This Service 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 crises, 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; and
- 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 for 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.
Team services are individually designed for each family, in full partnership with the family, to minimize intrusion, and maximize independence. Services are generally more intensive at the beginning of treatment and decrease over time as the youth and family’s coping skills develop. The team services are structured and delivered face-to-face to provide support and guidance in all areas of functional domains: adaptive, communication, psychosocial, problem solving, behavior management, etc. This service is not delivered in a group setting.
A service order for Intensive In-Home services must be completed by a physician, licensed psychologist, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner according to their scope of practice prior to or on the day that the services are to be provided.