FOR AGENCY UPDATES ON COVID-19 AND OUR PROGRAMS

Children’s Services

Allies Inc. offers a variety of services and approaches to support today’s youth. We strive to provide children and adolescents with comprehensive, customized treatment in a safe, positive and nurturing environment, while keeping family members engaged with their loved one’s treatment plans and progress.

Out of Home Services

The agency currently has an Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) program and Crisis Stabilization and Assessment Program (CSAP) approved by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, providing short-term, out-of-home treatment for males and females between the age of 11-17 years old diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as a co-occurring mental health diagnosis or crisis. The programs are highly structured with an emphasis on stabilization to establish a consistent and predictable environment. All staff within the program are trained and educated on trauma informed care and provide/ implement Crisis Stabilization and Assessment services. Each program includes a clinical team that consists of a Youth therapist, Master-level Program Director, Behavior Support Specialist, Nurse and Psychiatrist. Day-to-day treatment will also be provided by 24/7 staffing of Residential Counselors. 

Each youth receives comprehensive diagnostic assessments that will also be included in an Individual Service Plan (ISP) within seven days of admission. Within the Allies, Inc. IRTS program, evidence based interventions are applied by our clinical staff which included applied behavior analysis, trauma informed care/environmental modifications, treatment teams that include clinical and nursing staff as well as support network members, parent/family involvement, individual therapy, group therapy, dialectical  and behavior treatment.

Program Approach

Youth admitted to this program are in need of immediate crisis stabilization. Program staff are highly trained in de-escalation and engagement techniques including Nurtured Heart and the 6- Core Strategies to reduce seclusion and restraint use.

The programs incorporate a supportive, nurturing environment and individualized therapeutic supports to allow youth to develop the skills needed to transition to a less restrictive setting. Youth within the program may receive therapy in a varied range of modalities that will be specific to their individualized needs. Clinical interventions begin immediately to promote engagement with youth(s), ensure a comfortable setting and promote consistency.

The programs utilize applied behavioral analysis to identify and address maladaptive target behaviors and increase appropriate replacement behaviors that will articulate to long term stabilization at home or in an alternate out-of-home living situation. The applied behavioral analysis approach will be used in conjunction with a variety of therapeutic/clinical interventions to address emotional needs of youth. Communication techniques/skills, socialization and academic instruction will also be incorporated to the youth’s individualized service plan through collaboration between the program and support network. In the instance that certain behaviors or mental health symptoms may become more apparent in social or academic settings, the program will work together with the support network and Children’s System of Care (CSOC), Care Management Organization (CMO) and academic provider to develop an appropriate intervention to address the behavioral needs for the corresponding setting.

To ensure long term post discharge success, parenting strategies and supports will be utilized. This will allow the successful continuation of supports through the transition from the residential setting to the home environment. Frequent meetings to discuss ongoing progress and future needs of the youth upon the return to home will occur between the parents/guardians, the CMO, therapist, behaviorist, psychiatrist, nurses, program director and program manager.

Intensive In-Home Clinical Services for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities can also be provided within the youth’s home and focuses on rehabilitation and habilitation. This service is provided face-to-face by a clinically licensed practitioner and can be either short or long-term. Services may concentrate on a youth’s functional level after an acute episode due to a mental illness; or assist the youth with acquiring and/or improving adaptive, social, and coping skills.

For more information on Intensive In-Home Clinical Services, contact PerformCare at 877-652-7624 or visit http://www.performcarenj.org/.

For more information please contact Tara Prezioso, Director of Children’s Services, at tprezioso@alliesnj.org.