Individualized Youth Services (formerly Integrated Services Program) offers services that fall into three general categories:
| Crisis Intervention ~ to respond to crisis situations
| Respite ~ to assure the resilience of the family is maintained
| Daily Living Skills ~ to promote independence and growth
Crisis Intervention (SPC Code 507.03)
Due to the severe emotional disturbance our children struggle with we frequently see behavioral meltdowns in various environments, such as home school or community that create a danger to themselves or others. As a result crisis intervention is a critical part of our program to keep the child and community safe.
Twenty-four hour crisis intervention by a staff member that the family and child trust is a unique aspect of our program. The police have the vital role of transporting children that have become a danger to themselves or others to the extent that IYS staff cannot safely transport. Police transport enables IYS staff to respond to the needs of the children anywhere, at any time, no matter how severe they become. However, police transport is only needed in extreme situations. But when it is needed, it is imperative in ensuring the safety of IYS personnel, the community, and the child.
Often times children with severe emotional disturbance lack the skills of flexibility and frustration management. We work with them until we find a method that helps them structure their thinking. Life remains difficult for our children but manageable most of the time. Families are critical to our success. Our main role with the families is support.
Respite (SPC Code 103.99)
The temporary assumption of responsibilities of a person who provides for the home care of another. For example, the parents of a child with SED are relieved twice a week by someone who comes into their home to help, or the child goes to a facility for a set period of time. The goal is to give the caregiver a break from the responsibility so that tensions are minimized. This also allows the caregiver to pursue other interests or personal needs while assuring that the child does not require institutional care.
Daily Living Skills (SPC Code 110)
Daily living skills training services provide education and skill development or training to improve the participant’s ability to independently perform routine daily activities and effectively utilize community resources. Services are instructional, focused on skill development and are not intended to provide substitute task performance.