Building Bridges for youth in need
We believe in our youth! Our program supports juveniles who are high-risk because of their homelife, family struggles, mental health and substance use disorder. Building Bridges is a home-based therapy program that provides therapeutic services to at-risk juveniles and their families.
Juveniles who are involved in the court system are at a higher risk for future juvenile justice involvement. These children and their families may experience mental health challenges, substance use, domestic violence and family criminality. Referrals to participate in our program come directly from juvenile court counselors, schools or members of the community.
Goals of the Building Bridges program
- Improved child and family behaviors
- Decrease the behaviors that caused the referral
- Child remains in their home environment
- Within 12 months of completing the program, the child does not receive any new charges, does not receive school suspensions and has no new criminal complaints
Benefits of participating in Building Bridges
- Helps keep a child in their home environment
- Focuses on the family’s strengths
- Unique and caring way to help at-risk children and their families
- Opportunity to involve parents and caregivers to increase the child’s success
- Support team is available 24/7
Learn more about Building Bridges
Juvenile Court Counselors or school personnel refer youth and their families directly to us. From there, a licensed clinician will conduct an assessment to determine the family’s needs within three days of the receiving the referral. The clinician will decide if the Building Bridges program is a good match for the needs of the family. Within 10 days of receiving the referral, an intake assessment and treatment plan will be developed.
We believe that parents and guardians are the most important part of our treatment model. Each family’s treatment plan will include strategies to improve the parent’s effectiveness and the quality of their relationship with the child. Interventions focus on what’s happening in the child’s life and provide clear measures of success. Treatment interventions are appropriate for the child’s age and developmental needs.
The program requires daily or weekly efforts as a family in order to demonstrate their commitment to change. Services are delivered in the child’s home and focus on wherever the child is involved (home, school and within the community). The number of treatment sessions vary depending on the needs.
The best practice model used by Building Bridges is Eco Systemic Family Therapy ESFT an evidence-based treatment model. ESFT is a short-term strengths-based approach that has as its primary goal to shift the maladaptive interactions both within family subsystems and between them and between the family and the community.
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