Children’s Services

Allies Inc. has a variety of services to support today’s youth. With our different services, respites and approaches, we try to ensure that every youth that enters into our programs has the opportunity to live their best lives.

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 Individualized 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 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 will occur between the parents/guardians and the transition specialist, therapist and the program director to discuss ongoing progress and future needs of the youth upon the return home.

The Children Service Department also consists of Respite services and Intensive In-Home Clinical services. Respite Services provide care for youth with an intellectual and developmental disabilities as a temporary relief for caregivers. Allies understands disability impacts the entire family unit, and the demands placed on caregivers can be overwhelming at times. Self-care for caregivers is vital and Respite provides the relief that can be needed.  Allies provides both In-Home Respite and After School Programs.

After School Respite occurs at an agency site and focuses of social and recreational experiences. Allies currently provides After School Respite at different locations throughout the state.

Agency Hired Respite occurs within the youth’s home and provide a break to caregivers. The amount of hours per week is determined through an evaluation competed by a Case Worker. Once the hours per week are determined, the family and respite provider can determine the days and times the service is provided.  

For more information, contact PerformCare at 877-652-7624 or http://www.performcarenj.org/pdf/families/family-support-services-facts.pdf

Intensive In-Home Services for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities is provided within the youth’s home and focuses on rehabilitation and habilitation services. This service is provided face-to-face by a clinically licensed practitioner and can be either short or long term. Services can focus 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 skills, social skills and coping skills.

For more information contact PerformCare or visit:

https://www.performcarenj.org/pdf/provider/clinicalcriteria/intensive-in-home-services.pdf

For more information on our Children’s Services, please contact Nicole Lanno at NLanno@alliesnj.org