FIRST (Families Improving Relationships and Succeeding Together)
LMCS' FIRST Program is an intensive, behaviorally-oriented, short-term, in-home treatment service for families which serves children and families experiencing significant behavioral, relational and other mental health challenges and who may be at risk of psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placement. By helping parents and children develop healthier relationships and positive communication skills, our staff hope to create nurturing family settings where all members can thrive.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find treatment?
By calling the Lookout Mountain FIRST (Families Improving Relationships and Succeeding Together) referral line at 706.806.1203, by coming to one of LMCS’s four outpatient clinics, or by sending a referral by clicking on the link below:
How do I make an appointment?
Same as above.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
Your first appointment with LM FIRST staff may be at your home or at one of the four LMCS clinics based on your preference and the needs of your family and child. At your first appointment, you will meet with a counselor, other family members if you choose, and other people you feel are important in addressing the needs of your family and child. At this appointment, the counselor will help you explain your family’s and child’s needs using a Behavioral Health Assessment. This appointment usually takes about an hour.
How long will it take before I see a doctor?
Within 30 days of your initial contact with LM FIRST staff.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
- Proof of GA residency (driver’s license or other ID w/ your GA address, delivered mail with your name and address)
- Proof of income (at least 1 month’s paystubs, or Medicaid approval/denial)
- Child’s social security card
- Insurance card
Is in-home treatment available?
Yes, in-home treatment is available and is provided by trained Child and Family Specialists and/or a child and adolescent counselor.
What if my treatment is court mandated?
Services a provided by LM FIRST are voluntary and it is your choice as to whether you follow the recommendations made by LM FIRST staff. With your permission, LM FIRST staff will maintain contact with court authorities to update them concerning progress in treatment. LM FIRST staff cannot discuss any information with the court without your permission.
How do I find inpatient or residential treatment?
If needed, LM FIRST can assist you in finding appropriate inpatient treatment for your child and facilitate this process. There are also services available to assist in avoiding the need for inpatient treatment to which LM FIRST can facilitate referral.