Behavioral Health Assessments

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessment (CBHA)

Families First of Florida provides in-depth and detailed assessments for children and teens who are in the child welfare system of care. Each child’s emotional, social, behavioral health and development is evaluated while identifying their strengths and needs. The CBHA outlines culturally sensitive strategies for case managers and placement providers to enable children in their care to overcome obstacles and thrive.

A CBHA is a Medicaid funded assessment. Per Florida Statute Chapter 39, a CBHA is referred for any child who is a victim of abuse, neglect or abandonment and placed into shelter care. Also, a child may be involved in the Juvenile Delinquency System, experiencing a serious emotional disturbance or is at risk of placement in a residential setting. A CBHA is meant to integrate historical information, previous evaluations and testing, opinions and all observations made in order to make recommendations for permanency planning and services, which are in the best interest of the child. This assessment will also provide a diagnosis based on all collateral information, interviews, and the assessor’s evaluation of the child.

Families First of Florida provides CBHA’s in the following counties; Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Highlands, Hardee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Sumter, Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Gulf and Franklin.


Impacting Lives, Strengthening Families

Traumatic experiences make a significant impact on how people cope, learn and interact with others. Families First of Florida’s experienced mental health clinicians provide best practice mental health services with the goal of helping those in our care grow and develop, despite their obstacles.