- The therapeutic approach must be empirically grounded and consistently implemented.
- There must be quality control of therapist adherence to treatment standards.
- The therapist is accountable for engaging the family in the process of change.
- Families are an integral part of the treatment team and define the case goals.
- Case plans must be focused on the specific behaviors that created the delinquent activity as compared to global, non-directional therapy.
- Create initial successes by first impacting behavior which promotes cognitive changes.
- Connect families to resources and community agencies that can address needs and resolve barriers.
- Empower parents to fulfill their parental roles in order to permit continued success after discharge.
- Experience and research demonstrate that a home-based model is the best practice option for family intervention and produces sustained changes in behavior.
- Successful programs stress process and outcome evaluations and continuous improvement.
- Strengths based and behaviorally focused services empower families to own and solve their problems.
- Treatment interventions must be time-limited with a beginning and end, thus allowing families to utilize their new skills.
- Family setbacks are not viewed as failures but are expected and are an opportunity for additional skill development.
- Serves voluntary, dependent and neglected, and adjudicated youth.
- Ages 12-21.
- Capacity is based on staff availability.
- Preservation, Reunification or Emancipation
The Savio House CBS program strives to:
- Prevent out-of-home placement, juvenile correctional incarceration or psychiatric hospitalization;
- Transition children who have been previously placed out of the home back into the community;
- Successfully emancipate youth to independent living; and,
- Strengthen the family unit to decrease dependency on the public welfare and juvenile justice systems.
- Family Reunification or
- Emancipation to Independent Living
- Assist families in solving their own problems through community resources;
- Assist the youth in problem solving independent living needs;
- Align with families and youth as their advocate;
- Teach parents how to establish household structure and to monitor their children;
- Help parents develop consistent rules and consequences;
- Prevent abuse and neglect;
- Eliminate acts of violence;
- Create a support network to assist the client/family upon discharge
- Remain independent of public social services/welfare;
- Attend public school, participate in a vocational or other educational program or become employed;
- Family members support youth in healthy behaviors, even when youth is emancipating to independent living;
- Engage in prosocial activities
- Maintain positive peer relationships and diminish negative peer contact;
- Have no further police contacts.
- Home of kin
- Foster home
- No charges or behavior that mandates a higher level of care
- Independent Living arrangement
Full Time Program:
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Specialized Programs for the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services
- Arapahoe Family Reunification Program (AFR) – Youth transitioning home from at least a 30-day therapeutic placement
- Arapahoe Early Intervention Program (AEIP) – Voluntary cases referred from the intake unit at Arapahoe County Human Services
- In-Home Services for at Risk Delinquents (ISARD) – Youth with two or more adjudications who are scheduled for out-of-home placement
For more information contact: Elizabeth Doner, 303-225-4167