How Does It Work?
At Children’s Hope Alliance, we want to make sure the children in our care have a safe and protective family environment. One way we can help families where children are a risk of, or currently experiencing, out-of-home placement is to offer services that will help not only the child, but the family learn new and effective ways of dealing with trauma.
Members of an intensive in-home team consist of licensed mental health professionals and qualified professionals. This team meets with the family in the home setting as well as community venues for several hours each week, addressing powerful and persistent mental health and behavioral issues. The actual amount of time spent with each youth and family varies based on family needs and often decreases throughout treatment as progress is made. The average length of treatment is 4-6 months.
- specific services include: crisis-resolution; establishing home stability with an emphasis on keeping the family intact; coping and social skills development including self-help and living skills for the child and parenting skills to help family members cope with the child’s disorders; providing support through monitoring effectiveness of interventions and progress and making connections to needed community resources for food, utilities, housing, clothing, and other needs
- eligibility: youth and/or family issues are unmanageable in school-based or behavioral program settings; youth is at risk of (or currently in) an out-of-home placement and reunification is imminent; youth is eligible for Medicaid or NC Health Choice
- team of licensed therapists & qualified professionals use the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model
Team members provide:
- Crisis response, resolution, and debrief
- Establish home stability with an emphasis on keeping the family intact
- Coping and social skills development including self-help and living skills for the youth and caregivers
- Support through monitoring the effectiveness of interventions and routine measurement of treatment progress
- Connections to needed community resources for food, utilities, housing, clothing, and other social determinants of health
- Therapeutic modalities are trauma-informed. Primary modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Intensive In-Home Services are available to youth and families whose presenting symptoms are too difficult to manage to the point where youth are at risk of out-of-home placement or where reunification/reintegration back into the home from a higher level of care is imminent and additional support is needed. Youth are eligible for this service with Medicaid or NC Health Choice. For further information, call 1-800-395-2591.
At 12, LeAnn was the oldest sibling, and she was grateful she didn’t have to try to keep things in order at home anymore. Instead, she is able to focus on things she loves – drawing, painting, and just being a kid.