LSF Health Systems

WHO ARE WE? LSF Health Systems (LSFHS) is the not-for-profit behavioral health Managing Entity contracted by the Florida Department of Children and Families to serve a 23-county region in Northeast and North Central Florida. The role of the Managing Entity is to bring together community stakeholders and assess, plan, allocate and monitor the use of state and federal funds, to leverage local resources and to bring additional resources to the system to effectively meet the unique and specific behavioral health needs of our 23-county service area. LSFHS promotes and supports the development of holistic, innovative and evidence-based programs within a strength-based, recovery-oriented system of care.

LSFHS serves a diverse area that encompasses rural, suburban and urban communities. Counties served include Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lake, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia counties.

OUR VISION: We envision communities where each child, adult and family has access to the behavioral health services they need to live well and be well.

OUR MISSION: Our mission is to develop and sustain an integrated system of behavioral health care through a network of services built on integrity, innovation and collaboration.

Chief Executive Officer

CONTACT: Dr. Christine Cauffield

Christine Cauffield PhD.

Chief Executive Officer,
LSF Health Systems

Managing Entity Serving Northeast Florida

Dr. Christine Cauffield oversees the safety net mental health and substance abuse services provided to 350,000 Floridians in Northeast Florida by 62 health care organizations on behalf of the State of Florida. She also serves as President of the Florida Association of Managing Entities and of the Florida Council on Aging, and serves on the board of Florida Smart Justice. Dr. Cauffield is a licensed clinical psychologist and completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Harvard Medical School.

Our Network Service Providers

Ability Housing of Northeast FloridaFresh MinistriesNAMI Hernando
Alachua County Board of County CommissionersGainesville Opportunity CenterNAMI of Marion County
BayCare Behavioral HealthGainesville Peer RespiteNorthwest Behavioral Health Services
Camelot Community CareGateway Community ServicesOperation PAR
Cathedral Foundation dba Aging TrueGulf Coast Jewish Family & Children’s ServicesOrange Park Medical Center
CDS Family & Behavioral Health ServicesHalifax Medical CenterPhoenix Houses of Florida
Child Guidance CenterHanley Center FoundationRiver Region Human Services
Children’s Home SocietyHealthy Start Coalition of Flagler & VolusiaSchool Board of Clay County
Clay Behavioral Health CenterHernando County Anti-Drug CoalitionSinfonia Family Services of Florida
Community Coalition AllianceI.M. Sulzbacher Center for the HomelessSMA Healthcare
Community Rehabilitation CenterLifeStreamSt. Augustine Youth Services
Daniel MemorialMarlyn Behavioral Health SystemStarting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Dayspring VillageMental Health America of East Central FloridaThe Centers
Delores Barr Weaver Policy CenterMental Health America of Northeast FloridaThe House Next Door
Eckerd Youth AlternativesMental Health Resource CenterUnited Way of Suwannee Valley
EPIC Community ServicesMeridian Behavioral HealthcareUrban Jax dba Aging True
Flagler HospitalMetro Treatment CenterVincent House
Florida Recovery SchoolsMid Florida Homeless Coalition
Florida United Methodist Children’s HomeNAMI Gainesville

Services and Programs

24-hour Access to Care LineFACT – Florida Assertive Treatment TeamPeer Workforce Training and Development
AssessmentFirst Episode PsychosisPregnant & Post-partum Women SUD Treatment
Case Management/Intensive Case ManagementFIT – Family Intensive TreatmentPsychiatric Medication Management
Care CoordinationHIV ServicesRespite
CAT – Community Action TreatmentHospital Bridge Programs for SUD treatmentSpecialty Court Diversion
Central Receiving SystemIndigent Psychiatric Medication ProgramState Hospital Diversion
Crisis StabilizationInformation & Referral/OutreachHousing Resources/Supported Housing
Crisis Counseling Program (Disaster)Medication Assisted TreatmentSupported Employment
Crisis Support/EmergencyMobile Response TeamsTelehealth
Day TreatmentOutpatient Mental Health – Individual & GroupTraining Institute
Inpatient DetoxOutpatient Substance Abuse- Individual & GroupWraparound
Drop In Center/ Mental Health ClubhousePeer Recovery SupportTASC – Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities

Our Accomplishments

  • LSFHS Administrative Rate is 2.8% of the $152M dollar annual budget.
  • Through our robust care coordination efforts at both the ME and the provider level, recidivism rates for high utilizers of acute care services (crisis units, detox and jail) enrolled in our program have averaged 3-5%, far below industry standards.
  • Co-located a family care coordination specialist in the children’s crisis unit, which dramatically reduced the number of readmissions to the crisis unit. Children with 10-20 admissions per year have now been stabilized in the community with no new admissions.
  • Established a toll-free, 24/7 ACCESS to CARE line, manned by our clinical team to assist with referral information.
  • All CAT and FIT Teams have been trained in the evidence-based, nationally recognized High-Fidelity Wraparound model.
  • ROSC Peer Training Initiative – LSF Health Systems secured a 4-year competitive HRSA grant. The grant award of $1,148,296 provides an enhanced, two-tiered recovery Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) training program for up to 70 individuals per year who will serve rural and medically underserved areas throughout LSF Health Systems’ 23-countyregion. The 2017 grant award is an expansion and enhancement of the CRPS training partnership with Jacksonville University that began in the fall of 2016. The new program uses a two-phase hybrid curriculum that can be completed in eight to sixteen weeks. The first phase includes required trainings, while the second phase provides additional optional trainings based on individual needs. LSFHS is first in the state to provide certification training for Recovery Peer Specialists.
  • Project Save Lives – LSFHS has been a partner in Project Save Lives, one of the first and most successful hospital bridge programs to address substance use disorder by bringing peer specialists into the emergency department to intervene when individuals present with an overdose. Reduced numbers of overdose deaths, EMT responses, emergency room admissions and endocarditis related to opioid use have resulted in hundreds of thousands of system cost savings.
  • Established a Housing and SOAR Division to identify and secure housing options for consumers in our network of care.
  • LSFHS has brought an additional $7.2M in grant resources to serve the individuals in need in our service area serving as the lead applicant or a partner in grant applications including Criminal Justice Reinvestment Grants, SAMHSA and HRSA federal grants as well as private foundation grants such as Florida Blue Foundation.
  • Established the LSF Training Institute that provides a robust catalogue of trainings on evidence-based practices, peer specialist certification and trauma-informed care. The Institute provides CEUS for most disciplines.
  • In 2019 hosted the inaugural Innovation in Behavioral Health Summit at the Guidewell Innovation Center in Orlando.
  • LSFHS has piloted a co-responder program with Meridian Behavioral Health and Gainesville Police Department that pairs a licensed clinician with a specially trained officer to respond to calls related to behavioral health. The program has resulted in 91% of individuals who could have been arrested being diverted and 79% of potential Baker Acts being diverted to outpatient or voluntary admission. The program is being replicated in other jurisdictions.
  • LSFHS one of three Managing Entities selected by Florida Council to implement the Florida Linking Individuals Needing Care (LINC) project, a suicide prevention initiative that includes Care coordination and Suicide Prevention trainings.

LSF Health Systems 9428 Baymeadows Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32216 904-900-1075