The Fire District spans approximately 50-square miles and protects over 33,000 citizens. What was once an all-volunteer force is now a full-time fire protection agency. We are ready and willing to support out north county fire personnel.
How do I make an appointment?
Asking for help can be difficult, especially for emergency services personnel. We do our best to make the process as seamless as possible. All you or your dependents need to do is:
You will be contacted normally within 24 hours to set up an appointment. Appointments are available to accommodate your shifts and days off. We understand a fire-rescue career is unpredictable. If you get called back, held over, or experience any other schedule change, we will reschedule as soon as possible in accordance with your availability.
Who is eligible for counseling services?
Focus services are available to your agency’s personnel and their cohabitating partners. Focus will meet with the parents of children under the age of 18 to provide them with tools to help their children. On a case-by-case basis, Focus clinicians may meet individually with juveniles. Retired first responders are eligible for Focus services.
What kind of counseling is available to us?
The services are limited to 10 sessions, per each employee and employee’s dependent, each fiscal year (Contact on of your Battalion Chiefs for confirmation). The 11th and subsequent sessions must be paid out of pocket by the employee or employee’s dependent. The fees are on a sliding scale from $60-$100 depending on the ability to pay. The services are completely confidential. We do not contact the department or any of its employees, or bill in a manner that would have the potential to identify our clients. Limits to confidentiality are legal reporting requirements for child/elder abuse or neglect, and situations where we believe someone’s life is in eminent danger.
We are not mandated to report domestic violence.
Counseling services are available for most of the emotional issues faced by you and your family in today’s complex world. Common presenting issues include (but are not limited to):
Can I pick my own therapist?
You may leave a message for the therapist of your choice (see “Focus Professionals”). If you do not know who you would like to see, leave a message or email and we will assign a counselor based on your presenting problem and therapist availability. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. If at any time, for any reason you wish to change therapists, you are encouraged to do so. Ask your therapist and you will be re-assigned. We want to provide you the help you need by whom you feel most comfortable.
Focus does NOT provide: