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Intensive In-Home
About the Program
When a home environment becomes unstable, Intensive In-Home (IIH) Services provides a family-based approach to crisis resolution. The service is designed to defuse the current crisis, evaluate its nature, stabilize the home, and prevent out-home-placement. IIH helps preserve the family and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.

Using a team approach, IIH is designed to address identified needs of children ages 5 to 18 that have severe behavioral and/or emotional problems. Teams are led by licensed clinicians and supported by highly trained mental health professionals. Families begin working with their IIH team to identify problem areas and goals in order to implement solutions. 

Families have access to interventions via crisis response 24 hours a day and 7 days per week by their IIH team.
Criteria for Referral
To begin the screening process, children need to be between the ages of 5-18 years old and have an Axis I diagnosis based on the DSM -IV -TR. Families are appropriate for IIH when:

• Treatment in a less restrictive service was attempted but not effective
• Youth and/or Family have insufficient resources or skills necessary to cope with an immediate crisis
• Youth and/or Family issues unmanageable in school based or behavioral program settings
• Youth is at risk of (or currently in) an out of home placement and reunification is imminent
• Youth is eligible for Medicaid or NC HealthChoice.
What Families Learn
The services are primarily delivered to families in their home and community settings:

• Crisis-resolution – we assist the entire family in crisis resolution through individualized services developed in partnership with the family.
• Establishing Home Stability – we strive to keep the family intact providing home-based behavioral support.
• Coping and Social Skills – we provide self-help and living skills to the child while providing parenting skills to help family members cope with the
   child’s disorders.
• Providing Support – we monitor effectiveness of interventions and progress while ensuring connections to needed community resources for
   food, utilities, housing, clothing and other needs.

Family goals typically include: helping youth understand responsibility and consequences for behavior while parents learn how to best manage the youth at home, at school and in the community.