Substance Use Treatment

Family Intensive Treatment Team

Peace River Center partnered with Heartland for Children and Gulfcoast Jewish Community Services to bring the Family Intensive Treatment Team (FITT) program to District 10.

The FITT model incorporates the concepts of several evidence-based theories, including: Readiness to Change Theory, NIATx Change, Attachment Theory, Self-Determination Theory, Neuro-rehabilitation Principles, Crisis Theory, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care to provide services to families that have verified maltreatment involving substance use.


Parental substance abuse is a major contributing factor in cases of child abuse and neglect in Circuit 10. According to the US Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center’s Drug Market Analysis of 2011, Polk County is named as one of Central Florida’s “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas”. At any given time, roughly one half of all children 0-5 years old in out of home care are the children of parents alleged to be misusing substances

The purposes of the FITT program are to keep children safe; to develop a safe, nurturing, and stable living situation for them as rapidly and responsibly as possible; and to help their parents overcome their drug problems.

  • Provide therapeutic services with an interactive approach
  • Ensure coordination of services is occurring that is meeting the client needs
  • Coordinate appropriate discharge planning
  • Develop individual case plans
  • Conduct safety assessments
  • Conduct home visits based on individual child and family need
  • Provide referrals to community resources
  • Provide on-call support as necessary
  • Monitor case plan compliance and work on goals and tasks with family
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