Welcome to Mental Health at Fairfield City Schools!

Students, families, and staff: If you need assistance or you would like to speak with a mental health professional, please contact Emily Herring at 205-264-9665 or eherring@fairfieldk12.org.

Professionals or agencies you can contact during a crisis:

Cahaba Medical Care Crisis Hotline 1-888-507-4402
Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Center of Birmingham (24/7) 205-323-7777
UTALK (3 pm - 10 pm) 205-328-5465
Crisis Text Line (24/7) Text HOME to 741-741

Community Resources:

Alabama Childhood Food Solutions


ACFS is fighting childhood food insecurity. Call the Food Hotline for appointments to receive food.

Alabama Department of Mental Health


The Alabama Department of Mental Health serves more than 200,000 Alabama citizens with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders. The department strives to Serve, Empower, and offer Support to create awareness while promoting the health and well-being of Alabamians.

Amelia Center


The Amelia Center provides professional counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one or to adults who have experienced the death of a child.

Bradford Health Services


Bradford is dedicated to creating effective and affordable chemical dependency treatment programs.

Cahaba Medical Care


Cahaba Medical Care provides comprehensive primary care services and behavioral healthcare. CMC provides care to all patients, including those who are underinsured or uninsured. Cahaba Medical Care has numerous clinics, including clinics in Fairfield, West End, and Ensley. CMC also has School-Based Health Clinics located in C.J. Donald Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Glen Oaks Elementary.

Children’s Behavioral Health


Children’s provides inpatient and outpatient services, including individual, family, and group therapy, medication evaluation and management, and psychological assessment and testing.

Children’s of Alabama


CHIPS Center-Children's Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS Center)


CHIPS Center is an outpatient center at Children’s of Alabama where children who have experienced suspected abuse and their families impacted by suspected abuse can come for support, hope, and healing. The CHIPS staff is a team of specially trained licensed professional counselors, doctors, licensed social workers, and sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE). CHIPS provides forensic medical evaluations, social work support services, counseling services, and prevention education services

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama


The Food Bank’s aim is to ensure that people in need can access emergency food.

Crisis Center, Inc.


(205) 323-7777 (Crisis Line)

(205) 328-5465 (UTALK Text Line 3:00-10:00pm)

(205) 328-8255 (Senior Talk Line)

(205) 323-7273 (Rape Response, 24 Hour Hotline)

The Crisis Center provides services to people experiencing crisis or mental health issues through 24-hour, 365 days per year support, crisis and suicide intervention, community information, and referrals through telephone counseling

Exchange Club Family Skills Center


The Exchange Club provides parent education and support to both parents and children in the greater Birmingham area.

Family Court of Jefferson County


Family Court exercises jurisdiction in matters involving children. These matters might include cases in which a child is alleged to be delinquent, dependent, or in need of supervision. The Court also exercises jurisdiction over other proceedings including establishment of paternity and child support enforcement, as well as protection from abuse.

Family Promise


Family Promise of Birmingham is a network of diverse faith and civic organizations working together to provide safe, home-like lodging where homeless families can stay together while working to regain their independence.

Grace Klein Community


Grace Klein provides a place for people to share what they have so everyone has what they need. Grace Klein assists with food, diapers/wipes, school supplies, and other needs.

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA)


HICA provides services dedicated to the social, civic, and economic integration of Hispanic families and individuals in Alabama.

IMPACT Family Counseling


IMPACT Family Counseling provides outpatient counseling and a variety of other services such as mentoring, relationship education, family strengthening, and anger management.

Jefferson, Blount, St.Clair Mental Health Authority (JBSMHA) -Children’s Services


JBS provides non-traditional, intensive, home-based therapy and case management services to children with a serious emotional disturbance and their families who reside within the tri-county catchment area. Children eligible must be between the ages of 5-17 years.

Jefferson County Health Department


Jessie’s Place for Women and Children


Jessie’s Place is a safe haven for women and children that offers Christ-centered support and counseling, helping them to become strong and self-sufficient.

Kids One Transport


Kid One provides transportation to medical appointments for children and expectant mothers.

Manna Ministries


Manna Ministries provides food assistance to individuals and families.

Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

M-Power Ministries


M-Power helps people develop the tools to break the cycle of poverty.

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Oasis Counseling


Oasis helps people take better care of themselves, their relationships, and their families. Oasis’ clients have experienced domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, joblessness, death of loved ones, and more.

One Place Family Justice


One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center is a collaboration between the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, City of Birmingham-Birmingham Police Department, YWCA Central Alabama, and the Crisis Center, Inc. One Place provides coordinated services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working together under one roof.

One Roof


One Roof connects individuals and families to appropriate resources related to their housing and service needs. Resources may be available for persons currently experiencing homelessness.

PAL-Parenting Assistance Line


The Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) is a free service available to anyone who wants information and support in becoming a more confident parent or caregiver.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids


Partnership for Drug Free Kids offers support and guidance to families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance abuse.

Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC)--Located in the Emergency Department of Children's of Alabama


(205) 638-PIRC (7472)

PIRC is designed to assist patients, their loved ones and/or caregivers, and community providers in finding the appropriate level of mental health care. These services are provided via telephone or in person by licensed mental health clinicians trained to assess a child or teen’s mental, emotional, and behavioral needs and recommend the best treatment options.

  • Anyone with a mental health question or concern regarding a child or adolescent is encouraged to contact the PIRC at 205-638-PIRC (7472)
  • PIRC is open seven days a week, year-round from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Anyone experiencing a crisis should call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.
  • Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should call the 24-hour, 7 day a week National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Recovery Resource Center


Recovery Resource Center is a central point of information concerning substance abuse treatment. The center’s staff and volunteers answer questions, initiate the treatment process, and make referrals as needed.

Sarrell Dental Center


Non-profit agency that treats dental and vision needs of children ages 1-20 whose primary insurance is Medicaid. Sarrell also has school-based education programs that teach the importance of good dental care.

Sight Savers America


Sight Savers provides no cost comprehensive eye care to children each year through a network of child referral agencies, medical providers, and other eye care professionals. The children's eye care network provides vision screenings, eye exams, eyeglasses, medications, surgeries, low vision assessments, vision aids and other therapeutic vision treatments. Coordination of transportation services and follow-up care are also provided.

UAB Beacon Recovery


Beacon Recovery is a UAB Medicine-affiliated outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adults and adolescents ages 13-18.

211 Connects Alabama - United Way of Central Alabama


Dial 2-1-1 or text or call (888) 421-1266

Dialing 2-1-1 connects you to a trained operator 24/7 that has access to a comprehensive database with a multitude of services in your community. 211 helps with basic human needs resources, government information, health and mental health resources, employment support, support for older Americans and persons with disabilities, support for children, youth, and families, volunteer opportunities and donations, military and family support, and hobby groups and civic/service clubs.

YWCA Domestic Violence Services


(205) 322-4878 - 24 hour Crisis Line

The YWCA provides shelter, counseling, advocacy, and case management for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.