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Evidence Based Practices - Description and Directory

HOMEBUILDERS® Intensive Family Preservation

Age of Child Reasons to Refer Venue of Care Frequency & Duration of Care Expected Outcomes General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan
  • Birth to 17
  • For children at imminent risk of placement where services can manage threats in the family home.
  • For children who are scheduled to reunify within 7 days.
Intensive home-based intervention Therapists are on call 24/7. Services range between 30 to 45 days
  • Parents ability to safely care for this child is increased and child can remain safely in the parent's care
  • Connection of families to community resources
HIGH - frequently in the family home, on-call for parents 24/7
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  • Decision Points 
    • For children at imminent risk of placement where services can manage threats in the family home.
    • For children who are scheduled to reunify within 7 days.
  • Parent handout 
  • Program supports 
    • $500 concrete funds goods and services
    • Can provide assistance with family and individual level tasks associated with safety plan
  • Service element 
    • Family Needs 
      • Needs support managing difficult child and teenage behaviors, some monitoring and safety concerns.
    • Family Discipline 
      • Caregiver(s) not effectively monitoring pre/teenage youth.
      • Moderate to high family conflict, youth is displaying some high risk behaviors.
    • Child Functioning 

      Adolescent has behavior problems

      • Self-destructive behavior
      • Provokes dangerous reactions in caregiver

  • 17 Safety Threats
  • Features of service 
    • Sessions are multiple times weekly with phone contact between sessions
    • Initial Contact - within three forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of referral
    • Initial in-home visit within 5 business days of receipts of referral (excluding weekends and holidays)
    • Final Service summary within 10 days of service completion

Incredible Years

Age of Child Reasons to Refer Venue of Care Frequency & Duration of Care Expected Outcomes General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan
  • Birth and 8 months for baby group
  • 9 months and 2 years for BASIC toddler group
  • 2 and 8 years for the preschool BASIC group
  • Family Needs 
    • Parents in need of positive, nurturing, non-violent parenting strategies.
    • Needs support managing difficult child behaviors.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Concerns about parent-child relationships.
    • Caregiver(s) frustrated but uses self-control, discipline may be inconsistent, lacks effective management.
  • Child Functioning 
    • Child has behavior problems. Child provokes dangerous reactions in caregivers.

Office-based Weekly sessions lasting 10- 18 weeks
  • Increase appropriate parenting skills
  • Increase appropriate parental discipline
  • Improve parent-child relationship
  • Decrease in child behavior problems
LOW - No contact with family in the home, No afterhours support for the family
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  • Decision Points 
    • Parent good candidate for group training (would like being with other parents; may not need individual coaching). Okay that parent is coached without the child.
  • Parent handout
  • Restrictions 
    • Parent is a registered sex offender
    • Participants cannot be registered sex offenders
    • Parent good candidate for group training (would like being with other parents; may not need individual coaching). Okay that parent is coached without the child.
  • Program supports 
    • NO after-hours support
    • Provides transportation to families needing
    • On-site supervision for the children of group participant
    • A meal is provided at each training
  • Service Element 
    Group-based parent training
  • 17 Safety Threats
  • Features of service 
    • Initial Contact - within three (3) days of receipt of referral
    • Classes are weekly
    • Provider contacts the family at least once per week outside the group session
    • Monthly service summary reports to social worker
    • Three types of IY classes
      • 2 and 8 years for the preschool BASIC group
      • Birth and 8 months for baby group
      • 9 months and 2 years for BASIC toddler group

SafeCare®

Age of Child Reasons to Refer Venue of Care Frequency & Duration of Care Expected Outcomes General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan
  • Birth to 5
  • Family Needs 
    • Parents need help creating and maintaining a safe home environment.
    • Needs to learn how to care for the children when sick or injured.
    • Parents in need of basic parenting skills/support.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Families experiencing neglect related issues such as medical neglect or environmental neglect.
    • Parents learn basic parent-child interaction skills and providing children with rules and consequences.
  • Child Functioning 
    • Targets typically developing children exhibiting none or mild behavior problems.

Home-based Weekly sessions lasting 18 to 20 weeks
  • Increase parents' understanding and management of child illness and injuries.
  • Increase home safety.
  • Improve and enhance safe parenting skills.
Medium - provided in the home, provider reviews safety plan each week, no after hours support for the family
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  • Decision Points 
    • Caregiver predominantly needs services to treat neglect. Children who were neglected are 0-5 age range.
  • Parent handout 
  • Restrictions 
    • None
  • Program supports 
    • NO after-hours support
    • Sixty (60) dollars of Concrete funds
  • Service Element 
    Parent training with a focus on neglect related issues
  • 17 Safety Threats
  • Features of service 
    • Sessions are weekly
    • Initial Contact - within three forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of referral
    • Initial in-home visit within 5 business days of receipts of referral (excluding weekends and holidays)
    • Monthly service summaries
    • Final Service summary

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Age of Child Reasons to Refer Venue of Care Frequency & Duration of Care Expected Outcomes General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan
  • Ages 2 to 7
  • Family Needs 
    • Needs one-on-one parenting coaching on a weekly basis.
    • Parents in need of positive, nurturing, non-violent parenting strategies.
    • Needs support managing difficult child behaviors.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Caregiver(s) frustrated but uses self-control.
    • May have negative feelings toward child.
    • May use violence or threats to control behavior, lacks effective management.
  • Child Functioning 
    • Child has behavior problems.
    • Child provokes dangerous reactions in caregivers.

Office-based and home-based Weekly sessions lasting 12 to 16 weeks
  • Increase appropriate parenting skills
  • Increase appropriate parental discipline
  • Improve parent-child relationship
  • Decrease in child behavior problems
  • Reduction in re-occurrence of physical abuse reports
Low - Office-based
Medium Low - Home-based, no after hours support for the family
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  • Program supports 
    • NO after-hours support
    • NO travel support for office based service delivery
    • NO concrete goods
  • Service Element 

    Parent training

  • 17 Safety Threats
  • Features of service 
    • Initial Contact - within three three (3) business days of receipt of referral
    • Initial in-person visit within one week of receipts of referral (excluding weekends and holidays)
    • Reports
      • Initial Contact Report within two weeks of the initial appointment;
      • Service Update within 30 days of the 4th coaching session;
      • Service update within 30 days of the 10th coaching session; and
      • Service Summary within 30 days of the end of the case.
    • Final Service summary

Family Functional Therapy (FFT)

Age of Child Reasons to Refer Venue of Care Frequency & Duration of Care Expected Outcomes General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan
  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Family Needs 
    • Needs support managing difficult pre and teenage behaviors, some monitoring and safety concerns.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Caregiver(s) not effectively monitoring pre/teenage youth.
    • Moderate to high family conflict, youth is displaying some high risk behaviors.
  • Child Functioning 

    Adolescent has behavior problems.

    • Self-destructive behavior
    • Provokes dangerous reactions in caregiver

Home-based Weekly sessions lasting 15 to 20 weeks
  • Decrease in youth disruptive behaviors
  • Increase parenting skills and appropriate disciplining
  • Increase in youth academic and social competence
  • Increase supportive family communication
  • Reduction in youth substance use
  • Increased placement stability
Medium - provided in the home, provider reviews safety plan each week, no after hours support for the family
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  • Decision Points 
    • An adult caregiver is able to consistenly participate in service with the youth. Other family members also can be involved (when another adult(s)'s involvement is needed to solve problem).
    • Helpful for high conflict situations.
    • Cannot be involved in other family therapy's.
  • Parent handout 
  • Developer website
  • Restrictions 
    • Not to address sexual behaviors
    • Participants with moderate or severe cognitive impartment
  • Videos of service
  • Program supports 
    • NO after-hours support
  • Service Element 
    Youth and family therapy
  • 17 Safety Threats
  • Features of service 
    • Sessions are weekly
    • Initial Contact - within three forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of referral
    • Initial in-home visit within 5 business days of receipts of referral (excluding weekends and holidays)
    • Final Service summary within 10 days of service completion

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Age of Child Reasons to Refer Venue of Care Frequency & Duration of Care Expected Outcomes General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan
  • 2 - 16 years
  • Family Needs 
    • Needs individualized support managing typical developmental transitions and/or dealing with significant behavioral challenges.
    • May need improvements in the parent-child relationship.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Caregiver(s) frustrated, may occasionally lose self-control, discipline may be inconsistent, and lacks effective management.
    • May use violence or threats to control behavior.
  • Child Functioning 
    • Range from typical developmental challenges to behavioral problems.
    • Provokes dangerous reactions in caregivers.

Primarily in the home, also can be done in the community or office-based Weekly sessions lasting 1 to 15 weeks
  • Increase appropriate parenting skills
  • Increase appropriate parental discipline and behavior management
  • Improve parent-child relationship
  • Decrease in child behavior problems
Low (Office-based)
Medium (Home-based)
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  • Decision Points 
    • Child has just returned to the family home after being in out of home placement for a period time
    • Parents are in need of parenting help to increase safety and prevent out of home placement
    • Child is between the ages of 18 months to 17 years
  • Parent handout 
  • Developer website
  • Restrictions 
    • Caregivers need to be able to participate in 10-15 weeks of the program (i.e., no imminent moves or family transitions), no major psychopathology on the part of the caregivers that would interfere with their ability to participate in the program (e.g., actively psychotic, debilitating depression)
    • Child has significant developmental delays
  • Videos of service 
  • Program supports 
    • Can be offered in the home, community, or clinic setting
  • Service Element 
    Parent Training
  • 17 Safety Threats
  • Features of service 
    • Sessions are weekly and typically last 10 to 15 weeks.
    • Comprehensive front-end assessment of child and family functioning.
    • Appropriate for caregivers who would benefit more from individualized parenting plan.
    • Program delivery can be very flexible, based on the family's needs.

Promoting First Relationships (PFR)

Age of Child Reasons to Refer Venue of Care Frequency & Duration of Care Expected Outcomes General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan
  • Birth to 3 years
  • Concerns about quality of parent-child relationship
  • Child is being reunified after being out the parent's care for a period of time
  • Parent needs information about infant and toddler social and emotional development
  • Parent needs help developing and expressing empathy towards their young child
This service is provided in the family's home
  • 10-14 weekly sessions
  • Session are approximately 60 minutes each week
  • parent has increased understanding of infant and toddler social and emotional health and development
  • parent has increased capacity to reflect on their own feelings and their child's feeling in order to provide empathetic, compassionate care for their child
  • increased positive relationship between the parent and the child
Medium - this service is provided in the home and the counselor will check in with the family weekly about the safety plan
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  • Decision Points 
    • Ages- 0-3 years
    • Reunification of a young child with a parent
    • Parent is need of help to build a positive relationship with their young child
  • Parent handout