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Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Programs for Children

A calm childhood can turn into a stormy season when faced with unexpected stress.

At Starting Point, our children's programs are recognized by the state for their clinical excellence. We help children handle the tough times that come with divorce, abuse, mental illness, bullying, substance abuse and more. Our therapy and resources help children deal with difficulty and succeed in daily life.

The Starting Point Children’s program is designed for children under 18 years of age experiencing emotional or behavioral problems, as well as substance abuse.


Individual and Family Therapy

Our counseling programs are designed to meet the needs of those who are experiencing mental, emotional, or behavioral issues. Services are provided by either Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Counselor Interns or Certified Addiction Professionals


In-Home Child Program

Because delinquency and foster care can cost more than $10,000 per year, keeping a child in the home is not only more cost effective but better for the child and the family. The In-Home Child Program keeps children safe in their own home and helps parents re-unify with their children.


Working Recovery

Teens referred for this group include referral sources such as teen court, diversion and Department of Juvenile Justice. Topics include self-talk, thinking errors, responsible thinking, personal response and self-evaluation in an effort to change criminal behavior. Teens and their group counselor work collaboratively to create a relapse prevention plan.


Emotional and Anger Management 

Topics include helping adolescents cope with stress and developing effective ways of managing their emotions and communicating with others. This group also designed to increase each member’s self-awareness and development of healthy coping strategies with both peers and family.


Prevention Services

We offer a school-based substance abuse prevention program including intervention and counseling during school hours. Services include thirty-minute individual prevention counseling utilizing evidence-based program Ripple Effects. Topics include but are not limited to healthy coping skills, bullying prevention, peer pressure, family stress and school performance.



Options are often limited when children or youth experience a behavioral health crisis. Families and caregivers often turn to law enforcement, hospital emergency departments and inpatient treatment for help. Our Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides provides on-demand crisis intervention services in any setting in which a behavioral health crisis is occurring, including homes, schools and emergency departments to stabilize individuals to avoid the need for jail or hospital/emergency department utilization. Mobile response services are available 24/7 by a team of professionals trained in crisis intervention skills to ensure timely access to supports and services. In addition to helping resolve the crisis, teams work with the individual and their families to identify and develop strategies for effectively dealing with potential future crises.

For more information, call 904-225-8280.

State and Medicaid Funded Program

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