Welcome to Parents
MHA’s initial venture into parent training was as sponsor to the County’s first Parents Anonymous (PA) meeting 1977. PA offered parents an alternative to abusive behavior toward their children. In 1986, a community coalition was organized to expand the project and link it to a Tallahassee based PA host project. MHA was asked by the Coalition to serve as the lead agency and did take on that role. In 1988, Broward County, through its Children’s Services Administration Division, funded MHA’s expansion of the project. In subsequent funding cycles, MHA was able to document greater need and was awarded more funds. The project was modified to reflect its expanded services and became known as PEPS (Parent Education/Parent Support). In 2015, PEPS joined the initiative in Florida to standardize the Parent Education Services throughout the state. Through monthly state-wide meetings, MHA was part of an implementation team to develop protocols for improving the outcomes of Parent Education in the state of Florida. Appropriate curriculums were identified and staff were trained in evidence-based parent education for parents of children 0-18 years of age and evidence based behavioral observations for parents with children 0-5 years of age. MHA has been in the forefront of this initiative and continues to be a leader in providing high quality evidence- based curriculum today.
Services are provided in Broward County jails, drug treatment centers and community locations around the county.
MHA-PEPS also provides fee-based parenting services for families needing supervised visitation and for families in need of specialized support during and after divorce through our Co-Parenting and Divorce Program.
Additionally, PEPS provides Anger Management classes, Circle of Security classes and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.
Family Support Services
The new Family Voices Program that began October 2021 supports parents with children with special needs in navigating the system of care in Broward County by offering case management and support. We are very excited to reintroduce Family Voices as part of our program array thanks to Broward County Children’s Services. Any family whose special needs child, between the ages of 3 years to 22 years is eligible for support and assistance through MHA’s Family Voices program. Specifically, we will assist in accessing community resources, educational planning, legal help, informal counseling, and parent training. Eligible families have children who experience mental health issues ranging from impairment in functioning to diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders, including emotional/behavioral disabilities as defined by the DSM-5. Also included are those with current or past traumatic stress that has manifested in behavioral challenges.
The intent of the program is to strengthen families facing the challenge of mental or physical impairment in their children, to provide them with skills and resources to address immediate and potential challenges, to build bridges of support through natural and clinical links, and to promote the capacity for sustained successes once the services are phased out.
Remember that mental health is a goal for everyone, and prevention is important!
The Children’s Services Council funded HEAL Trauma program serves families experiencing intergenerational trauma within Deerfield and Pompano Beach.
Trained Community Mental Health Workers (CMHW’S) will assist youth and their families within the above targeted communities who seek help and support. This strength-based model focuses on teaching families to actively promote wellness in their lives to deal with chronic trauma. Extensively trained staff have a strong understanding of populations experiencing trauma and have strong community connections in Deerfield or Pompano Beach.
Community Mental Health Workers (CMHW) are an integral link that bridge underserved populations to available social service systems. Their role is to help identify those individuals and families in need and connect them to services. They then provide a warm hand-off or on-going support to assist them in their goals. CMHWs are devoted to teaching families how to actively promote wellness in their lives to cope with identified chronic trauma(s). Our CMHWs identify, coordinate, and connect youth and their families to available services and supports that address trauma and related challenges. They also empower youth and their families to work within systems where challenges may exist; strengthen and support the families’ self-advocacy efforts; participate in emancipatory evaluation and research; and build upon and expand existing relationships within the Providers’ network to develop trust with families while meeting present needs. The CMHWs are supervised by a Team Leader and a Clinical Leader.
With a lens of racial equity, the Heal Trauma program strives to engage local community leaders in working alongside program staff to guide planning and service delivery as well as ensure that the program meets the cultural needs of the community.
KINSHIP CARES provides support services to relative or nonrelative caregivers raising children when their biological parents are unable to do so. In collaboration with the Jim Moran Foundation, The Children’s Services Council funded program provides comprehensive case management services in-home and in the community. The purpose of Kinship Cares is to strengthen families and reduce risk for children who have already experienced significant trauma in their lives. Emphasis is placed on empowering the family, promoting self- definition, developing and improving decision-making strategies. Services include family assessments, navigating the school system, emergency financial assistance, information on public benefits, linking to career counseling and job training, respite care, support and parenting groups, training and self- advocacy, transportation assistance, linkage to healthcare and mental health services, assistance with affordable childcare and legal assistance.
In seeking out Kinship families to join our program, we are also hoping to engage relatives and non-relatives taking care of the children of their incarcerated family members.
Use this form below ONLY to make payments for Parenting, Co-Parenting or Anger Management
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING PAYMENTS
Click to: Download these instructions
On the form to the right,
enter the information about the client
(LAST Name, First Name, Email, Phone Number)
Click which class you are paying for:
(Parenting, Co-Parenting, Anger Management)
Enter the amount you are paying today
Add Comments or Question (if you have any)
Next, click "SUBMIT"
at the bottom right hand side of the form
Now click "Buy Now"
It will take you to the PAYPAL Page
Enter the amount you are paying today in the "price per item" box and leave the quantity at "1".
(This should be the same amount as you entered on the previous page)
Click "Login" (if you are using your paypal account)
Click "Pay with Debit or Credit Card"
(No paypal account required)
Complete the "Paypal Guest Checkout"
(including credit card information, billing address, etc)
Click "Pay Now" to complete payment.
Contact (954) 746-2055 ext 105