Special Initiatives

Care Coordination

People with complex behavioral and mental healthcare needs can get lost when systems are fragmented. This is why LSF Health Systems takes a system-level approach to care coordinating activities in order to minimize service fragmentation and promote seamless care transitions for people who face complex behavioral health needs. The goal is to reduce repeat admissions to acute or inpatient behavioral health services, support continuity of care, and improve outcomes for people served.

LSF Health Systems’ Care Coordination program in northeast and north-central Florida serves people who may be at higher-risk:

  • Children and adults who have repeat admissions to crisis stabilization units or substance abuse detoxification programs
  • Adults with mental and/or substance use disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system and those who are homeless
  • Children and families in the child welfare system who have repeat admissions to acute levels of care
  • Adults receiving treatment at state residential mental health facilities

Care Coordination activities include managing continuous communication between service providers, aligning resources with individual needs, establishing accountability, facilitating transitions, supporting self-directed goals and responding to change. Care Coordination activities are responsive to identified needs and support long-term recovery and resiliency.

To learn more about our Care Coordination program, contact Erin Whitaker-Houck, Director of Program Operations, at 904.337.4062 or erin.whitakerhouck@lsfnet.org.

Child Welfare Integration

Impoverished families often face difficulties accessing substance abuse and mental health care. Through LSF Health Systems’ Child Welfare Integration program, families served by the child welfare system are connected with substance abuse and mental health (SAMH) services so that child safety and the well-being of the whole family can be best ensured.

The goals of the Child Welfare Integration program are to:

  • Improve parents’ capacity to care for their child/children and decrease child abuse.
  • Increase competence of workforces in the child welfare and behavioral health systems of care through cross-training and collaboration.
  • Increase communication between systems.
  • Enhance the focus on the family, not just the individual receiving services, in order to improve outcomes for the families served by the child welfare system.

Child Welfare Integration initiatives include:

  • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Community-Based Care (CBC) agencies, Department of Children and Families (DCF), and LSF Health Systems collaborations such as meetings, project development, and systems discussions.
  • Prevention efforts including the accounting and development of community resources and provider services to keep children at home in their community and out of residential programs.
  • Mental Health First Aid trainings provided to child welfare staff.
  • 24/7 access to care screening, advocacy and referral line available to child welfare workers and to the community.

To learn more, contact Dusty Pye, Chief Integration Officer, at 904.337.4056 or dusty.pye@lsfnet.org.

Sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, appropriate auxiliary aids and services are provided at no cost to deaf and hard-of-hearing clients and companions. Persons needing special accommodations to participate in any meeting/hearing should contact Karrin Clark at
(904) 900-1075 for assistance.

LSF Health Systems, Inc.
(877) 229-9098

9428 Baymeadows Road, Building III, Suite 320
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Office: (904) 900-1075