Family-Based Mental Health Services, or FBMHS, is a 32 week program designed to strengthen families and prevent further interventions, including out of home placements. The Family Based team delivers therapeutic, case management, and emergency crisis services in order to help stabilize the family environment. An additional component of Family Based is connecting the family to other child serving agencies to ensure continuity of care. Family Based is focused on developing natural supports for the family that may include friends, neighbors, coaches, and other community members. These natural supports enhance the level of care provided to the family after discharge from the Family Based program.
Tara Sarge, MSW is our Family Based Mental Health Service Supervisor. Tara earned her Master of Social Work degree from Shippensburg University. Tara has a background in behavioral health, therapeutic recreation and interactional therapy. She is passionate about working with children and families, and specializes in autism spectrum disorders. Tara has been with Franklin Family Services since April 2015 and served as a Family Based Mental Health Professional in Cumberland, Perry and Franklin Counties before transitioning into the supervisory role. She is dedicated to helping families in the community thrive.
Tara is supported in the Family Based program by several other professionals with a vast array of skills and knowledge.
Dixie Ellis is a Mental Health Professional on our Franklin/Fulton Family Based team. Dixie obtained her degree in Education from Frostburg State College. She has an extensive history working in a group home setting. Dixie completed the three year Family Based Certification Program and passed the state exam. She also carries a certification from the National Association of Forensic Counselors as a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS) and is a team member on our specialized Family Based team that works with youth displaying inappropriate sexualized behaviors. Dixie has been with Franklin Family Services since 2010.
Jerome Williams is a Mental Health Professional on our Quad Family Based Team covering Franklin/Fulton/Cumberland/Perry Counties.
Kyle Jeffries s a Mental Health Worker on our Quad Family Based Team covering Franklin/Fulton/Cumberland/Perry Counties. Kyle obtained his BA in Sociology from Shippensburg University. Kyle has a background working with troubled youth. He has a passion to help traumatized youth lead successful lives. Kyle has been with Franklin Family Services since November 2017.