Community Based Services

Daniel also offers an array of community-based services for children and families that need our help but don’t require the intensive treatment that they would receive in our residential services program. Our community-based programs provide services for children and adults who have been diagnosed with mild to severe mental health disorders. For our children, our program strongly relies on parent/guardian participation. WRAP coordinators are available to the families to provide additional support.

Journey to Success Program

The Journey to Success Program is a neighborhood and family-centered program designed to meet the psycho-social needs of students at risk of continued involvement in the criminal justice system.  As with all Daniel programming, the primary goal is the development of healthy, motivated, engaged students and families.  For these vulnerable teens, the program steers youth on a “new life journey,” focused on achievement of both short and long term life goals.  The program is comprehensive in that it addresses issues in all life domains, including school, home and the community.

The key programmatic elements include comprehensive mental health services, including assessment, individual, group and family therapy/counseling, case management, a unique academic/vocational overlay component, and life skills development.

Therapy: This program provides a combination of individual, group and family counseling as a comprehensive strategy to improve the outcomes for youth facing multiple barriers to success.  In addition to utilization of the evidence and researched based cognitive therapy model, highly qualified clinicians teach family members to deal with home life challenges through various coping mechanisms, anger management, and effective communication. Without family therapy, youth may be in unhealthy environments where negative coping behaviors are enforced. Relapse into old patterns of thinking and behaviors may be very likely with no change in the surrounding environment. A combination of cognitive problem solving training and parent training has been found to be the most effective approach for reducing antisocial behavior in youth and in reducing stress and depression in parents. Effective family involvement includes establishing rapport with the family and ensuring they are valued as extremely important team members in the process.  Therefore, the agency has developed a multi-pronged strategy to actively engage families, including inclusion in all aspects of service delivery, scheduling of visits/groups at convenient times and locations, and recognition of families at quarterly celebratory events.

Case Management: The case management component ensures that youth and families are provided with information regarding identification and enrollment in community programs to address problems that contribute to the participants behaviors.  Bachelor’s level case managers not only coordinate  in-house services such as therapeutic counseling, but also link families to these community providers to address issues barring academic and social success related to transportation, health, housing/food/clothing assistance, substance abuse, leisure/recreational activities, domestic problems, employment or other unique family conditions. 

Education Overlay:  A certified educator will work closely with the youth, caregiver, case manager and Duval County Public Schools guidance counselors and Choice, Drop-Out Prevention and Exceptional Education Departments and other specialized education programs to ensure that 100% of youth are involved/enrolled in age, academic and skill level appropriate academic programming.  The specialist functions as the program liaison with schools in an effort to place an emphasis on education as the key to future success and avoidance of criminal behavior.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Duval County residents, ages 10-17, that have a previously been arrested
  • Students must reside in the following zip codes- 32202,32205,32206,32208,32209,32210,32211,32218,32244,32254

Auxiliary Services:  Daniel offers a continuum of support programs serving youth involved in the juvenile justice system or at-risk of entering the system for presenting problems attributable to mental health problems or family management issues.  The agency staff of over 250 are afforded the opportunity to refer seamlessly to in-house Daniel programs such as Project Prepare (for youth at risk of homelessness or who reside in unsafe or unlawful conditions), to our community mental health program for additional, enhanced mental health services, and to the Daniel Education Center.  The unique aspect of these programs is the flexibility regarding eligibility requirements; effectively alleviating “gaps” or barriers to comprehensive service delivery.

Contact: For more information regarding this program, please contact the Daniel Admissions team at 296-1055 extension 2340, or via email at admissions@danielkids.org.

Outpatient Mental Health

Children struggling with significant emotional or behavioral issues do not have to reside on Daniel’s campus to receive help. Children can receive services through traditional outpatient counseling, or in-home/in-school counseling services. Daniel’s team of professionals provides thorough assessments, counseling, and psychiatric services to help children stabilize their behavior and increase their opportunities for academic and social success.

Who We Help: Whether you work for a referring agency or have a child who you think may need our help, please review the eligibility requirements below, then contact us for more information.

Eligible children must:

  • Be between the ages of 5 and 17
  • Reside in North Florida within Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, Flagler, St. Johns or Volusia Counties
  • Exhibit symptoms of emotional or behavioral distress resulting in significant impairments in school, family, or interpersonal relationships

Note: Financial assistance is available through the Florida Medicaid Program.

Contact: For more information regarding this program and how you can access financial assistance for services, please contact the Daniel Admissions team at 296-1055 extension 2340, or via email at admissions@danielkids.org.

School-Based Behavioral Services

Many children struggle in school due to behavioral issues that stem from challenging family dynamics, past trauma, or related coping issues. Daniel works with United Way Full Service Schools to help such children overcome these issues and improve academic performance through free assessment, case management, and counseling services.

Each Daniel service team consists of a case manager, a behavior specialist, and a therapist. This team begins by working with the children, their families, and school personnel to identify the underlying causes of negative behaviors. The team then develops individual treatment plans designed to promote positive classroom performance and improve social behaviors. The program has a strong success rate, having served over 950 children during the 2016-2017 school year with 88 percent successfully completing individual treatment plans.

Students, parents, and school personnel can directly access Daniel’s School-based Behavioral Services Program through any of the three United Way Full Service School offices – the James Weldon Johnson Family Resource Center, the Beaches Resource Center, or the Greater Springfield Resource Center.

Who We Help: Whether you work for a referring agency or have a child who you think may need our help, please review the eligibility requirements below, then contact us for more information.

Eligible children must:

  • Be a K through 12 student
  • Reside in the Fletcher, James Weldon Johnson, or Greater Springfield School districts
  • Be experiencing social or behavioral issues that are interfering with their academic performance

Contact: To find out more about these services, please contact a United Way Full Service site in your neighborhood (listed below). Don’t see a site in your neighborhood? Please call the United Way hotline at 211 to locate services in your area.

Historic James Weldon Johnson Resource Center

Bridge to Success Academy

2115 Commonwealth Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32209
904-348-7578 office
904-337-3080 fax

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Beaches Resource Center

Fletcher High School


700 Seagate Avenue
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
904-270-8200 office
904-270-8202 fax

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Greater Springfield Family Resource Center

Andrew Jackson High School
3816 Main Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
904-348-7388 office
904-359-6251 fax

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Strengthening Ties and Empowering Parents (STEPS)

This powerful intervention program works to preserve families and reduce the incidence of children entering foster care. Daniel’s Family Service Counselors strive to build stronger families by conducting family assessments followed by in-home training focused on enhancing each family’s ability to parent effectively and manage a family budget. The program also teaches these families how to access beneficial community resources, including programs for counseling, rehabilitation, child care, education, and employment.

Qualitative data from this program shows that by enhancing parents’ overall ability to provide safe, stable environments for their children improves not only the children’s present circumstances, but also their future prospects.

Who We Help: We assist adult guardians of one or more minor children who are living in the home. The majority of our clients are referred by DCF Child Protective Investigators, Family Support Services, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, schools, and other community agencies; however, if you are a guardian that needs help, please contact Daniel directly to request assistance.

Contact: For more information regarding this program, please contact the Daniel STEPs team at 296-1055 extension 2745, or via email at admissions@danielkids.org.

Adult Mental Health

Adulthood can often present challenges that interfere with our daily functioning, how we feel about ourselves, and how we relate to others.  It is even more difficult when you are feeling depressed, anxious or confused about a current life situation or struggling to deal with past trauma. Counseling helps you by identifying causes of pain or stress, discovering barriers, and learning strategies needed to make positive changes. Our office is conveniently located at 1225 West Beaver St., in downtown Jacksonville.

Who We Help: Adults who desire to make positive changes in their lives.

Eligible adults must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside in North Florida within Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, Flagler, Johns or Volusia Counties
  • Exhibit symptoms of emotional or behavioral distress resulting in significant impairments in family or interpersonal relationships
  • Medicaid/Not be currently receiving any insurance benefits

Contact: For more information regarding the Adult Mental Health Program, please contact the Adult Coordinator, James Sweeney, at 904-349-9159.

WRAP

Daniel is the only provider in Northeast Florida offering the new, innovative approach to targeted case management services, known as Wraparound.  Wraparound is a family-driven, youth guided, team-based process for planning and implementing services and supports for youth with complex needs.  The process relies heavily on cultural responsiveness and the family’s strengths to develop an individualized plan emphasizing self-advocacy. A WRAP Coordinator will work closely with the family and other members of the community to ensure the family is working towards identified goals and preparing for future success.

Who We Help: It can be difficult navigating your way through community resources. In addition, you may need more support dealing with your child’s educational needs. A WRAP coordinator will work as a team with your child’s teachers, doctors, or other providers to ensure your family’s needs are being met.

Eligible adults must:

  • Be between the ages of 5 and 17
  • Reside in North Florida within Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, Flagler, Johns or Volusia Counties
  • Exhibit symptoms of emotional or behavioral distress resulting in significant impairments in school, family, or interpersonal relationships

Note: Financial assistance is available through the Florida Medicaid Program.

Contact: For more information regarding this program and how you can access financial assistance for services, please contact the Daniel Admissions team at 296-1055 extension 2752, or via email at admissions@danielkids.org.