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Intercept: Helping Families Stay Together

The Youth Villages Intercept in-home services program provides treatment to troubled children and families in their own homes at times convenient for the families.

  • The program serves children of any age (infant to age 18) who have serious emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Intercept specializes in diverting youth from out-of-home placements such as residential treatment facilities, foster homes, psychiatric residential treatment centers, hospitals or group homes, and in successfully reuniting children with their families in the community.
  • Diversion services generally last four to six months, while reunification services generally last six to nine months. Intercept family intervention specialists are skilled at reuniting families even when the child has been out of the home for an extended period.

All treatment is family-centered and includes strength-based interventions. Our comprehensive treatment approach includes family therapy, mental health treatment for caregivers, parenting skills education, educational interventions, development of positive peer groups, and extensive help for families and children in accessing community resources and long-term, ongoing support.

Intercept family intervention specialists provide services to the family, rather than just to the youth, meeting with families at least three times weekly and remaining on-call around the clock. We tailor services to meet each family’s needs, while measuring treatment progress through ongoing assessment and review. Specialists collaborate with other providers, case workers and courts to formulate a collaborative treatment plan. Small case loads – four to six families – allow our family intervention specialists to focus on the individual needs of each child and family we serve.

Youth Villages partners with state and federal leaders to bring about major reforms to the juvenile justice, child welfare and children’s mental health systems. Our research-based programs help states reform their social services systems by providing measurable, sustainable results at a lower cost. We achieve cost savings by diverting youth from out-of-home placements, offering in-home services as an alternative and working toward family reunification. Our ongoing outcome evaluation studies have demonstrated that 82 percent of youth are successful up to two years after discharge from the program.*


*Based on follow-ups through September 2014

Intercept Locations

The Youth Villages Intercept program is available in the states/regions listed below. Please see individual state pages for office locations and services offered through each location:

About Us
Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health bringing help and hope to more than 25,000 children, families and young people across the United States this year. The organization offers a continuum of evidence- and research-based programs, including its two national models: YVIntercept, which offers intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSet, which gives former foster youth a good start on a successful adulthood.
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