Hope For Youth is committed to working with families who have severe odds against them and ICM has an impressive success rate of 75-80% for keeping families together.
The Suffolk ICM Program covers all of Suffolk County.It is capable of meeting the needs of up to 24 children/families at any one time.
In addition to a Program Director and Supervisor, our expert professional team includes four Intensive Case Managers.
This program is designed to prevent the placement of children into foster care. The ICM program also works with youth currently in foster care, who are disrupting their placement. This program stabilizes the placement and avoids further disruption, multiple placements, and placements in more restrictive settings.
Since 2003, this ICM Program has been County funded through a contract with the Suffolk Department of Social Services.
Impressive Favorable Child To Staff Ratio
For children living in their biological homes, the ratio is 4 to 1. For children in foster care the ratio is 10 to 1.
Increased Home Visitations
Intensive Case Managers visit every home twice weekly and provide additional support.
Mobile Office Capabilities
Intensive Case Managers can be reached 24/7 through cell phones and lap tops for round the clock communications and emergencies, if necessary.
Family Enrichment Fund
Money has been built into these programs’ budgets and can be drawn upon to supplement urgent family needs when determined appropriate.
Impressive Education Qualification
All ICM staff, including the Program Director, Supervisor, and Intensive Case Managers, have their Masters degree in Social Work.
Heavy Interfacing With DSS
ICM staff work very closely with DSS. DSS and Child Protective Services provide ICM staff with all information regarding the families past and current functioning so that ICM staff can provide better assessments and recommendations. There is regular communication between the County and ICM.
Interdisciplinary Team Meetings
Biweekly meetings are held with ICM staff, the County Case Worker, and HFY’s Deputy Executive Director, Clinical Director (a licensed Psychologist), and Education Consultant to discuss all cases, review and adjust the service plan as necessary. Every case is reviewed at 30 days and every 60 days thereafter.
Superior Screening Tools
ICM Case Managers conduct home assessment checklists to identify any dangerous physical conditions, and encourage important family feedback about the ICM program through validated screening tools such as the Casey Life Skills Assessment and the Child and Adolescent Strength and Needs Screening.
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