IFI services decrease the chances of out-of-home placement or other more intensive/restrictive services for children and adolescents. Services require complete cooperation of the entire family network as contact hours begin at an increased rate and titrate over a period of time as progress become evident. Services assist in improving family functioning by:
- Clinically stabilizing the living arrangement
Promoting reunification or preventing the utilization of out-of-home therapeutic venues (i.e. psychiatric hospital, therapeutic foster are, residential treatment facility) for the identified individual consumer.
- Services are delivered utilizing a team approach and are provided primarily to children in their living arrangement and within the family system.
- Intensive Family Intervention
These services utilize a therapeutic intervention or counseling service shown to be successful with identified family populations, diagnoses and service needs. Family training/counseling provides:
- Systematic interactions between the identified individual consumer, staff and the individual's family members geared toward the restoration, development, enhancement or maintenance of functioning of the identified consumer/family unit.
- Includes support of the family, as well as training and specific therapeutic intervention/activities to enhance family roles, relations, communication and functioning that promote the recovery and resiliency of the individual/family unit.
- Family Training/Counseling
Individual Counseling services utilize a therapeutic intervention or counseling services shown to be successful with identified populations, diagnoses and service needs, provided by a qualified professional. Counseling services assist individuals in:
- Identifying and resolving personal, social, vocational, intrapersonal and interpersonal concerns
- Increasing skills such as problem solving and cognitive skills, healthy coping mechanisms, adaptive behaviors and skills and knowledge regarding mental illness. In addition to mental health, our therapist sessions also address substance related disorders and other relevant topics that assist in meeting the individual's or the support system's needs.
CI services are directed toward the support of an individual who is experiencing an abrupt and substantial change in behavior which is usually associated with a precipitating situation and which is in the direction of severe impairment of functioning or a marked increase in personal distress. Services include:
- 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone and/or face-to-face contact in any setting at any time (e.g. home, school, jail, hospital, clinic, etc.)
- 24-Hour Crisis Intervention
- Community Support Individual
The community support staff will serve as the primary coordinator of behavioral health services and will provide:
- Individuals with the skills and resources to maintain stability and independence in their daily community living
- Individuals with linkage to long-term community support systems
- Individuals with psychiatric care, addiction services, medical services,crisis prevention and intervention services.
Malinda Graham & Associates, Inc. 2007
Behavioral Assistance is designed to support youth and their families in meeting behavioral goals in various community settings:
- Behavioral Assistants aid the family in complementing safety plans and behavior management plans when youth are at risk for offending behavior, aggression, and oppositional defiance.
- Behavioral Assistants provide support to youth and their families during periods when behaviors have been typically problematic, such as during morning preparation for school, at bedtime, after school or other times when there is evidence of a pattern of an escalation of problem behaviors. It may include time spent transporting a youth to an activity but will not allow for reimbursement for staff members to travel when youth is not in the vehicle.