Contemporary Family Services, Inc. (CFS) was founded in 1997 by its sole-owner Dr. John L. Monroe, Jr. with the vision to provide a holistic and seamless system of services that are responsive to the social, psychological, emotional, cultural, and biological needs of children, youth, adults and families. This bio psychosocial framework fosters personal growth and facilitates sustainable change through a strengths-based paradigm of treatment. Dr. John L. Monroe, Jr., a recent graduate and clinical practitioner serving underserved populations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, witnessed the need for operational service delivery and the increasing need for behavioral health services not just in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, but also in Shreveport, Louisiana, which is his hometown. Contemporary Quality Care, LLC, a subsidiary of Contemporary Family Services, Inc. was established in 2002 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Stemming from its mandate that any youth can change and develop a positive set of values if a comprehensive system of care for the youth is developed and executed, Dr. Monroe grew CFS to become the State of Maryland’s premier foster care placement agency with specialization in serving youth with severe emotional, behavioral, medical and psychological conditions. We hold the view that the service delivery must be coordinated and that an effective network of local resources, which communicate among themselves, is an essential component of effective service delivery. We work in partnership with various systems including behavioral health, child welfare, judiciary, community health, education and others, with the common goal of creating a successful outcome for the children, youth, adults and families served.
We maintain a culture that is transparent, open and our Chief Executive Officer, Dr. John L. Monroe, Jr. is fully accessible. We focus on improving family interactions to nurturing change and developing to improve client’s mental health. The burden of mental health disorders on health and productivity has long been underestimated. Assessing the needs of our served population, Contemporary Family Services, Inc. became a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Provider (PRP) and subsequently an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OMHC) in the State of Maryland. We currently maintain offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Germantown, Maryland; and Hyattsville, Maryland. Our Shreveport, Louisiana office is also an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Our culturally diverse team of employees is dynamic, well trained, valued and is a critical component to our success.
Our work has resulted in positive change. As a result of CFS efforts, we became licensed in the District of Columbia as a Core Services Agency (2013), Supported Employment Provider (2014) Free Standing Mental Health Clinic (2014) as well as a Mental Health Community Residential Facility (2014). In support of our person-centered treatment plans, many of our clients have sought care with us and are enjoying fulfilling and productive lives in their community. Our treatment plans are designed to promote social, emotional and behavioral wellness by addressing the needs and building upon the strengths as noted in the client’s psychosocial assessment. Our continuous goal is to foster growth and facilitate change among the individuals and families we serve through an evidence-based, client-centered and results-driven treatment paradigm.
At Contemporary Family Services, Inc., it’s not just about what we do, but how we do what we do that matters. We believe that individuals and families can have successful outcomes. By focusing on client’s abilities and strengths, each client can in turn recognize their inherent capacity to become the agents of change.