Suffolk Intensive and Supportive Case Management
Hope For Youth’s Intensive and Supportive Case Management (ISCM) program is an out-patient preventative service that provides children and their families with the support and treatment needed to stabilize a youth’s immediate living situation and prevent the placement of children into foster care or a higher level of care. The ISCM staff establish good working relationships with the children and their families while connecting them to community resources that will provide ongoing support to assist with maintaining the family unit.
The ISCM Program is a contract program with Suffolk County Department of Social Services and all referrals come directly from them.
About the Intensive Case Management (ICM) Track
Hope For Youth’s ICM track, available throughout Suffolk County, can accommodate the needs of up to 8 children and their families from ages 5-17. Through intensive twice weekly visits, in-home care and services, the ICM program is designed to help prevent disruption, multiple placements and placements in more restrictive settings. Children and families referred to the intensive track are those displaying more significant behaviors that require more frequent contact and intervention.
About the Supportive Case Management (SCM) Track
Hope For Youth’s SCM track, available throughout Suffolk County, can accommodate the needs of up to 40 children and their families from ages 0-17, with an emphasis on those who are directly placed with caregivers or n-docket. Through twice monthly visits, in-home care and services, a focus on the SCM program is designed to help prevent disruption, multiple placements, and placements in more restrictive settings. The children and families referred to the supportive track are those requiring supports such as connections to community resources and coordination of services.
ISCM Staff: Professional and Dedicated
ISCM services are conducted by Hope For Youth’s qualified and professional staff. From the Directors and Supervisor to each of the Case Managers, all are Licensed Masters of Social Work. Our ISCM’s are on call 24/7 via mobile phone and Internet technologies for around-the-clock communication and to respond to any emergencies.
Home Visits and Screenings
ISCM staff conduct home assessments to identify disruptive conditions. HFY’s case managers utilize proven screening tools such as the Casey Life Skills Assessment and Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs Screening. These tools help assess the behaviors and competencies of each child and evaluate the skills needed to achieve the long-term goal of developing a healthy and productive life. In addition, all staff are trained in Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a goal-directed, client-centered intervention for eliciting behavioral change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambience.
Family Enrichment Funds
Hope For Youth’s ISCM program has been funded by Suffolk County through the Suffolk County Department of Social Services since 2003. Funds are built into the program budget to supplement urgent family needs when determined appropriate. Funds have been used to assist families with critical bills such as electric bills, heating costs, clothing, food etc.
Interdisciplinary Team Meetings and DSS
The Hope For Youth ISCM team and Suffolk County Case Workers meet biweekly to review and adjust individual ISCM plans as necessary. For the ICM program, every case is reviewed at 30 days and every 60 days thereafter. For the SCM program, every case is reviewed at 30 days, 3rd month and 6th month.
Department of Social Services
ISCM staff work closely with Suffolk DSS. Through interdisciplinary assessments, DSS and Child Protective Services provide the HFY ISCM team with information pertaining to the families past and current functioning so that the Case Managers can provide recommendations for going forward. Communication between Suffolk County and HFY is ongoing.
Referrals must come directly from the Suffolk County Department of Social Services liaison to Hope For Youth.