services, when necessary, to children who receive other services from Child Guidance Center. The children are evaluated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Psychologist, an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Pathologist, as needed, and a Geneticist.
Full Service School Counseling: Counseling is provided at seven high schools and their feeder schools located across Duval County. Individual, family and group sessions are provided. This program empowers family members to become actively involved in their child’s education and healthy emotional development.
High Risk Newborn Program: The Program serves families with children under 2 who are at risk of abuse or neglect. The services provided include dyadic therapy with the primary caretaker and the child, family therapy, individual therapy, play therapy and case management. The specific services are determined by the family’s needs. Services are delivered in the home setting.
Psychiatric Services: Psychiatric services can be accessed through all programs at Child Guidance Center.
Clients are provided the following services: Psychiatric Evaluation, Team Treatment Planning, and Medication Management.
Rapid Response Program – The Team’s objective is to reduce the number of children hospitalized through the Baker Act and to ensure follow-up services are provided to the child after the crisis intervention episode. Referrals are accepted from Duval County Public Schools and from Foster Care Hot Lines.
School-Based Counseling Programs: In-school counseling and educational services are provided to students assigned to the Excel/EBD Program in seven Duval County Public Schools.
Supervised Visitation/Parent Education: Parent Education offers the Nurturing Parenting Program for parents who have a case plan that requires parent education. Supervised Visitation is provided for families whose children are in out-of- home placements, such as foster care, and in need of supervision during visitation to assure child safety.
OUR SUPPORT: Duval County Public Schools, Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc., Florida Department of Children & Families, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, United Way of Northeast Florida and Medicaid.