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Oklahoma Children's Services - Programs

Comprehensive Home-Based Services (CHBS): is an evidence-based parent training program that was developed for families involved in the child welfare system, or at high risk for involvement, due to neglect, physical abuse or both, with a primary goal of reducing subsequent maltreatment by helping parents learn new skills. The CHBS is a program that utilizes the SafeCare® model. The SafeCare® model addresses parental behaviors related to home safety, home cleanliness, child medical care, and parent-child interactions. SafeCare® targets families with children from birth to age 5. CHBS are provided for children who have been exposed to severe safety threats and their families to strengthen parental protective capacities to maintain the children safely in their own home and/or those children who have been removed from their homes to help them move towards permanency. Provider staff will provide or link families to community resources and monitor and evaluate a child's physical environments for safety and appropriateness. Provider staff will work with families to make immediate critical safety improvements and longer term quality of life living condition improvements. Provider staff will use specific behavioral techniques and assessment with families, including instructions, modeling and practice with feedback. Provider staff will provide timely, periodic completion of a combination of multi-level assessments that includes clinical measurement tools and other data collection instruments to identify treatment needs and assess progress towards family goals. Provider staff visit with a family one to two times a week for approximately two hours. The length of the program can last up to six months, with the average length of service usually around four months.

Parent Aide Services (PAS): is an in-home, non-therapeutic service designed to encourage parenting skill development for families affected by or at risk of child abuse or neglect. PAS differs from CHBS in target population and complexity of service delivery. PAS are provided to children who have experienced lower levels of safety threats, and have been determined to be safe, and the circumstances of abuse or neglect did not require the removal of the children from their families. Families referred to PAS are usually young or first-time parents whose children are at lower risk of abuse or neglect. PAS are designed to provide basic in-home instruction for parent education and skill development, financial stability and improved home management provided by trained paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals become a role model to parents who need help in dealing with life's daily challenges. Services include the modeling of parenting skills, problem solving techniques, housekeeping, home management, budgeting, obtaining medical, health and education services, and teaching parents the developmental stages and needs of children. Provider staff make referral to community social service agencies, provide transportation, and help families develop other support systems. SafeCare® is delivered when deemed necessary. Provider staff visit with a family one to two times a week for approximately two hours. The length of the program can last up to six months, with the average length of service usually around four months.

Title IV-E Prevention Services: are evidence-based services that have been rated and approved by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse and identified in the State’s five-year Title IV-E Prevention Program Plan, per Family First Prevention Services Act, Public Law 115-123. Title IV-E Prevention Services are prevention and treatment services for mental health and substance abuse and in-home parent skill-based programs that include parenting skills training, parent education, and individual and family counseling aimed to meet the needs of the child, parent or kin caregiver that are directly related to safety, permanency, or well-being. Title IV-E Prevention Services are provided to children who are a candidate for foster care, pregnant or parenting youth in foster care, and the parent/kin caregivers of those children and youth to prevent the child from entering foster care or ensure a pregnant or parenting foster youth is prepared to be a parent.

Intercept®: is an integrated, trauma-informed intensive in-home parenting skills program. Intercept® was developed with the goal of safely preventing children from being placed in out of home care, or in the cases where that is unavoidable, reunifying families faster. The program was designed for youth from birth to age 18 who have emotional and/or behavioral problems and/or are at risk for child abuse or neglect and their families. Intercept® is provided by Bachelor's and Master's level providers who are specially trained in the model and work under the supervision of a licensed mental health provider. Family Intervention Specialists work with both the child and the caregivers through a comprehensive treatment approach to address issues impacting family stability, meeting with families on an average of three times a week, depending on family need, and providing 24-hour on-call crisis support. The duration of services can last from four to nine months, with a typical length of service of about four to six months.

Intensive Safety Services (ISS): is a home based, short term, therapeutic service focused on preventing the removal of children. ISS is offered to families when there is a determination that a child is unsafe (and after a predictive risk model (PREMISS) determines them to be eligible) and if an appropriate safety monitor can be identified, to receive the services they need without taking the child into custody. ISS are designed to assist parents in initiating longer term services to address safety threats including but not limited to domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health. The children may or may not be involved in ISS depending upon the safety plan and the needs of the family. Services are provided by master’s level clinicians who are focused on the parents and visits them in the home 3-4 times per week for a total of 8-12 hours per week for about 6 weeks. The family then steps down to CHBS after 4 to 6 weeks of intensive services. ISS are provided to families involved with the child welfare system and are participating through Family Centered Services (FCS) or Court Supervision.

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