Mental health challenges shouldn’t define an individual’s life. Gulf Coast JFCS Behavioral Health programs encompass resources and support to help individuals manage severe and persistent mental health diagnoses as well as substance abuse issues. Each of these programs equips individuals with needed skills and resources to empower them to build their lives and ultimately gain independence.
Adele Gilbert Residential Treatment Facility
Adele Gilbert Residential Treatment Facility is a 16‑bed-level 2 state-licensed residential treatment program in Pasco County for adult’s age 18+ who have a diagnosed mental illness and may have co-occurring substance abuse issues. The program accepts non-violent forensic referrals that would be better served in a community setting. Services include medication management and education, recovery-oriented life skills training, psychosocial rehabilitation, substance abuse counseling, individual therapy, and other supports for up to three or eight months.
Adult Residential Treatment and Stabilization
Adult Residential Treatment & Stabilization (ARTS) is a 16-bed level 1 state licensed intensive residential program in Broward County for older adults 18+ years of age who have a severe and persistent mental illness and may have co-occurring issues. The program accepts forensic referrals that would be better served in a community setting, as well as from the local state hospital and mental health receiving facilities. The program provides psychiatric services, psychosocial rehabilitation, life skills training, and other supports for approximately three months.
Community Assistance & Life Liaison Program (CALL)
The Community Assistance and Life Liaison program (CALL) is a program led by Gulf Coast JFCS in partnership with St. Petersburg Police Department. A team of clinical staff and community navigators are dispatched to non-violent, non-criminal calls to provide a therapeutic, wrap-around response. The program will roll out in multiple phases, initially embedding CALL team members with police officers and eventually transitioning to an entirely independent response. The CALL program responds to intoxication, drug overdose, mental health crisis, suicide intervention, truancy, homeless complaints, and neighborhood disputes.
Darlington Residential Treatment Facility
Darlington Residential Treatment Facility is a 16-bed-level 2 state licensed facility that provides short-term (3-9 month) residential treatment to adults who are 18+ and are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and/or a co-occurring disorder. The facility provides access to psychiatric medication management services as well as psychosocial rehabilitation, individual counseling, and case management services, in addition to life skills training in a home-like environment that fosters independence and encourages individuals to seek independent living in the community. The facility receives referrals from the local state hospital as well as the mental health receiving facilities, case managers, and family members within the Suncoast Region.
- Must be age 18 or older.
- Diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness as evidenced by a psychiatric evaluation completed within the last year.
- Continent of bowel and bladder.
- Able to function in an unlocked facility and therefore not a danger to self or others.
- Able to self-preserve (ability to recognize danger and take steps to avoid danger).
- No aggression in the last six months.
Domestic Violence Technical Assistance Program
Domestic Violence Technical Assistance Program is a partnership with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to build the capacity of Gulf Coast JFCS to respond to domestic and family violence clients may be experiencing. The program focuses on policy development, training and technical assistance, working across multiple programs to offer resources for staff at all levels of the organization.
Intervention Services provides substance abuse intervention services for adults 18 years and older in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties who present with risk factors for substance misuse. This in-home program provides individualized screening, assessment, and intervention through education, short-term problem solving, advocacy, referral, and follow-up to reduce risk factors and the need for more extensive treatment.
Alcohol/Substance Abuse Warning Signs
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Persistent irritability
- Unexplained chronic pain
- Unusual restlessness or agitation
- Complaints of blurred vision or dry mouth
- Changes in eating habits
- Slurred speech
- Frequent falls or unexplained bruising
Medical Misuse Warning Signs
- General loss of interest
- Memory trouble after taking medication
- Loss of coordination
- Being unsure of oneself
- Having trouble concentrating
- Excessive fatigue or wakefulness
- Confusion about medication use
Depression Warning Signs
- Being easily upset
- Social isolation
- Lack of energy
- Increased forgetfulness
- Neglecting self-care
- Crying easily
- Believing that one can’t do anything worthwhile
- Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed
- Thinking life isn’t worth living
Older Adult Mental Health
Older Adult Mental Health (OAMH-Pinellas and Pasco) serves people 60 years of age or older who would benefit from individual gerontological or mental health counseling services that can be provided in-home or conducted at senior centers or various congregate meal sites in Pasco/Pinellas Counties.
Prevention program provides educational presentations focusing on the prevention of substance abuse and increasing healthy behaviors in our communities. Current prevention efforts include Elder Education, Social Marketing and Parenting from Prison. The program serves more than 5,000 adults annually in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties.