Services and Programs

  • Crisis Intervention
    Immediate appointments are available for children and their families experiencing life crises. Maximum: six visits.
  • Outpatient Mental Health Program
    A comprehensive range of family-focused, child-centered and community-based mental health services provided to target youth identified as severely mentally disordered or with multiple problems resulting from severe disability or impaired home, school and community functioning.
    • Serving clients up to age 21, the approach is geared to meet the needs of children and adolescents, and also to address the issues and needs of family members and caregivers. Caregivers meeting eligibility requirements also may receive time-limited mental health services.
  • Psychosocial/Psychotherapy Program for Those with Developmental Disabilities
    Individual, group and family psychotherapy, socialization/rehabilitation groups and psychiatric support are available to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Youth Development Project
    School-based mental health services including group therapy, teacher consultation, crisis intervention and training are offered to at-risk youths at three Santa Monica schools. Outreach to parents and family therapy also are provided. In addition, outreach and mental health services are provided to Pico Youth & Family Center.
  • Families and Schools Together Team (FAST)
    FAST is a community-based mental health program that provides services to children at several local schools and a Boys and Girls Club. Services include individual, family and group therapy, as well as teacher consultations and crisis intervention on site at the individual schools by English- and Spanish-speaking social workers and psychologists. FAST's focus on helping a child develop emotional health includes building a strong team consisting of parent(s), teachers and school officials, the child and the therapist, all working together to provide encouragement, rules, and social/emotional learning experiences for the child.
  • Partnership for Families Program (PFF)
    The Partnership for Families Program (PFF) is funded by First 5 LA and assists with the prevention of child abuse. PFF is a family strengthening program that provides in-home services to pregnant women and families at-risk due to a history of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health problems. Services include psychoeducation, therapy and linkage to community services for basic needs (food, clothing, shelter and financial stability.)

Birth to Age 5 Programs

  • The Therapeutic Preschool
    The Therapeutic Preschool provides a safe, nurturing environment for children who require early intervention in an intensive day treatment program due to neurological, behavioral and/or psychological disturbances. The program, open to children 21/2 to 5 years old, is nationally recognized and serves as a model for other organizations.
  • Early Childhood Assessment and Treatment Program
    Comprehensive assessment and treatment for infants and children, ages birth to 6 years, and their caregivers are provided when there are concerns a child's behavior is not typical or age-appropriate. Services are provided in the clinic, in home or in preschool settings, and include child-parent/caregiver therapy, family therapy, psycho- education and coordination with other professionals or agencies.
  • Early Childhood Directions
    An infant, toddler and preschool program providing child care services for families with children from 3 months to 6 years of age is available to the community. Saint John's employees are given priority.

Other Services

  • Community Outreach
    Consultation, education and prevention services, such as a speaker's bureau, rap groups or critical incident debriefing are offered in response to identified community needs or crisis.
  • Training and Research
    Training in psychology (American Psychological Association-accredited) and graduate social work is provided on site. Ongoing research conducted in collaboration with local universities, and program evaluation are essential components of all CFDC services.
  • Parent Education
    Skills for successful parenting are taught in a variety of specialized groups. Creative problem solving, strategies for improving child-parent relationships, and approaches to child/adolescent behavior management are stressed.