Programs: Crisis Respite


Teenage Girl Comforting Another Girl

In partnership with Columbia Care and Jackson County Mental Health, Family Solutions provides a nurturing and home-like respite environment for eligible youth. Concord House (Medford) and Coach House (GranTS Pass) are licensed Treatment Foster Homes where members of the treatment team participate in the process of helping the youth and family during the respite period. These unique crisis respite homes have been developed to help youth avoid the unnecessary and costly trip to the hospital through evidence-based, quality care in the community. Often the youth in respite are able to continue going to school and other daily activities while remaining safe and working on a plan to return home.

The goal of the program is to provide a safe and caring environment for one to five days to stabilize the youth and provide the family with respite so the youth can return home.

Staffing

  • The Crisis Respite home has two foster parent figures who live in the home and provide for the youth’s physical and emotional needs.
  • The foster parents are carefully screened to ensure they meet the agency’s requirements for a certified foster parent.
  • Foster parents are certified by a Family Solutions Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program certifier. A home study is completed.
  • The foster parents attend 32 hours of foster parent training.
  • The TFC certifier meets with the foster parents and provides ongoing consultation and training.
  • The TFC program manager oversees the program

Target Population

  • The program serves youth aged 4 to 17, both male and female.
  • Youth referred to the program are struggling with their relationships with family members and may be at risk of possible out-of-home placement.

Geographic Area Served

  • Youth are referred from Jackson County.

Entry Criteria

The youth is:

  • between 4 and 17 years of age
  • a resident of Jackson County, Oregon (Concord House, Medford) or Josephine Count, Oregon (Coach House, Grants Pass)
  • undergoing issues of long-term duration
  • experiencing serious behavioral issues
  • able to be maintained in a respite foster home setting

Restrictions in Eligibility

  • Youth whose primary handicapping conditions are either major organic deficits or other physical conditions requiring unavailable staff skills or whose severely limited intellectual functioning may not be appropriate for the program
  • Pervasive developmental delay or autism spectrum disorder must not be the primary mental health diagnosis
  • Youth who require a secure setting

Referrals

  • All referrals come from Jackson County Mental Health (JCMH) care coordinators.
  • Parents need to sign the youth into the respite home.
  • Parents sometimes transport the youth; other transports may be the police or Trans Link.
  • JCMH completes the entry paperwork and conducts assessments as needed.

Services

  • Respite Care: The foster parents offer a home-like environment and provide for all the needs of the youth while in their home, including meals, bedtime routines, recreational activities, appointments they may need to attend, assistance with attending school, etc.
  • Case Management: The foster parents and/or the TFC certifier coordinate regarding any issues that arise during the youth’s stay in the home. Jackson County Mental Health coordinates all services provided to the youth.

Length of Stay

One to five days

Average Daily Population Served

One to two youth

More Information

Contact Family Solutions for more details about its programs or information regarding referrals.

 
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