Community-Based Services

General Information

  • 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.


Remain in:

  • Home
  • Home of kin
  • Foster home
  • No charges or behavior that mandates a higher level of care
  • Independent Living arrangement

Full Time Program:

  • School
  • Work
  • GED
  • Prep, etc.

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