NEWS | March 26, 2014

IDS helps build healthier community at JB Charleston

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Every month, one group at Joint Base Charleston meets in an effort to address issues that impact the well-being of the joint base community.

The Integrated Delivery System, also known as IDS or Helping Agencies, is a working group consisting of organizations that provide family services and prevention and education activities related to individual, family and community concerns.

According to Air Force Instruction 90-501, each installation must establish a Community Action Information Board. This board exists to promote cross-organization collaboration in addressing individual, family and community concerns.

The CAIB is a tool which allows commanders to assess the health of the community and to enact positive programs and services to foster resiliency. CAIBs promote collaboration among helping agencies, reduce duplication of efforts, identify gaps in service, develop and implement local solutions and elevate issues to higher headquarters, according to Lisa Sweatt, 315th Airlift Wing Airman and Family Readiness Center director and JB Charleston IDS acting coordinator.

"The IDS functions as the action arm of the CAIB and develops a comprehensive, coordinated plan for integrating and implementing community outreach and prevention programs, with the goal of enhancing resilience in military communities," said Sweatt. "The IDS improves the delivery of human- service programs by establishing a seamless system of services through collaborative partnerships and coordinated activities."

As stated in 1.6.1 in AFI 90-501, the IDS reviews the Air Force Community Assessment Survey results and other quality of life surveys and resilience-related data to determine implications and develop necessary actions for the appropriate level or forum.

Below is a brief description of all the Integrated Delivery System helping agencies. Although many of these agencies are located on the Air Base, the services listed are available to all servicemembers assigned to JB Charleston. Additionally, many of these agencies have offices on the Weapons Station as well.

· Alcohol, Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) and Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP)
ADAPT handles concerns about drug or alcohol misuse, assesses individuals involved in alcohol related incidents and offers treatment options if necessary. The Drug Demand Reduction Program administers the drug testing program for active-duty and selected civilian employees. ADAPT is located in building 1000 and can be reached at 963-6852. DDRP is also located in Building 1000 and can be reached at (843) 963-6514.

· Base Inspector General (IG)
The IG program is available to get help quickly and fairly, to answer questions or complaints and to correct problems that affect satisfaction or productivity. IG is located in building 246 and can be reached at 963-3553.

· Child Development Center (CDC)
The CDC provides childcare services for children ages 6 months to 5- years old. There are limited offerings of space available hourly care reservations. Single military and dual military/Department of Defense civilian parents are given priority on the waiting list. The CDC is located in building 1930 and can be reached at 963-4366.

· Chaplain
Baptisms and marriages are offered by appointment. The Chapel has activities for single parents, singles, youth, men and women and also offers consultations with chaplains. The Chapel is located in building 1005 and can be reached at 963-2536.

· Equal Opportunity Office (EO)
The EO seeks to eliminate unlawful discrimination against military personnel based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. They also assist commanders and unit personnel in promoting a healthy, productive environment free from personal, social or institutional barriers. They are located in building 246 and can be reached at 963-3655.

· Family Advocacy
Family Advocacy offers family outreach services (marital communication, parenting and anger management classes). They also provide counseling, crisis intervention and support and education programs to prevent family maltreatment. A nurse offers in-home assistance for expecting parents and those with children under the age of 3, and conducts various parent support programs. Family Advocacy is located at building 1000 and can be reached at 963-6972.

· Family Child Care (FCC)
FCC offers quality child care in licensed individual homes on and off base. Providers offer care for children ages 2 weeks to 12-years old on a full/part time or drop in basis. Developmentally appropriate activities and nutritious USDA approved meals are served. Providers are trained in CPR and First Aid. FCC is located at 2373 White Circle and can be reached at 963-2546.

· Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC)
· Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) JB Charleston - WS
The A&FRC consists of various professional services pertaining to help with the many challenges of military life. The A&FRC includes individualized assistance, workshops and resources relating to employment, transition, family life, relocation, and financial management readiness. A&FRC is located in building 500 and can be reached at 963-4406 at the air base or FFSC Building 755 at the weapons station at (843) 794-7480.

· Health and Wellness Center (HAWC)
The HAWC offers a wide variety of services spanning the six areas of health promotion: stress management, tobacco cessation, fitness, nutrition, substance abuse and cancer/cardiovascular issues. The HAWC is located in building 228 and can be reached at 963-4007.

· Legal Assistance
The Legal office offers free legal assistance, powers of attorney, wills, notary services, information on spouse's rights and information on claims procedures. An attorney is available on a walk-in basis, Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., and Thursdays from 8 to 11 a.m., for all other matters. The Legal office is located in building 1600 and can be reached at 963-5502.

· Mental Health Center
The Mental Health Center offers individual, couples and group counseling with an emphasis on skill building using the latest behavioral sciences research. Various prevention programs are also available including how to manage stress, anger, depression and anxiety. Mental Health is also the base point of contact for suicide and violence awareness training. No referrals are necessary. They are located in building 1000 and can be reached at 963-6852.

· Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC)
MFLC offer Airmen and their families informal support that augments existing services. They also provide non-medical counseling designed to address issues that occur across the military lifestyle. Services are available to individuals, couples and families. They don't keep records. A child and youth behavioral MFLC is also available to support military children and their unique needs. MFLC can be reached at 609-8718 and Child and Youth can be reached at 963-8572.

· Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SARC)
The SARC provides a safe environment and offers an avenue for military victims of sexual assault to seek help and maintain confidentiality when reporting sexual assaults. Victim Advocacy services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The SARC can be reached at 461-5499.

· Special Needs Identification
Enrollment in the Special Needs Identification Program is mandatory for Air Force members with adult and child family members who have special needs. Services provided include counseling, referral, special assignment consideration and special medical or educational assistance. They are located in building 1000 and can be reached at 963-6972.

· Youth Programs
Youth Programs provides programs for youth ages 5 to 17 (18-year olds are eligible as long as they are still in high school). They are affiliated with 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. They also offer programs associated with Keystone and Torch clubs (teen and pre-teen leadership groups), power hour and more. The Youth Program also includes Before/After School Programs, all-day summer camp, team and individual sports, classes in dance and karate. They are fully equipped with a computer lab/learning center offering homework assistance, tutoring, computer familiarization and research opportunities.

For more information about Joint Base Charleston Integrated Delivery System, contact Lt. Col. Luis Otero, IDS/CAIB interim Chair/Executive director at 963-6830 or Lisa Sweatt at 963-5818.