Children in Need of Services / Families in Need of Services

Children in Need of Services / Families in Need of Services (CINS/FINS) is a prevention program for youth from ages 6 to 17 years old and their families. This program is designed to strengthen families and equip young people with coping skills to face various life challenges and keep them out of serious trouble. Young people who are runaways, truant, ungovernable, or have school-related issues can receive free case management services to improve their behavior. Each youth will be provided 90 days of case management service and will follow an individualized service plan based off their results from the prevention assessment tool. The CINS/FINS program links families with counseling, mentoring, tutoring, or therapeutic services as needed.

Eligibility Criteria

Children 6-17 who are facing challenges, such as:

- Truancy
- Runaway
- Anger
- Depression
- School Related Issues
- Lockout / Homeless
- Substance Abuse

- Eating / Sleeping Concerns
- Divorce / Marriage
- Beyond Control
- Relocation
- Lying / Stealing
- Peer Issues
- Violent / Assaulting

Ineligibility Criteria

Children with the following are not eligible:

- An open DCF Investigation or open DJJ case
- An Adjudicated Delinquent Status

Services Offered





Individualized Service Plans

Case Management / Supportive Counseling

Home / School / Court / Office Visits

Emergency Shelters

Service Linkage / Referrals

Staffings and Family Team Meetings

Referral to State Attorney / Filing of Petitions and Focus Groups

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Our Services

Step-by-Step of Services Delivered

Step 1: Referrals
Step 2: Screening
Step 3: Intake
Step 4: Assessments
Step 5: Individualized Service Plan
Step 6: Case Management / Supportive Counseling
Step 7: Emergency Shelter
Step 8: Service Linkage / Referrals
Step 9: Staffing
Step 10: Referral to State Attorney

Step 1: Referrals

Teachers, Parents, Guidance Counselors, and School Social Workers can refer a youth to the program. They must complete a referral form and submit via email to Fax to 594-768-0964

Step 2: Screening

CINS/FINS Counselor will call the family within three days (usually calls upon receipt of referral). The screening will determine family eligibility and parental perspective on the situation. CINS/FINS Lead Counselor will then email you and advise you on whether or not the family accepted services, with the date of scheduled intake.

Step 3: Intake

Our intakes are scheduled within two weeks of referral or contingent upon the urgency and family’s availability/ Crisis cases require immediate attention and an intake is completed within 3 days. In the event that the family does not comply with the scheduled intake date, Counselor will notify you via email. The team will continue attempts to reach the family for a month, which then we will close the referral and file it.

Step 4: Assessments

Assessments will include, but are not limited to-risk factors (family/ youth/ environmental domains), Suicide Questions, Brief FAM III, Substance Abuse Assessment, and Truancy Assessment.

Step 5: Individualized Service Plan

Team based approach goals including the youth, legal guardian/s, and Counselor’s perspectives on assessments’ findings.

Step 6: Case Management / Supportive Counseling

Counseling will be provided to organize, review, follow-up, and update the family. Our assigned Case Manager. All the referrals and case review will be directly contacted by the Case Manager.

Step 7: Emergency Shelter

In collaboration with Lippmann Youth Shelter, shelter placement can be arranged based on the family need. Lippmann does not take youth with open criminal cases, however in the event that there is Domestic Violence present, they will admit the youth.

Step 8: Service Linkage / Referrals

MBHSC has an extended relationship with many community partners that help provide wrap-around services.

Step 9: Staffing

We will call on a staffing when the family or youth is experiencing difficulties following the goals/ the family calls for a team meeting/concerns from a direct caregiver’s or service provider/s arise.

Step 10: Referral to State Attorney

After exhausting all our options and resources, a staffing will be called to address Truancy, Ungovernable Behavior or Runaway and possibly file a petition.

Sponsored by Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Inc. and the State of Florida, Department of Juvenile Justice.