Compass Counseling & Psychotherapy

Intensive In Community (IIC) Service Description

Providing support to children, adolescents, young adults and families.


Intensive In Community Therapy (IIC)

Intensive In-Community Service (IIC) is an analytical, focused goal oriented, and needs based clinical intervention that addresses emotional and behavioral challenges of youth with moderate to high needs. It may be provided in a youth’s home or in an amenable community location by a licensed behavioral health clinician and is intended to stabilize and support the youth and family in an effort to deter more intensive interventions and to support the youth and family in collaboration with the Child Family Team (CFT) or identified support system. This is a short-term, solution focused intervention that addresses presenting behaviors resulting in the youth and her/his family/care giver/guardian gaining insight and improving function at home and in the community. Youth and families are eligible to receive Intensive In-Community Services if they are receiving Care Management, MRSS services, and as part of the Transitional Planning process from OOH treatment back to the community, through the NJ Children’s System of Care.

The IIC Services are intended to be part of a comprehensive plan of care that is driven by the youth and family to address assessed needs. They must be rendered at a time of day and location optimum to the family. The interventions must be contoured to meet the unique needs of the youth, and are reflective of her/his cultural values and norms and utilize the strengths of the youth and family.

The primary objective of the interventions is symptom reduction and individual skill development with the goal of restoring or maintaining the youth’s functioning. IIC clinicians may provide youth and their families with an array of interventions such as psycho-education, negotiation and conflict resolution skill training, effective coping skills development, healthy limit-setting, emotional regulation skills development, stress management, self-care, symptom management, problem solving skills, and skill building that enhances self-fulfillment. IIC services incorporate the Nurtured Heart Approach values and principles, and are designed to address a specific treatment need(s) as identified by the Child Family Team. IIC providers are expected to be an integral component of Child Family Teams or identified support system.

Treatment is family-driven and youth-specific. The identified treatment needs are clearly documented in the CFT ISP/ICP/treatment plan, which includes specific therapeutic intervention(s) with benchmarks that achieve goals focusing on the restorative functioning of the youth with the intention of:

  • Improving youth and family dynamics and functioning
  • Preventing / reducing the need for higher intensity behavioral health or substance use treatment
  • Preventing /reducing the need and / or risk for inpatient hospitalization or out of home treatment
  • Preserving a youth’s current residence
  • Transitioning youth from out –of –home treatment back into the community

IIC may also address specialized treatment needs relating to co-occurring Substance Use and Behavioral Health as well as Intellectual/Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health challenges. However, youth with specialized needs may require alternative services provided by a specialty Substance Use provider or an IIH provider for youth I/DD challenges. Intensive In-Community Services are short-term with projected time frames of no longer than 3 months. Therapeutic services are typically provided 1 to 2 hours a week. If continued behavioral health treatment is indicated, the youth and family should be transitioned to community-based supports and services that may include treatment that meets clearly identified needs.

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