C.H.O.I.C.E.S., which stands for Community Health, Outreach, Intervention and Clinical Engagement Services, is a specialized outpatient community mental health treatment program at the AFS that provides intensive, community based individual and family counseling as well as group therapy services. This program embodies a person centered and family driven approach to assessment and treatment planning. C.H.O.I.C.E.S. provides effective service delivery within a trauma informed system of care utilizing observations supported and evidenced based modalities.
Through therapy, substance abuse education and treatment and parent education, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. clinicians help improve the quality of life for youth and families, empowering them to restore successful living, improve healthy psychological functioning, promote the learning of new skills for successful relationships and ultimately promote safer communities. The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. program provides services to at-risk, diversion and adjudicated youth and families, and to individuals throughout Wayne County. Services for court involved youth are designed to prevent contact with the juvenile justice system, to prevent further penetration into the juvenile justice system and to successfully navigate toward positive termination from the juvenile justice system.
This program provides a wide variety of therapies that have proven to be effective in dealing with child and family issues. Sessions can take place in the privacy of the family home or can also be scheduled at the AFS office or other sites. Appointments can be scheduled in the morning, afternoon or evening to accommodate family schedules. Office based group counseling is also available when needed.
Referrals are accepted for youth and families dealing with the following serious life issues:
- Conflict Resolution
- Grief and Loss
- Substance Abuse
- Anger Management
- Parent / Child Relational Problems
- Mood and Anxiety Problems
- Identity Challenges
- Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Disorders
- Behavioral Problems
C.H.O.I.C.E.S. therapists possess Master’s degrees, are licensed through the State of Michigan, are credentialed Child Mental Health Professionals and are specifically trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to resolve trauma related issues. The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. program is an impaneled provider for the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority.
The Clinical Services program is responsible for the provision of all psychological and psychiatric evaluations conducted by the AFS, including medication reviews for psychotropic regimens prescribed by the AFS psychiatrist. Each evaluation includes collaboration with AFS Assessment Specialists, the AFS Substance Abuse Services program, and the Care Management Organizations (CMOs). Its services are an important adjunct to the AFS CHOICES department in the provision of community-based mental health for youth diagnosed with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED).
Psychological and psychiatric evaluations are provided to both adjudicated and non-adjudicated juveniles, as well as court-ordered Child Welfare individuals, for reasons related to court orders, treatment planning, service implementation and court disposition determinations. The Clinical Services program provides reliable evaluations for all referred individuals, as well as facilitates access to community mental health services using standardized, objective and clinical procedures to provide competent and insightful individualized recommendations.