FrontLine Service, formerly MHS, reaches out to children and families whose lives have been shattered by violence, working closely with those who have experienced or witnessed physical or sexual abuse, kidnapping, suicide, homicide or rape. We provide the intensive clinical services needed to help overcome the trauma and to break the cycle of violence in homes and communities across Cuyahoga County.
Trauma Programs Include:
Defending Childhood: Cuyahoga County Central Intake/Treatment for children exposed to violence
As part of Cuyahoga County’s Defending Childhood Initiative, we provide consultation, facilitation, crisis response, screening, intake, clinical assessment and follow-up for children who have witnessed violence and are exhibiting trauma symptoms. We link children and families to community providers of evidence-based treatment to diminish and ultimately eliminate the child’s experience of trauma.
Children Who Witness Violence (CWWV)
In response to the growing number of children who were traumatized by violence in their homes and communities we developed and implemented CWWV. Police officers contact FrontLine Service to identify children who have witnessed violent events. Our CWWV team provides crisis intervention, psychiatric, and supportive services for children exposed to violence that have been referred by police officers from participating communities.
Traumatic Loss Response Team (TLRT)
In partnership with the Cleveland Police Department, the TLRT provides crisis intervention and case management to children and families who have lost a loved one due to homicide, suicide or sudden loss. (TRAUMATIC LOSS RESPONSE TEAM BROCHURE)
Child and Family Focused Services
We working closely with Department of Children and Family Services to protect children from serious harm and removal from family, and to strengthen the family’s capacity to recognize and respond to the needs of the child.