ABOUT FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES
With more than half a dozen office locations, Family & Children’s Services of Tulsa, Okla., runs more than 50 different programs in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and family rehabilitation. The organization is state-certified, is nationally recognized by organizations such as the Council on Accreditation (COA), and offers outpatient programs that cover an impressively wide range of issues. These include grief, child abuse, early childhood development, trauma, divorce, homelessness, parenting, psychiatric crisis stabilization, addiction treatment, intensive women’s recovery, and more.
Services are provided in English and Spanish and translation in other languages upon request. Evening appointments may be scheduled at certain locations. 24-hour emergency crisis and stabilization services are also available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Without indicating which of its 50-plus programs are available at which of its six-plus locations, programming at Family & Children’s Services is vast. At its core, Family & Children’s Services helps families in crisis. Some may need assistance managing a common issue like divorce, while others may be struggling with communication breakdown or anger and stress management.
Children requiring assistance with mild to severe emotional and social problems, like conflict and self-control, receive “individually tailored services.” Entire families may be recommended for play therapy and parent-child interaction therapy, where parents learn effective discipline and behavioral management techniques. The organization follows evidence-based practices in helping children recover from the emotional distress of sexual abuse and other trauma.
Intended for a wide audience, including individuals with gambling addiction and those with co-occurring mental health problems, substance abuse treatment may consist of outpatient counseling, education, and relapse prevention.
There’s also an intensive outpatient program (IOP) aptly titled Women in Recovery (WIR) for women with non-violent, drug-related offense. Designed as an effective alternative to inpatient treatment, WIR coordinates with the criminal justice system and local community agencies in making sure that women receive supervision, treatment for substance abuse and mental health, education, and vocational training.
Family & Children’s Services employs a team of program and department directors, professionals with experience and specializations in behavioral healthcare, but offers few further details on its staff.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
An anonymous loved one shared mixed feedback in their Best-rehabs.com survey. While they found that programming “teaches awareness” and considered it both effective and affordable, they still offered up some suggestions for improvement: “Counsellors need more one on one time with addicts, counsellors need to be more hand on, make the addicts feel like uncare.”
On Google, Family & Children’s Services has an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars based on 22 reviews to date. Reviewer Bryan called it “an amazing organization of individuals providing life services, mental health care, and many others to people who have little or no income,” though Charley called the psychology department “completely useless.”
According to Family & Children’s website, services are provided “regardless of income, for the uninsured and underinsured.”