Short-Term Family Integrated Therapy (S-FIT)

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About Our Program

The Short-Term Family Integrated Therapy (S-FIT) service is a short-term (15 day) residential treatment option providing crisis stabilization and assessment, with rapid reintegration and transition back home. It is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization and admission to a higher level of care, and helps to divert placement disruptions.

Who We Serve

The program serves youth ages 12-17 who are experiencing moderate to significant behavioral health problems and have been assessed as requiring brief out of home care. We provide S-FIT services for seven youth.

What We Provide

A short-term (up to 15 days) family-centered setting for adolescents as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization.  Youth and their families receive a minimum of 3 family sessions per week during the 15 day stay in addition to individual and group therapy. Additional services include medication management,  recreational services, crisis management, environmental support and coordination of after care resources.

Our Goals

The primary goals of the program are to stabilize the family (adoptive, biological, foster, kin, relative etc.) and their extended social system; assess the family’s current strengths and needs; identify and mobilize community resources; and coordinate services to ensure rapid reintegration into the home, school and community.

*Referrals are made through CT Department of Children and Families,  Juvenile Probation, IICAPS, Extended Day Treatment, Emergency Departments and Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services.

Respite Services

The respite component offers brief therapeutic and structured programming to youth for up to 5 consecutive days. We provide respite care for two youth.

*Referrals to the Respite Component are made through CT Department of Children