SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Established Curriculum – The use of established curriculums will assist our staff in teaching skills to youth and parents. These skills will not only help solve the problems for which they sought help, but will also provide assistance in solving difficulties that may arise after services have ended. Depending on the child/youth’s age one of the following curriculums will be provided and taught to the parents: For children aged birth – 36 months, Baby Play and Learn and Touch Points; Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers will be taught to parents of children aged 2 – 5 years old; and Common Sense Parenting is taught to parents of youth aged 6 – 17 years old; For youth aged 8-17, various topics will be presented to teach skills that will allow them to be successful both in and out of the home, and will help them make better choices. These topics can include; Self Esteem and Social Skills, Activities that Build Self Esteem, and Character Building Activities.
In-Home Visits – The one-on-one interaction that occurs with the families takes place in their home at a time that is convenient to them. On average, in-home visits occur weekly throughout the service period. If the family is in need of more assistance additional in-homes will be scheduled. Providing services in the home and at a time convenient to the family reduces the disruption to the youth and family. Parents do not have to miss work, and the youth can remain in school. Typically, in-home visits result in families being more relaxed, resulting in more productive sessions. Our direct care staff is also able to provide more effective suggestions, since they have a better understanding of the family’s situation.
Workshops – Every two weeks youth and parent skills workshops are provided throughout our service area. These workshops teach the core components of the curriculums that we provide. Workshops also create an environment of learning. Participants learn from one another, and in many cases learn how to address and prevent these situations before it occurs in their own home.
24-Hour Crisis Intervention – Our crisis intervention services assist both current families, and families seeking assistance. If a youth or family that we are currently working with is in need of assistance, they can call 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year to receive immediate help. If a crisis should occur, these services allow youth/families to obtain assistance at that time instead of waiting until their next in-home visit. By providing access to professional assistance, youth and families can obtain help when a situation occurs and prevent it from escalating into a potentially more serious problem.
For youth or families calling our program for the first time, if it is determined that they are eligible for our services and would like to participate in our program, an initial in-home visit will be scheduled at that time. If needed, crisis calls will be scheduled immediately, with staff responding at the family’s home. An initial in-home visit for non-crisis will be offered to the family within 48-hours. For families that are not eligible for Stay Together services, or wish to try another type of services, referrals will be made during the initial phone conversation. Referring families to appropriate programs allow them to be linked to an appropriate service as soon as possible so that they can begin receiving the assistance they need.
Short Term Emergency Shelter – Shelter care can be provided to youth ages ten through seventeen that have runaway or have been kicked out of their house. Short Term Shelter ensures that the youth has a safe place to stay until he/she returns home. When a youth enters shelter, the Stay Together Program’s goal is to reunite the youth with his/her family as soon as possible. Once a youth returns home our staff will continue to provide services to ensure that the youth’s return is successful. The average length of stay for Short Term Emergency Shelter is 1 – 2 days.
Universal Child Abuse Prevention Services (UCAP) – UCAP services are designed to provide the community with child abuse awareness and prevention information. Community workshops on various topics pertaining to parenting and youth social skills are available to the community upon request at no charge. Other types of UCAP include the distribution of prevention materials, community workshops and ads through the local newspapers, radio, and television stations. UCAP services are delivered to the general public without regard to client eligibility through the Stay Together Program.