This is a time-limited intensive family preservation intervention intended to stabilize the living arrangement, promote reunification or prevent the utilization of out-of-home therapeutic resources (i.e., psychiatric hospital, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment facility) for the identified youth through the age of 20. These services are delivered primarily to children in their family’s home with a family focus to:
- Defuse the current crisis, evaluate its nature, and intervene to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence
- Ensure linkage to needed community services and resources
- Provide self help and living skills training for youth
- Provide parenting skills training to help the family build skills for coping with the youth’s disorder
- Monitor and manage the presenting psychiatric and/or addiction symptoms
- Work with caregivers in the implementation of home-based behavioral supports. Services may include crisis management, intensive case management, individual and/or family therapy, substance abuse intervention, skills training, and other rehabilitative supports to prevent the need for an out-of-home, more restrictive services
This intervention uses a team approach designed to address the identified needs of children and adolescents who are transitioning from out of home placements or are at risk of out-of-home placement and need intensive interventions to remain stable in the community. This population has access to a variety of interventions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by staff that will maintain contact and intervene as one organizational unit.
The individual’s living arrangement has been stabilized, crisis needs have been resolved, linkage has been made with needed community service/resources; youth has gained living skills; parenting skills have been increased; need for out of home placements has been reduced/eliminated.