Intensive In-Home (IIH) services at Carolina Outreach are a time-limited (approximately 6 months), family-focused intervention for youth between the ages of 3 and 20 years, intended to stabilize current living arrangements, promote reunification, or prevent the use of out-of-home therapeutic placements (e.g., psychiatric hospital, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment facility). These services are delivered primarily to children in their family’s home, with the following goals aimed at restoring the family’s inherent strengths:
- Defuse crises, evaluate its nature, and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence
- Provide self-help and development of coping skills for the youth and family to manage mental health symptoms
- Provide parenting skills training to help the family manage behaviors or mental health symptoms
- Coordinate care and communication among psychiatric, medical and other providers
- Ensure linkage to needed community services and resources (sports leagues, tutoring, etc)
Intensive In-Home services employ a three-person Clinical team, which, with the parent(s), composes the child and family team (CFT). The team’s lead, a licensed clinician, coordinates the development of the child’s person-centered plan (PCP), which includes interventions created via consultation with the child’s guardian. Families generally meet 2 – 3 times per week face to face with the staff on the IIH team with additional case management, including phone coaching (1 – 2 times per week). Other members of the CFT can include school staff, DSS, DJJ/court counselors, family friends, spiritual leaders, coaches, etc.