Model Family Programs for Delinquency Prevention
Rating * Promising Target * 0-18 Speciality * Comprehensive
Program * Home Base Program - Coordinated Children's Services Initiative
Description *

  Home Base is designed to deliver wraparound services to families and provide coordinated, community based services and supports to children with emotional and behavioral disabilities and their families. The primary goal is to prevent residential placements of these children and to return children already in care home sooner than otherwise possible. Individualized care plans are developed for families with attention to specific family needs and existing family strengths and abilities. Objectives are: 1) to focus on strengths and partnership, 2) to create an appropriate level of intensity using the natural environment and wrapping services around a child, 3) to create a range of non residential and residential services, 4) to ensure new expectations of professional behavior and shape definitions of appropriate agendas, 5) to establish a mandate to ensure that children receive appropriate mental health services. The population served ranges in age from 5 to 18 years old who are classified severely emotionally disabled. Many clients are also learning disabled. Over half of the children are on probation.

The parent training program consists of six 2 hour sessions focusing on behavior modification. It is an intensive program entitled Parenting Skills Training designed to work effectively with emotionally disturbed children. The basis of this model is the ABC model: Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence. Participants learn to pinpoint behavior, adjust antecedents, and reinforce consequences. Parents learn to handle crises, to build communication skills, and set limits. Meetings with families vary according to specific needs (about 1 hour, at the family's convenience). In-home alcohol and substance abuse counseling is provided. Parent Advocates work with parents and teach them how to interact with their children. Peer Advocates work with children encouraging them to utilize prosocial skills and educate them about drugs and alcoholism. Peer advocates are typically young adults with an emotional history similar to the case child. School liaisons work with the school to provide the best possible educational program for clients.

Home Base Program has prevented residential placement for 80% of their case children.

    Contact * Roberta Karant, Ph.D. 
    Address* 790 Park Avenue 
        Huntington, NY  11743
    Phone * 516 854-9199
    Dept. of Health Promotion and Education

Funded by - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention