• Devereux Massachusetts

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Follow Along/After Care Services

Devereux provides intensive home-based family interventions and supports to youth and families in preparation for their return to the community or home. These services can begin 30 days prior to discharge and continue for 3 months after discharge to ensure a successful transition back to the community.

Goals

Follow Along/After Care services are designed to:

  • Support families in caring for their children at home through intensive training, skill building and family therapy.
  • Assist in identifying community based services and recreational activities.
  • Help with transitioning individual and group treatment to community providers.
  • Assist in communicating and advocating with schools.
  • Ensure that discharge planning and recommendations are carried out.
  • Offer respite care and crisis services if needed.

Services

While the child is still living at the residential or group home program, intensive home-based treatment will take place during homes visits (between 1 and 3 sessions per week). Starting with preparing the child for the transition, Follow Along Services address any barriers to reunification and help translate what worked well in the residential or group home program to what will work well in the community.

After the child has moved home, services continue with home visits by our professional staff for up to 3 months.

  • Initially, a total of 4 visits per week can be scheduled, then gradually the number of visits will decrease over time.
  • Access to groups and activities at the residential or group home program may continue during this time (DBT, PAYA, skills groups).
  • Collaboration with school districts and school personnel will focus on highlighting the student’s strengths and creating behavior and incentive plans. Devereux staff may also attend IEP meetings.
  • Parent training, psycho-education and solution-based family therapy will continue.
  • Individualized safety plans are developed based on youth and family need.
  • Assistance with coordination of and transportation to and from appointments will be provided.
  • At discharge, the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) will be completed.

24/7  Professional Support

Devereux’s professional staff are available for assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days a week during the Follow Along service period. The professional team consists of:

  • An experienced, master’s level Clinician
  • A Bachelor’s level Direct Care Staff

Continuity of Care

Follow Along planning begins at the onset of placement. In order to ensure continuity of care, the Follow Along team is integrated into the residential and/or group home services and is familiar with the youth and Family. This team continues working with the youth and family in their transition back to the community.