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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Education, Educational Services, Mental Health, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: Cfgc's mission is to empower children and families to achieve health and well-being through innovative mental health services and community programs, upholding the values of integrity, quality, commitment, innovation and resiliency. Cfgc has 321 employees, including many mental health professionals operating in nine (9) locations in the southern california area.

Programs: The contract program with the los angeles county department of mental health covers the community services outpatient program to assist children and adolescents with serious emotional and/or behavioral disabilities, and their families, in gaining the social and functional skills necessary for appropriate developmental and social integration, as well as the amelioration of emotional distress and disability through a wide array of services. Cfgc's community services advances client care through the provision of services that are strength-based, family oriented, accessible, culturally relevant, flexible and individualized. Anticipated outcomes include: symptom reduction, improved functioning, decreased behavioral difficulties, increased school attendance, decreased contacts with juvenile justice and decreased out-of-home placements. The clients meet the medical necessity and community functioning criteria established by the lac department of mental health. For the fiscal year 2013-2014, there were 3,916 clients served with approximately 133,500 sessions conducted.

cfgc's school program, known as the northpoint school, is a non-public school designed for students ages six to eighteen with emotional and/or behavior difficulties whose needs can not be met in regular school setting. Northpoint combines academic instruction with a broad spectrum of specialized services. The educational staff utilize an interdisciplinary team approach to develop comprehensive, individualized programs for each student. Staff include the educational director, special education teachers, teaching assistants, recreation specialists, speech and language specialists, nurse, psychiatrist, clinical social workers, psychologists, social work and psychology interns, and child development trainees. For the fiscal year 2013-2014, there were approximately 68 students and of northpoint's 12th grade eligible students, 100% graduated and earned a high school diploma. Northpoint school integrates a non-punitive, reward-based behavior modification system with cognitive behavior therapy. Emphasis is based on clear expectations, successful experiences, positive rewards and immediate feedback to help the students realize their academic and social potential. Northpoint has been chosen as the first non-public school to be honored with a teaching garden grant by the american heart association and the dole corporation. The program has incorporated a healthy mind/healthy body philosophy evidenced in the healthy food program and intramural activities.

cfgc's wraparound program, under the auspices of the department of children and community services (dcfs), is designed for children to be stabilized in permanent homes and maintained by the least restrictive community services. The program is focused on the following priorities: 1) safety or freedom from abuse and neglect; 2) permanency or safe and stable nurturing relationships achieved through maintaining the children in their own community, and 3) well being, including opportunities for educational, psychological and social growth. There were 10,472 wraparound contacts with 99 clients during fy 13-14. Of those that have data available for, 90% of the children receiving wraparound services during this period did not have another substantiated allegation of abuse or neglect; 95% of the children that graduated from wraparound were still living with their families six months after graduation. Around 85% of families with children that graduated from wraparound continued to use community supports six months after graduation.

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Rating: 5

This organization has helped me and my children heal from the trauma and abuse we experience. They are amazing. I really recommend their services