In order to assist in promoting a healthier community, Genesis Alliance for Mental Wellness, LLC is dedicated to providing quality services to families, individuals and groups. Our services are tailored to meet the needs of all of our clients.

 




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COMPREHENSIVE CHILD & FAMILY ASSESSMENT (CCFA)
GAMW conducts family assessments for the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). In addition to the required components necessary to complete the assessment, the agency may implement additional assessment tools to better assess family members and their situation. The Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment (CCFA):
  • Identifies key family members and individuals with close ties to the family unit
  • Recognizes patterns of parental behavior, and family functioning patterns over time;
  • Examines the family strengths and needs to identify resources that can support the family’s ability to meet its needs and better protect the children;
  • Addresses the overall needs of the child and family that affect the safety, permanency, and well-being of the child;
  • Considers contributing factors such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, chronic health problems, education, poverty; and
  • Incorporates information gathered through other assessments and focuses on the development of a service plan or plan for intervention with the family. The service plan addresses the major factors that affect safety, permanency, and child well-being over time.
At the end of the assessment, children and their families will receive appropriate services in preparation to have successful outcomes.

RELATIVE HOME EVALUATION
GAMW conducts relative home evaluations to assist Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in placing children with appropriate relatives.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ASSESSMENT
The Domestic Violence Assessment is a comprehensive risk assessment and treatment plan analysis for individuals experiencing physical or non-physical abuse or violence in their interpersonal relationships. Additionally, Domestic Violence Assessors perform service planning and safety planning for clients.

A. Offender Evaluation
Domestic Violence Assessors evaluate the offender’s violence (lethality) potential, assesses control issues, substance (drugs and alcohol) abuse, and stress coping abilities.

B. Victim Evaluation
Domestic Violence Assessors evaluate victims of physical and mental abuse. Several areas are assessed including: truthfulness, distress, morale Scale, self-esteem, resistance, suicide ideation, substance (drugs and alcohol) abuse and stress coping abilities. It screens victims of physical and mental abuse for problems, aftereffects and other issues.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENT
An in-depth substance abuse assessment is conducted for clients identified as having significant substance abuse issues. GAMW staff has been trained to utilize numerous substance abuse assessment tools. The completed written assessment is forwarded to DFCS, DJJ or court for service recommendations.

GAMW staff also conducts substance abuse screening. Many of the clients are referred by DFCS, DJJ, or juvenile and adult court. Additionally, GAMW staff conducts substance abuse assessments for pretrial inmates in the county jail.

In addition to the substance abuse assessment, GAMW staff automatically collects a urine sample from the client and forward it to a laboratory for testing; results accompany written substance abuse assessment. The laboratory tests the specimen for the presence of:
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opiates
  • Marijuana
  • Methodone
  • Alcohol
  • Prescriptive Medication
ANGER MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT
Anger Management Assessment evaluates violent tendencies and patterns, daily behavior/functioning in family and interpersonal relationships, and substance abuse.

JUVENILE VIOLENCE EVALUTION
Juvenile Violence Evaluation focuses on violence patterns of youth. Additionally, this evaluation assesses relevant areas including the youth’s attitudes, feelings and behavior. The written evaluation summarizes several factors including violence, family and interpersonal relationships, explosives, weapons, and gang involvement.

INTENSIVE FAMILY INTERVENTION (IFI) PROGRAM
Intensive Family Intervention (IFI) Program is intended to improve family functioning by clinically stabilizing the living arrangement, promoting reunification or preventing the utilization of out of home therapeutic venues (i.e. psychiatric hospital, therapeutic foster care, therapeutic residential intervention services) for the identified youth. Services are delivered by utilizing a team approach and are provided primarily to youth in their living arrangement and within the family system. Services promote a family-based focus in order to:
  • Diffuse the current behavioral health crisis, evaluate its’ nature and intervene to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence;
  • Ensure linkage to needed community services and resources; and
  • Improve the individual youth’s/ adolescent’s ability to self-recognize and self-manage behavioral health issues, as well as the parents’ responsible caregivers’ capacity to care for their children.
Services include individual and family counseling/training, parenting skill building, behavioral management/modification training, social skill training, life skills training, vocational rehabilitation training, substance abuse therapy and screenings, crisis/relapse intervention, intense supporting resources management, mentoring, and other rehabilitative supports.

Services are based upon a comprehensive assessment and are directed towards the identified youth and his or her behavioral health needs and goals as identified in the Customized Treatment Plan.

Clients must be eligible Medicaid consumers.

IFI Program Design



TRACK 1:
PREVENT PLACEMENT DISRUPTION
TRACK 1:
REUNIFICATION
(DFCS/DJJ Custody Specialized Services )
This track is designed specifically to prevent the need for out-of-home placement due to the youth’s disruptive behavior.

IFI services stabilize a volatile family situation where safety of the youth and others in the home may not be an issue, but may result in a youth’s current relative placement, foster care placement, adoptive placement (adoption finalized or not finalized) or aftercare placement, being at imminent risk of disruption and/or placing the youth at risk of entering foster care or other placement alternatives (wilderness camps, incarceration, psychiatric hospitals etc.).

The program works as a collaborative approach that services the youth, placement relative, DFCS/DJJ representatives, court and other stakeholders.
This track is designed specifically to meet the needs of youth who are in DFCS and DJJ custody and to assist in the process of transitioning him or her to the home of a relative.

IFI services provide an immediate intervention to stabilize and manage the behavior of the youth, which may result in his/her transition home, as well as work with their family to prepare them to deal with the youth who is to be placed into their home.

The program works as a collaborative approach that services the youth, placement relative, DFCS/DJJ representatives, court and other stakeholders.


Wrap-Around Program
Wrap-Around services provide critical support in foster care placement cases with the intent of reunification and promoting safe and stable families (relative, foster, or adoptive).

Individual Therapy

Domestic Violence Services

Substance Abuse Therapy

Social Skills Training

Youth Mentoring

Relative Home Evaluations

Out-of-School Suspension Supervision
Case Management Services

Independent Living Program Workshops
Couple and Family Therapy

Anger Management Treatment

A&D Assessment

Crisis Intervention (Prevent Placement Disruption)

Crisis Intervention (Behavior Management)

Parenting Classes

Tutoring

Psychological & Psychiatric Services

Transportation Services


HOMESTEAD PROGRAM
Homestead services stabilize and help families in need of intensive therapeutic intervention to insure a safe and healthy environment for the family. Homestead Services provide short-term, intensive, crisis-oriented, in-home counseling program in order to stabilize the family and insure a safe and healthy environment for the children. This program attempts to meet the immediate /crisis-oriented needs of families while also beginning to address the root causes of family dysfunction with therapeutic intervention strategies. The Homestead program provides comprehensive assessment, family support, counseling and crisis intervention to manage the risk factors contributing to child abuse and neglect. A family must have an open social services case to receive Homestead services.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Early Intervention/Preventive Services is to provide voluntary family support services and information about community services to prevent problematic family issues from escalating to the point of required CPS intervention. Early Intervention services are available for CPS referrals that are substantiated and closed with dispositions of low risk, referrals that are unsubstantiated and closed, referrals that are screened-out and open cases reassessed as low risk and subsequently closed

PARENT AIDE PROGRAM
The Parent Aide Program is a paraprofessional support program, as opposed to therapeutic intervention. Parent Aide services are most useful for cooperative parents who are experiencing stress and are open to learning new approaches to parenting. These services are not designed to address issues that require clinical intervention. Parents who have chronically neglected, seriously injured, sexually abused, abandoned a child or have a mental illness or disability often need more structured intervention than is available through parent aides.

Goals:
1. to help reduce the risk of child maltreatment;
2. teaching practical parenting knowledge and skills;
3. providing resource information;
4. helping parents become involved in support activities; and
5. providing occasional transportation to obtain resources

GAMW will add several adult mental health rehabilitation programs in 2007.


GAMW conducts full-service, mobile, drug and alcohol screening services. We are one of a few agencies in the state of Georgia that has National Certified Professional Collectors to assure that the procedure is conducted properly. We offer:

I.    Various Screening Methods: Urine, hair and salvia testing.
II.   Laboratory Services: Federally-approved laboratories analyze and produce results relevant to negative and positive drug screenings necessary for court.
III.  Mobile/On-Site Specimen Collection: Travel to client’s location to collect specimen.
IV.  10-Minute Rapid Urinalysis: Collect and confirm results on the spot.