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Barbara E. Daire LCSW
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Last updated: 4/13/2017
Barbara E. Daire LCSW
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Suncoast Center, Inc.
P.O Box 10970
St Petersburg
33733  United States
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727 327-7656 (Phone)
727 327-0350 (Fax)
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  Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Pasco Counties.
  * Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC is a group of child-focused programs (services that can be obtained at Suncoast Center and also services provided by other agencies) that come together to prevent and treat victims of child abuse cases. The overarching goal of all CAC's is to make sure that children are not further victimized by systems designed to protect them. The Children’s Advocacy Center is present to support the child and the child’s family or caretaker during and after the review of the case, providing advocacy support and behavioral health services.

* Adult Case Management. Adult Case Management services are designed to provide continuity of care and improve recovery and quality of life to priority individuals age 18 or over diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Adult Case Management centers on recovery as a continual commitment to cope with psychiatric disabilities; overcome setbacks; make productive choices and reclaim one's quality of life.

* Child Protection Team. The Child Protection Team is a medically directed, multidisciplinary program based on the idea that child abuse and neglect involve complex issues and require the expertise of many professionals in order to protect children. The Child Protection Team is major component of the Children's Advocacy Center at Suncoast Center, Inc. The program provides expertise in evaluating alleged maltreatments of child abuse and neglect, assessing risk factors, and providing recommendations for interventions to protect children and enhance families’ capacities to provide a safer environment when possible. The purpose of the Team is to assist Child Protective Investigations and law enforcement in their investigations of child abuse cases with the provision of diagnostic services, case consultation, and assessment services.

* Medical Foster Care (MFC). Medical Foster Care is a home-based program for children who have complex medical problems and who are unable to live with their families. The MFC Program allows a foster child with a chronic medical condition to grow and develop in a family setting in a state licensed foster home that is supervised by a Registered Nurse. MFC parents are trained and certified as Medicaid providers of personal care services for these children. One of this program's most important roles is to return the child to their birth family by training the family to care for their child's special medical needs.

* Forensic Specialist Services. This program is designed to provide community based support services to individuals who have been adjudicated incompetent to proceed to trial, or not guilty by reason of insanity, and placed on a conditional release order. The primary focus is to provide assessment, service planning, advocacy through the judicial system, linkage and brokerage to community based services, competency restoration training, and monitoring.

* Forensic Focused Outreach. The Forensic Focused Outreach Program is a jail diversion and transition program operating at several Pinellas County locations. The program provides integrated mental health and substance abuse services to adults involved in the criminal justice system who have no financial resources and have been diagnosed with a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder. The program provides ongoing mental health and substance abuse needs assessment; negotiation and advocacy on behalf of the individual with the court and other legal systems; supportive case management and treatment; psychiatric and psychopharmacological treatment with the provision of psychotropic medications; integrated substance abuse and mental health therapy and psycho-educational group therapy; and referral services linking individuals to community resources, benefits and entitlements.

* Trauma Services. Trauma Services includes the combination of services provided for victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault Trauma Services provides comprehensive prevention, education, and treatment for child and adult sexual assault survivors and their families. Program objectives include reduction of trauma symptoms reported by survivors, education of child survivors to reduce risk of further assault, restoration of trust and self-esteem, support and education to families recovering from trauma. The program also provides Primary Prevention Education, an initiative that delivers violence prevention curricula to schools and professional organizations at no cost. Trauma Services also operates a 24 hour rape crisis hotline. Suncoast Center is Pinellas County’s certified Rape Crisis Treatment Center accredited through the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and includes the provision of Sexual Assault Victims Exams through the SAVE program..

* Early Childhood Services. Early Childhood Services provides specialized services for young children up to age six (6) who have been exposed to violence or other trauma and/or experiencing social/emotional or behavioral difficulties. Services are provided in the family's home, or an office location if requested (classroom visits are also available).

* Adult Integrated Services. Adult Integrated Services provides an array of medical and non-medical mental health treatment for individuals with depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, medication issues, as well as priority services to IV drug users, pregnant women and clients involved with child welfare investigations. Medical treatment includes: psychiatric evaluation; medication management; consultation; laboratory services related to medication management; a medication line; and open access groups during office hours in response to urgent concerns.. Non-medical treatment services include: integrated mental health and substance use treatment, biopsychosocial assessment, treatment planning, individual, couples, family and group therapy, , crisis intervention, education, family support, psychosocial rehabilitation services, and referral services. The treatment approaches are recovery-oriented and focused on individual strengths and resources.

* Florida Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team. The FACT Team provides highly individualized, long-term, intensive, assertive community treatment that includes specialized community-based treatment, rehabilitation, and support services. Services are provided to adults over the age of 18 who are diagnosed with a mental illness. Specifically, the FACT Team provides psychopharmacologic treatment; individual therapy; crisis assessment and intervention; substance abuse treatment; work related services; support in activities of daily living; social, interpersonal relationship and leisure time training and support; assistance with securing safe, decent and affordable living arrangements; case management services; education, support and consultation to the person’s family and significant others; competency training; and support and advocacy through the legal system.

* School Based Health Services. The program staffs three Pinellas County Health Department Clinics at Northeast High School, Boca Ciega High School and Gibbs High Schools with licensed clinical therapists. These therapists provide assessment, treatment planning, therapy services (individual, family and group counseling) and referrals to community resources to students at the school who have been referred to the clinic for a wide range of issues. Services are provided for a length of time decided upon by the student, their family and/or the therapist. Services may only be provided while the student is enrolled at the school where the clinic is located. The overarching goal of the health clinics is to provide healthcare (including mental health) so that students are healthy, safe and back in the classroom prepared to learn.

* Total Family Strategy. The Total Family Strategy (TFS) Program offers different levels of care depending on the needs of the family. The three levels of care available to families are: Parent Aide/peer to peer, family case management, and therapeutic services. The Parent Aide (based on the National Exchange Club Foundation Parent Aide Model) component offers a preventative level of services through peer-to-peer counseling and mentoring in the areas of parent education, emotional support, home management skills, parent support groups, referrals to resources and workshops. The team encourages and teaches parents through role modeling and coaching to work together to enhance parenting skills and reduce parenting stress. Those families who are in need of Case Management services are assigned a Bachelor’s level staff member. Each staff member within this level of care has received training to provide intensive case management. These case managers can assist families with financial education, enrollment for other needed services, parenting, home education, organization, and many more case management services. Case Management services are designed to be short term to assist with the success of the family’s goals. The TFS Family Therapy services component provides in-home family centered on the family's goals toward developing strong coping skills and personal growth, this level of care assists in resolving challenging issues such as mental health care needs, substance abuse issues, and more. A unique aspect of this program is to promote a strong sense of social support through regularly-scheduled community activities and events that the families plan themselves and which encourage of family-to-family interaction and connections.

* Intensive Family Services. This program provides in home services families with children ages 0-17 where there is a mental health issue which negatively impacts the family stability and without intervention may result in the removal of a child. Services are provided within a solution focused and competency based perspective. This level of care provides in depth screening and assessments of individuals and families to determine care issues and treatment needs, family therapy, individual and couples therapy. Families served are provided with cell phone accessibility and on-call response available 24/7 by master’s degree level staff. This program also offers intensive counseling services for families who qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding. Suncoast Center’s goal is to prevent out of home placement, child maltreatment, and increase the success rate for family stability.

* Family Integrated Services. The goal of Family Integrated Services is to provide effective, efficient and quality mental health and substance abuse services to children and families. Services include mental health assessment, counseling, psychiatric evaluation and medication services to children under 18 and their family members residing in Pinellas County. Referrals may also be in regards to children under 18 having a substance abuse problem, or who have been affected by an adult in their life who has been abusing substances. Services are provided in office and are family-centered, and solution focused. When indicated, outpatient psychotherapy is provided concurrently with medication management and Children’s Targeted Case Management.
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