Family Based Services (FBS)

Central’s Family Based Services (FBS) program is designed to provide community based therapy and support services to children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems.  FBS provides therapy in a family’s home and community by a two-person team for children under 21 years of age under the supervision of a Program Director. At least one parent or guardian must be willing to participate in the program and the child and family must be experiencing difficulties serious enough to warrant intervention from our Family Based Services program. Family Based Services must be recommended by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist due to a child or adolescent being at risk of out of home placement due to serious emotional distress or behavioral issues.

Treatment is delivered to both the individual and the family to help cultivate an environment that keeps a child in the home.  Teams will meet with the child and family multiple times per week to help cultivate skills. The goal of the program is to increase caregivers’ ability to remain effective and regulated while also increasing the emotional and behavioral stability of the children. The function of FBS is to assist families with maintaining their child in the home rather than in a psychiatric or residential facility.

Using a systemic and relational approach, treatment focuses around:

  • Building family support through an ecosystem.
  • Working with the family to help promote the needs of the child while navigating various services.
  • Creating an environment for positive attachments between child and caregiver.
  • Focusing on emotional regulation.
  • Promoting structure and consistency in the household.

Services include:

  • Intensive Family Therapy
  • 24/7 Crisis Management
  • Case Management Component
  • Advocacy for the family


The identified client (child or young adult) must be 21 years or younger, at risk for out-of-home placement (juvenile detention, OCY, psychiatric hospitalization and residential placement), a Montgomery County resident, and have medical/behavioral health insurance coverage through Magellan.

Central Behavioral Health Brochure – Family Based Services


Family Services