Project F.I.N.D.

Family Integrity Network Demonstration (F.I.N.D.)
Project F.I.N.D. is a program designed to provide mental health services for children, adolescents and their families, to aid in preventing out of home placement of these children and adolescents.

Project F.I.N.D. provides intervention that is timely, accessible, and intense. The services are provided on an outreach basis, with professional staff dispatched to work intensively with children and families in their homes. The staff includes five two-person therapist teams and four case managers, and a follow-up therapist.

Children and adolescents referred to this program usually exhibiting have severe emotional/behavioral problems. The problematic behavior should be of a duration and frequency that disrupts severely the functioning of the family, and/or the child's functioning in the family, with peers, or in school performance, or in using/acquiring age appropriate basic living skills. The term "Children" includes persons in the age range from five to seventeen. For in-home intervention to occur the child must also be in danger of imminent removal from the home.

Project F.I.N.D. is two fold in its purpose. The primary mission is to intervene in a crisis to prevent out-of-home placement of a child while providing professional assistance to increase and maintain family cohesion.

Project F.I.N.D.'s second priority is to utilize case managers to assist families in locating and using community services from which they may have been previously isolated. The case managers also may provide placement follow up to assist in reunification of a child and his/her family.

Family Court Liaison Program
The Authority has placed an employee at the Jefferson County Family Court to provide mental health liaison services. This position involves providing direct liaison services to emotionally/behaviorally disturbed children and their families involved with the Jefferson County Family Court. This employee is responsible for clinical assessment of client needs, and to advocate for appropriate least restrictive alternatives. This employee works directly with the Family Court Judges, probation officers, and staff of the court in accessing and implementing mental health services.

Department Of Human Resources Liaison
The Authority has placed an employee at the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources to provide mental health liaison services. This position involves providing direct liaison services to emotionally/behaviorally disturbed children and their families involved with the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources. This employee is reponsible for clinical assessment of client needs, and to advocate for appropriate least restrictive alternatives. This employee works directly with the staff of the Department of Human Resources in accessing and implementing mental health services.

Department Of Human Resources Team
Through a cooperative funding and administrative arrangement between the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Authority, a specialized FIND Team was developed to provide services to DHR children and their families. This team works specifically with children who are involved with DHR, and who are between the ages of 5 to 17, living in Jefferson County, and who have Medicaid and a DSM-IV Diagnosis. The primary goal of this team is to prevent disruption of placement, and removal from their homes. This team began providing services in 1993.

Contact Information

JBS Childrens Services
940 Montclair Road Suite 200
Birmingham, AL 35213
205-595-4555 (205)595-7499[fax]
Project Director: Tim Dollard, M.S., L.P.C.