CA Evidence Based Practices

Age of Child:

Ages 12 to 18

Reason to Refer:

  • Family Needs 
    • Needs support managing difficult pre and teenage behaviors, some monitoring and safety concerns.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Caregiver(s) not effectively monitoring pre/teenage youth.
    • Moderate to high family conflict, youth is displaying some high risk behaviors.
  • Child Functioning 
    Adolescent has behavior problems.
    • Self-destructive behavior
    • Provokes dangerous reactions in caregiver

Venue of Care:

Home-based

Frequency & Duration of Care:

Weekly sessions lasting 15 to 20 weeks

Expected Outcomes:

  • Decrease in youth disruptive behaviors
  • Increase parenting skills and appropriate disciplining
  • Increase in youth academic and social competence
  • Increase supportive family communication
  • Reduction in youth substance use
  • Increased placement stability

General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan:

Medium - provided in the home, provider reviews safety plan each week, no after hours support for the family

Decision Points:

  • An adult caregiver is able to consistently participate in service with the youth. Other family members also can be involved (when another adult(s)'s involvement is needed to solve problem).
  • Helpful for high conflict situations.
  • Cannot be involved in other family therapy's.

Parent Handouts:

Restrictions:

  • Not to address sexual behaviors
  • Participants with moderate or severe cognitive impairment

Program Supports:

NO after-hours support

Service Elements:

Youth and family therapy

Field of Services:

  • Sessions are weekly and typically last 10 to 15 weeks.
  • Comprehensive front-end assessment of child and family functioning.
  • Appropriate for caregivers who would benefit more from individualized parenting plan.
  • Program delivery can be very flexible, based on the family's needs.

Age of Child:

Birth to 17

Reason to Refer:

  • For children at imminent risk of placement where services can manage threats in the family home.
  • For children who are scheduled to reunify within 7 days.

Venue of Care:

Intensive home-based intervention

Frequency & Duration of Care:

Therapists are on call 24/7. Services range between 30 to 45 days.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Parents ability to safely care for this child is increased and child can remain safely in the parent's care
  • Connection of families to community resources

General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan:

HIGH - frequently in the family home, on-call for parents 24/7

Decision Points:

  • For children at imminent risk of placement where services can manage threats in the family home.
  • For children who are scheduled to reunify within 7 days.

Parent Handouts:

Restrictions:

None

Program Supports:

  • $200 concrete funds goods and services
  • Can provide assistance with family and individual level tasks associated with safety plan

Service Elements:

Family Needs

  • Needs support managing difficult child and teenage behaviors, some monitoring and safety concerns.

Family Discipline

  • Caregiver(s) not effectively monitoring pre/teenage youth.
  • Moderate to high family conflict, youth is displaying some high risk behaviors.

Child Functioning

Adolescent has behavior problems

  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Provokes dangerous reactions in caregiver

Field of Services:

  • Sessions are multiple times weekly with phone contact between sessions
  • Initial Contact - within three forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of referral
  • Initial in-home visit within 5 business days of receipts of referral (excluding weekends and holidays)
  • Final Service summary within 10 days of service completion

Additional Links:

Age of Child:

  • Birth and 8 months for baby group
  • 9 months and 2 years for BASIC toddler group
  • 2 and 8 years for the preschool BASIC group

Reason to Refer:

  • Family Needs
    • Parents in need of positive, nurturing, non-violent parenting strategies.
    • Needs support managing difficult child behaviors.
  • Family Discipline
    • Concerns about parent-child relationships.
    • Caregiver(s) frustrated but uses self-control, discipline may be inconsistent, lacks effective management.
  • Child Functioning
    • Child has behavior problems. Child provokes dangerous reactions in caregivers.

Venue of Care:

Office-based

Frequency & Duration of Care:

Weekly sessions lasting 10- 18 weeks

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increase appropriate parenting skills
  • Increase appropriate parental discipline
  • Improve parent-child relationship
  • Decrease in child behavior problems

General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan:

LOW - No contact with family in the home, No after hours support for the family

Decision Points:

  • Parent good candidate for group training (would like being with other parents; may not need individual coaching). Okay that parent is coached without the child.

Parent Handouts:

Restrictions:

  • Parent is a registered sex offender
  • Participants cannot be registered sex offenders
  • Parent good candidate for group training (would like being with other parents; may not need individual coaching). Okay that parent is coached without the child.

Program Supports:

  • NO after-hours support
  • Provides transportation to families needing
  • On-site supervision for the children of group participant
  • A meal is provided at each training

Service Elements:

Group-based parent training

Field of Services:

  • Initial Contact - within three (3) days of receipt of referral
  • Classes are weekly
  • Provider contacts the family at least once per week outside the group session
  • Monthly service summary reports to social worker
  • Three types of IY classes
    • 2 and 8 years for the preschool BASIC group
    • Birth and 8 months for baby group
    • 9 months and 2 years for BASIC toddler group

Additional Links:

Age of Child:

Ages 2 to 7

Reason to Refer:

  • Family Needs 
    • Needs one-on-one parenting coaching on a weekly basis.
    • Parents in need of positive, nurturing, non-violent parenting strategies.
    • Needs support managing difficult child behaviors.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Caregiver(s) frustrated but uses self-control.
    • May have negative feelings toward child.
    • May use violence or threats to control behavior, lacks effective management.
  • Child Functioning 
    • Child has behavior problems.
    • Child provokes dangerous reactions in caregivers.

Venue of Care:

Office-based and home-based

Frequency & Duration of Care:

Weekly sessions lasting 12 to 16 weeks

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increase appropriate parenting skills
  • Increase appropriate parental discipline
  • Improve parent-child relationship
  • Decrease in child behavior problems
  • Reduction in re-occurrence of physical abuse reports

General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan:

Low - Office-based

Medium Low - Home-based, no after hours support for the family

Decision Points:

  • Parent has access to their child to practice skills in between sessions.

Parent Handouts:

Restrictions:

None

Program Supports:

  • NO after-hours support
  • NO travel support for office based service delivery
  • NO concrete goods

Service Elements:

Parent training 

Field of Services:

  • Initial Contact - within three three (3) business days of receipt of referral
  • Initial in-person visit within one week of receipts of referral (excluding weekends and holidays)
  • Reports
    • Initial Contact Report within two weeks of the initial appointment;
    • Service Update within 30 days of the 4th coaching session;
    • Service update within 30 days of the 10th coaching session; and
    • Service Summary within 30 days of the end of the case.
  • Final Service summary

Age of Child:

Ages 2 to 16

Reason to Refer:

  • Family Needs 
    • Needs individualized support managing typical developmental transitions and/or dealing with significant behavioral challenges.
    • May need improvements in the parent-child relationship.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Caregiver(s) frustrated, may occasionally lose self-control, discipline may be inconsistent, and lacks effective management.
    • May use violence or threats to control behavior.
  • Child Functioning 
    • Range from typical developmental challenges to behavioral problems.
    • Provokes dangerous reactions in caregivers.

Venue of Care:

Primarily in the home, also can be done in the community or office-based

Frequency & Duration of Care:

Weekly sessions lasting 1 to 15 weeks

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increase appropriate parenting skills
  • Increase appropriate parental discipline and behavior management
  • Improve parent-child relationship
  • Decrease in child behavior problems

General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan:

Low (Office-based)

Medium (Home-based)

Decision Points:

  • Child has just returned to the family home after being in out of home placement for a period time
  • Parents are in need of parenting help to increase safety and prevent out of home placement
  • Child is between the ages of 18 months to 17 years

Parent Handouts:

Restrictions:

  • Caregivers need to be able to participate in 10-15 weeks of the program (i.e., no imminent moves or family transitions), no major psychopathology on the part of the caregivers that would interfere with their ability to participate in the program (e.g., actively psychotic, debilitating depression)
  • Child has significant developmental delays

Program Supports:

Can be offered in the home, community, or clinic setting

Service Elements:

Parent Training

Field of Services:

  • Sessions are weekly and typically last 10 to 15 weeks.
  • Comprehensive front-end assessment of child and family functioning.
  • Appropriate for caregivers who would benefit more from individualized parenting plan.
  • Program delivery can be very flexible, based on the family's needs.

Age of Child:

Birth to 3 years

Reason to Refer:

  • Concerns about quality of parent-child relationship
  • Child is being reunified after being out the parent's care for a period of time
  • Parent needs information about infant and toddler social and emotional development
  • Parent needs help developing and expressing empathy towards their young child

Venue of Care:

This service is provided in the family's home

Frequency & Duration of Care:

  • 10-14 weekly sessions
  • Session are approximately 60 minutes each week

Expected Outcomes:

  • parent has increased understanding of infant and toddler social and emotional health and development
  • parent has increased capacity to reflect on their own feelings and their child's feeling in order to provide empathetic, compassionate care for their child
  • increased positive relationship between the parent and the child

General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan:

Medium - this service is provided in the home and the counselor will check in with the family weekly about the safety plan

Decision Points:

  • Ages- 0-3 years
  • Reunification of a young child with a parent
  • Parent is need of help to build a positive relationship with their young child

Parent Handouts:

Restrictions:

Program Supports:

Service Elements:

Field of Services:

Additional Links:

Age of Child:

Birth to 5

Reason to Refer:

  • Family Needs 
    • Parents need help creating and maintaining a safe home environment.
    • Needs to learn how to care for the children when sick or injured.
    • Parents in need of basic parenting skills/support.
  • Family Discipline 
    • Families experiencing neglect related issues such as medical neglect or environmental neglect.
    • Parents learn basic parent-child interaction skills and providing children with rules and consequences.
  • Child Functioning 
    • Targets typically developing children exhibiting none or mild behavior problems.

Venue of Care:

Home-based

Frequency & Duration of Care:

Weekly sessions lasting 18 to 20 weeks

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increase parents' understanding and management of child illness and injuries.
  • Increase home safety.
  • Improve and enhance safe parenting skills.

General Capacity to Support a Safety Plan:

Medium - provided in the home, provider reviews safety plan each week, no after hours support for the family

Decision Points:

  • Caregiver predominantly needs services to treat neglect. Children who were neglected are 0-5 age range.

Parent Handouts:

Restrictions:

None

Program Supports:

  • NO after-hours support
  • $200 of Concrete funds

Service Elements:

Parent training with a focus on neglect related issues

Field of Services:

  • Sessions are weekly
  • Initial Contact - within three forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of referral
  • Initial in-home visit within 5 business days of receipts of referral (excluding weekends and holidays)
  • Monthly service summaries
  • Final Service summary