Individualized Family Support (IFS) Program
The Chas Foundation has spent the last several years providing support to families and referring individuals seeking treatment to effective resources in the Hampton Roads Community. Out of necessity, The Chas Foundation began developing the IFS Program that addresses the challenges faced when a family or individual is in a mental health crisis. Components of this program include:
- Peer Crisis Support
- Support Navigating Court System
- Transportation Assistance
- Meet with families to develop a plan of action
- 2/3 of calls are from family members or friends
- 1/3 of call are from mothers
- Ages of individuals needed treatment range from 13 to 67
- 55% of calls were for a female
45% of calls were for a male
- 96% of individuals have health insurance
- 40% of individuals have been or are Suicidal
- 50% have Alcohol/Substance Abuse Issues
- 64% willing to receive treatment
The family or individual facing a mental health crisis does not have time for a learning curve
— Tucker Corprew
Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are programs that bring together local stakeholders, including law enforcement officers, emergency dispatchers, mental health treatment providers, consumers of mental health services and others (such as hospitals, emergency medical care facilities, non-law enforcement first responders, and family advocates), in order to improve multi-systems’ response to persons experiencing behavioral health crises who come into contact with law enforcement first responders.
CIT programs enhance community collaboration, develop effective infrastructure and provide outstanding training to improve criminal justice and mental health system response to individuals with mental health issues.
The CIT shall assist law-enforcement officers in responding to crisis situations involving persons with mental illness, substance abuse problems, or both.
The Chas Foundation was instrumental in getting the Norfolk CIT implemented and also refurnished the assessment area of the Crisis Stabilization Center. Executive Director, Beau Kirkwood is an instructor with the Norfolk Crisis Intervention Team an received an award from the city honoring his dedication to the training and the community.