Large-Scale Multi-year Service Provision

Families in Crisis

Families in Crisis (FIC) has been in existence since the mid-1970s. The IMRP began funding its Tomorrow’s Children (TC) program in June of 2008. The program provides clinical and case management support to children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers. FIC’s involvement with a client can last up to 13 months. During the initial year of funding, from June 2008 until August 2009, 60 children began receiving services. In the second year, beginning in August 2009 and ending in August 2010, 60 new children were served. The IMRP signed a contract with FIC to provide a third year of services beginning September 2010 and concluding February 2012. The IMRP, in collaboration with CCSU faculty, is evaluating the effectiveness of direct care services in alleviating negative responses to parental incarceration and improving the positive attributes of children of incarcerated parents.

Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic

Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic provides trauma-informed counseling, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, group therapy, case management and Wraparound Milwaukee model’s care management services to children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers, when appropriate, in the Greater New Haven area. Upon referral for services, each client is assessed and depending upon the needs identified, matched for services that may best suit each individual and family.

Child Health and Development Institute of CT

Child Health and Development Institute of CT (CHDI) manages the state’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) under the auspices of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Through this statewide collaborative, CHDI supervises the acute response of area service providers as a quality management tool for DCF. Through this funding, CHDI is utilizing this already-existing framework to provide a comprehensive research, training and service delivery program to serve children of incarcerated parents. This program contains three major components: 1) development of a best practices model and training curriculum and materials for collaborative EMPS, police, DCF response when a child’s parent/caregiver is incarcerated or arrested, using local and national experts; 2) training Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) police officers, EMPS clinicians and DCF investigators to use a theory and evidence-based joint response protocol for children when a parent is arrested; and 3) overseeing and ensuring implementation of acute stabilization and intervention immediately following the arrest of a parent/caregiver, including service linkage when a child with an incarcerated parent/caregiver is in crisis.

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