Serving children and youth, ages 4 – 19, and their families, the Support and Stabilization program is designed to prevent the need for out-of-home placement and/or to provide focused aftercare support for children and youth when they need it the most - when the child is transitioning home upon discharge from a treatment environment.
For the children and families served within the child welfare and behavioral health systems, the period during which they may become most vulnerable is when they are typically expected to break old ties and establish new, trusting treatment relationships. In many cases, it makes sense for a provider who has built an effective relationship with a child and family during an out-of-home placement to remain connected with them through the transition home in order to offer ongoing support within the community.
Stabilization and permanency are the ultimate goals of Saint Vincent’s Support and Stabilization Program. We assess each child’s situation through the lens of child-focused, family-centered, and culturally competent practice, with a reverence for the primacy of family; a commitment to working with families as partners; and a belief in the power of building on the strengths and resiliencies of those we serve.
Support and Stabilization includes:
- parent partnering
- youth mentoring
- in-home behavioral support
- therapeutic recreation
- Life Skills training, job search training/coaching
- day respite
- in-home respite
- social skills training
- enhanced case management
- in-home family intervention
- parent coaching and education
- collaboration with community-based services and supports
- educational advocacy
- tracking services
- supportive counseling/conflict mediation
- medication management and support