Intensive In-Home Services

Gillis IIS provides immediate, intensive, short-term, in-home crisis intervention and family education services to families whose children are at immediate risk of out-of-home placement. Duration of the intervention is from four to six weeks during which time the program provides an in-home specialist who is available to the family 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Intensive In-home Services (IIS) offer families in crisis the alternative to remain safely together, averting the unnecessary out-of-home placement of children. IIS is based upon the belief that families can, through intervention, learn to nurture their children, improve their functioning, gain support within their communities, enabling them to remain safely together. Families that have a child or children at imminent risk of removal from the home due to neglect, abuse, family violence, mental illness, emotional disturbance, juvenile status offense, or juvenile delinquency may be candidates for IIS.

Services are provided in the family’s home or other natural setting. Families are assigned one (1) principal specialist who is responsible for spending an average of eight (8) to ten (10) hours per week (more if needed) over the course of the intervention, in direct contact with the family. IIS combines skill-based intervention with maximum flexibility so that services are available to families according to their unique needs. Trained specialists teach families problem-solving and other life skills. In addition, the IIS specialist provides information to families regarding available helping resources. In all, IIS focuses on assisting in crisis management and restoring the family to an acceptable level of functioning.