Families seeking help may contact the Four County Family Center directly. We have offices in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams Counties. All offices can be accessed through our central telephone number. Referrals from schools, courts and other community organizations are also welcome. For those that qualify, there is a sliding fee scale based on the size of the household and on the income. As appropriate, we also work with Medicaid, private health insurance and the Four County ADAMH’s Board.
Four County Family Center is ready to help you deal with life's challenges:
- School Problems
- Communication Issues
- Parenting Challenges
- Sibling Issues
- Adjustment Difficulties
- Grief and Loss
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Violence or Aggressive Behavior
- Abuse (physical or sexual)
- Unexplained Behavioral Changes
- Self Injurious Behaviors
- Stress Management
- Family and Marital Counseling
A clinical review of an individual or family with the emphasis on how their specific concern impacts their personal situation. Clinical recommendations are made giving options that are available to them.
For individuals, groups or families designed to help assist in decreasing personal issues many people face due to stress, conflicts or life changes. We have 2 Child and Adolescent Board Certified Psychiatrists.
Intensive Home-based Treatment:
Intensive Home-based Therapy Program (IHBT) is a comprehensive service that combines mental health services into a single coordinated service which includes case management, mental health assessment, crisis response, behavioral health counseling and therapy and social services. Sessions are held within the client’s home to provide the structure to help the family function at their highest level of ability. The target population for IHBT is children with severe behavior issues who are at risk of being removed from their home.
Family Systems Therapy:
Home-based treatment that is designed to work with the family as a whole in order to decrease conflict and improve family communication.
Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment:
Includes linking, referring and supporting families to receive appropriate services in the community. Some of the services provided are resource assistance, crisis support and coordination of services. Our case managers work in the community to link and support families. We educate parents and others in effective parenting techniques. We pride ourselves on our small caseloads and hands-on approach with each family. Services are tailored to help the client and their families manage life's challenges.
Intensive Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (ICPST):
Is for children who are involved with multiple systems, are at risk of being removed from their home and have a high need for collaboration between professionals and the family.
The ICPST worker will meet with the family on a regular basis to model parenting skills and implement behavior plans. They will also teach social and anger management skills to the child as needed. The worker will coordinate family team meetings to ensure that all professionals and support systems are working together with the family. Finally, the worker will link the family to needed resources that will assist in stabilizing the family.
Pharmacological Management Services:
A psychiatric/medical intervention used to reduce/stabilize and/or eliminate psychiatric symptoms with the goal of improved functioning, including management and reduction of symptoms. We have two child and adolescent board certified psychiatrists.
Outreach Prevention Programs
FAST (Families and Schools Together):
FAST is an early intervention and prevention program designed to assist children and their families in being more successful in school, as a family and in life. This is a collaborative effort between community agencies and the school bringing the families together for support and guidance in learning how to communicate more effectively and have fun. The program builds bridges between families and schools and the community.
The goals of this program aim to:
- Strengthen the parent-child bond
- Increase parental involvement on multiple levels, including social networks
- Enhance family functioning
- Promotes success in school
- Reduce the risk factor of substance abuse by the child and the family
- Reduce the risk factor of chronic daily stress
Focuses on elementary age children and their families. The core of the program involves eight weekly multi-family meetings held at the school. Each weekly session includes the following seven key elements:
- Meal shared as a family
- Several family communication games played at the family table
- A fixed door prize (each family wins once)
- A self-help parent support group
- Time for couples
- One to one quality play time between the invited child and a parent
- Closing circle time
FAST combines and applies several concepts that have been evaluated, statistically-tested, and found to be effective in promoting child resilience and preventing school failure, delinquency, and substance abuse. Psychiatric research on play therapy, empirically tested family therapy techniques, stress reduction through group support, and a strategy of parent empowerment provide the program’s foundation.
Middle School FAST:
Is a collaborative, evidence-based program (model evidence-based for SAMSHA) that involves middle school youth with their parents and whole families in building relationships so that parents can more easily help their youth succeed in school. The program works with families of middle-school youth on two levels through:
- A peer group
- A multi-family group
The program works to build multiple levels of protective factors against:
- School Failure
- Substance Abuse
The main goal of the Middle School FAST program is to increase the likelihood of the youth being successful in the home, in middle school and in the community.
Please click here to look at an example of just what the FAST program provides
It Takes Two:
Is an outreach program which teaches non-custodial parents to play a positive physical, financial and emotional role in their children’s lives. Referrals into the program are from child support enforcement. The program is designed to help fathers gain and maintain employment in order to meet the needs of their children.
Is an evidence based prevention program for young children. The program is designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioral and emotional problems in young children. Ultimately, the aim of the teacher, parent, and child training programs is to prevent and reduce the occurrence of aggressive behavior, thus reducing the chance of developing later delinquent behaviors. Incredible Years addresses multiple risk factors known to be related to the development of conduct disorders in children in both school and home.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMH):
ECMH targets children ages 0-6. Early Childhood Mental Health is defined as healthy cognitive and emotional development for every child. It is development that provides the foundation for learning even prior to preschool. It can be thought of as healthy social-emotional development in very young children. Children who live in chaotic environments, who have cognitive or sensory impairments or have difficulty establishing relationships with adults, are at risk of developing long lasting behavioral problems or social problems. Identifying difficulties early, in the 0-6 year age range, and providing families with the proper assessments and interventions can make the difference in the child’s life. The objective of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and training is to provide the assessments and interventions for the child, family and care provider.
Signs of Suicide (SOS):
SOS is a school based prevention program that incorporates two prominent suicide prevention strategies into a single program. It combines a curriculum that aims to raise awareness of suicide and its related issues with a brief screening for depression and other risk factors. The educational component is expected to reduce suicidality by increasing students' understanding of and promoting more adaptive attitudes toward depression and suicidal behavior. The self-screening component enables students to recognize depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in themselves and promotes them to seek assistance. A crucial part of SOS is promoting the understanding that suicide is a feature of mental illness and is, in fact, a part of the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder.
The goal of the SOS program is to make the action step, ACT, instinctual. The acronym ACT stands for Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. One must first acknowledge the signs of suicide that others display and take them seriously. Next, one must let the person know that you care about them and that you want to help. Lastly, youth are instructed to tell a responsible adult.