Community Based Youth and Family Services


Community Based Youth and Family Services

Behavior Modification (BMOD): The purpose of BMOD services is to provide redirection and modeling of appropriate behaviors in order to enhance functioning within the home or community with the goal of altering behavior that is inappropriate or undesirable. BMOD interventions are designed to optimize emotional and behavioral functioning in the natural environment through the application of clinically planned techniques that promote the development of healthy coping skills, adaptive interactions with others, and appropriate responses to environmental stimuli. Interventions are planned in such a way that they are constantly supporting, guiding, and reinforcing the ability to learn life skills. Inappropriate and/or undesirable behaviors are identified, targeted, stopped and/or redirected. BMOD includes the observation of events and precipitating factors that occur before an inappropriate and/or undesirable behavior is exhibited, stopping and/or redirecting that behavior, and teaching a replacement behavior which is more appropriate and strengthened through modeling, shaping and practice.

Rehabilitative Psychosocial Services (RPS): The purpose of RPS is to assist in the restoration or strengthening of skills needed to promote and sustain independence and stability in living, learning, social, and/or working environments. RPS is a form of skill building support and includes activities that are necessary to improve the quality of life by assisting to assume responsibility over ones life, strengthen skills, and develop environmental supports, all of which are necessary to function as actively and independently in the community as possible. Skill development areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic Living Skills Development – coaching and encouraging participation in activities that enhance basic living skills.
  • Interpersonal Skills Training – directing and promoting self-management, socialization, communication skills, and cognitive functioning.
  • Therapeutic Socialization – teaching the necessary skills to appropriately perform activities that sustain independence.
  • Youth Empowerment – promoting and enhancing the development of basic decision making and problem solving skills.

Family Support Services (FS): The purpose of FS is to enable the family or caregiver (parent, guardian, custodian or person(s) serving in a caregiver role) to serve as a knowledgeable member of the treatment team and to develop and/or improve the ability of the family or caregiver to appropriately care for the youth. This service includes providing guidance to the family or caregiver on navigating systems that support youth with behavioral health or other special needs, and fostering empowerment of the family or caregiver through supportive guidance, encouragement and modeling.

Family Support is intended to:

  • Equip families with coping skills to counteract the stress of dealing with the youth’s behavioral health and/or other special needs;
  • Teach families to deal with a crisis situation;
  • Teach families to coordinate effectively with other community service provider(s);
  • Provide families with the knowledge and that will allow them to be an integral and active part of the youth’s treatment team;
  • Teach families to advocate effectively for the youth;
  • Alleviate the burden of stigma that families with youth who have behavioral health or other special needs often experience; and
  • Reduce family isolation by connecting them with behavioral health advocacy and support networks.

Crisis Management (CM): The purpose of CM is to assist the individual or family in restoring his or her or their level of functioning. This is accomplished by:

  • Evaluating the nature of the problem and determining the recipient’s mental, psychological, and/or medical status;
  • Ensuring the safety of the recipient and others;
  • Providing reassurance and support;
  • Assisting the recipient in developing an action plan that can be used to mitigate the crisis, minimizes distress and prevent similar incidents in the future; and
  • Following up with the recipient and other relevant persons to ensure follow-through, assess progress, and provide additional assistance and support as needed, including referral to available community resources. A crisis may be thought of as a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in individual or family’s life. Those experiencing a crisis event may have reactions consisting of psychological, behavioral, and/or even physiological symptoms accompanied by marked deterioration of functioning.