Our agency buildings will not be open on Thursday 2/3 or Friday 2/4. All scheduled appointments will be switched to telehealth. Clients will be notified via phone.

youth care

Continuum of Care for Youth


Learning Independence and Family Empowerment

What is the L.I.F.E. Program?

It is a Home-Based Family Counseling Program designed to address the behavioral health needs of youth ages 12 to 17 and their family members, involved with The Juvenile Court System. The L.I.F.E Program utilizes the Functional Family Therapy Model (FFT). FFT is an empirically grounded, well-documented and highly successful family intervention for at-risk youth whose problems range from acting out to conduct disorders to alcohol and/or substance abuse.

South Community Behavioral Health, is a Functional Family Therapy, Inc. Certified Site.

How will the L.I.F.E. program help families?

The L.I.F.E. Program will:

  • Come to the home, so families do not have to go to an office for help.
  • Work with the entire family to help you learn better ways to communicate and relate to each other
  • Work with the entire family to develop goals and a plan to address needs.
  • Work closely with the Juvenile Court to help the child successfully complete the probation or court requirements.
  • Provide linkage to psychiatric and other community resources as needed.
  • Provide access to a Natural Helper through Montgomery County Juvenile Court services

The L.I.F.E. Program is a partnership between the ADAMHS Board for Montgomery County, South Community Behavioral Health, Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Reclaiming Futures, and Samaritan Crisis Care. Youth entering into the court system or on probation are referred by Juvenile Court and assessed by Crisis Care.

L.I.F.E. is a community treatment project funded by The Ohio Department of Youth Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addition Services and The Montgomery County Human Services Levy.


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