For children who are leaving residential treatment, the transition back to their own families can often require additional support in order for them to be able to stay at home. Other children need support services to prevent them from entering residential treatment or other out-of-home placement. Support and Stabilization services provide direct in-home and community-based services to youth and their families who hope to stay together, but need additional services to be successful. Each family is assigned a family support worker who visits the youth and his or her family several days each week.
Specific services include:
- Help in Home and in the Community: Keep family intact and functioning within the community by creating a structure of stability and consistency to preserve the placement. Staff work with the family on a daily basis with a minimum of three face-to-face contacts each week. Mediation and crisis intervention services are also offered.
- Support Planning: Staff advocate on behalf of the youth and family, helping to arrange school placement, after school programming, therapy services, community based activities and medication services.
- One-on-One Mentoring: Youth receive consistent one-on-one support from responsible, supportive staff helping youth develop life skills, like behavior management, necessary to preserve placement. Staff work closely with youth to reach educational goals such as attaining high school diploma or GED equivalency and signing up for college prep courses. Also, staff assist in part time job placement and money management.
- Staff work with youth on topics such as job skills and vocational training enabling future employment in their community.
- Youth have the opportunity to participate in community service projects through the Youth in Progress program.
- Strong relationships with Cape and the Islands community organizations including: Cape Cod Community College, Family Continuity, local YMCA and the Barnstable and Yarmouth Police Departments.
- Youth in Progress (YIP) is a program designed to help youth develop and demonstrate leadership skills.
- YIP Driver’s Education, licensed by the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles, offers driver’s education to area youth in need. Enrolled youth are required to design and participate in community service learning projects prior to obtaining the driver’s education certificate.