Your fire stations and support personnel are value assets to the safety and well being of the East County citizens. We value your service and look forward to be of service to your personnel and their families.
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 the Santee Fire Department personnel, their cohabitating partners, and their children under the age of 18. Retired first responders are eligible for Focus services.
As a dependent, do I need to go through the employee to make an appointment?
If you are a spouse, child over 12, or someone living with a Fire-Rescue employee (life partner, family member, roommate), you can access services directly. You do not need to go through the employee. You will be asked for the employee’s name, which we will verify through our roster. It is confidential. Neither the department nor the employee is contacted. Children under 12 need parental permission to make an appointment. If parents are divorced but share legal custody, both need to give permission.
What kind of counseling is available to us?
The services are unlimited, free to you, and 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: