Field Capable Clinical Services (FCCS) are specialty
mental health services provided to children/youth ages
0-15 by professionals and paraprofessionals specially
trained to recognize and respond to the unique bio-
psychosocial needs of children/youth.
FCCS are voluntary programs that focus on providing services to children/youth and their
families who may be reluctant or unable to seek services in traditional mental health clinics due
to stigma, lack of funding, transportation or physical difficulties and/or geographic limitations.
At Optimist, FCCS is delivered in a multi-disciplinary team that consists of a a social worker, a
supervisor, a Parent Advocate and a psychiatrist (if needed) on a case-by-case basis. Mental
health services are delivered at a site conducive and comfortable to the client, with the goal to
engage and retain the client in services.
THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPANTS AND POPULATIONS ARE THE
FOCAL POINT FOR OPTIMIST’S FCCS PROGRAM:
• Children/youth who are in the foster care system or at risk of placement
• Children/youth who have co-occurring substance abuse, developmental or medical
• Children/youth who are at serious risk of school failure
• Children/youth who are at serious risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system
• Children/youth who have experienced trauma
• Children/youth for whom intensive FSP services are not appropriate or available
• Children/youth who have a history of recent psychiatric hospitalizations or are at high risk
for psychiatric hospitalization
• Children/youth who are at serious risk for suicide.
Partners/Advocates receive supervision from the professional staff of the FCCS team to
which they are assigned.