Working With Children and Youth With Complex Clinical Needs: Strategies in the Safe Reduction of Congregate Care
Working With Children and Youth With Complex Clinical Needs:
Strategies in the Safe Reduction of Congregate Care
Use this guide to learn about an array of strategies to safely reduce congregate care. The guide is designed to help child welfare administrators, supervisors, workers, and private agencies use congregate care and other placement options appropriately, particularly for children and youth with complex clinical needs.
Read A User's Guide to the Working With Children and Youth With Complex Clinical Needs: Strategies in the Safe Reduction of Congregate Care Guide (PDF - 156 KB) to learn more about this resource and how it can help agencies develop and implement program and practice strategies to safely and effectively increase family-based placement options that meet children's mental and behavioral health needs.
Introduction to the current population and trends in congregate care as well as partnerships with private agencies, including:
- Current trends and population profile
- Partnership with private agencies
Practice Strategies for the safe reduction of congregate care, including state and provider examples. Practice strategies include:
- Expanding services to avoid removal and to support safe return home
- Using early trauma screening and assessments to enable the implementation of tailored mental health services
- Increasing the availability of family-based placement options
Program Strategies for the safe reduction of congregate care, including state and provider examples. Program strategies include:
- Working with congregate care providers to change the service array and practices
- Developing highly skilled, clinically informed workforces to work with children and youth who are likely candidates for congregate care
- Supporting data collection to inform practices and ensure better outcomes
- Developing a multidisciplinary committee review process
- Monitoring facilities to ensure quality service
Organizational Assessment that can assist states, tribes, territories, and private providers in assessing their current usage of congregate care and identify strengths and challenges in building capacity to serve children and youth with complex clinical needs.