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 Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT)                                                                      The Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT) is an exciting collaborative effort between the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), and other Community Mental Health Providers. When a child is newly detained by the court, and removed from his/her family of origin, he/she is eligible for a MAT assessment. The MAT assessment is designed to make sure that all child and family needs are assessed as a child/youth enters foster care. The assessment is meant to help meet some of the special needs a child may have that place a family in danger of a lengthy separation. The information gathered by this assessment is used to determine what services are most needed and how they will be accessed.
Recovery, Resilience and Re-Integration (RRR)
Recovery, Resilience and Re-Integration (RRR) are specialty mental health services provided to children/youth, ages 0-18 years of age, by professionals and paraprofessionals specially trained to recognize and respond to the unique biopsychosocial needs of children/youth. Thirty-five to Seventy percent (35-70%) of all RRR services are to be provided in field-based settings, including but not limited to consumer’s residence, schools, and foster care. RRR services are less intense than those services provided through the Full Service Partnership (FSP) Programs. RRR services are responsive and appropriate to the cultural and linguistic needs of the children/youth and their families and are supported by promising and/or evidence-based practice, wherever and whenever possible.
School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH)
School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) provides comprehensive mental health services in the school setting.  Therapists work with children/youth and families that are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties.  Services provide support, crisis intervention and evidence-based practices (EBP) to help students achieve success  at school, home and in the community.  The overall goal of School-Based Mental Health Services is to provide a comprehensive assessment to children and assist the school and family in addressing the mental health needs of the child.
Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)                                                                          Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) services use evidence-based or promising practices that have treatment plans with specific durations and interventions, which are based on research. Prevention promotes positive cognitive, social and emotional development and increases support to reduce the risk of developing mental illness.  Early Intervention is directed toward individuals and families for whom a short, relatively low-intensity intervention is appropriate to measurably improve mental health problems and avoid the need for more extensive mental health services.

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• 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 disorders
• 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.