Intensive Treatment in Foster Care is an intensive therapeutic program designed to help children and youth with significant mental health symptoms and impairments in their functional abilities who are currently living in family foster care settings. It is intended to help maintain placement stability and prevent the need for a higher level of care, to support families during transitions from foster care, or as a step down from residential placements. Intensive Treatment in Foster Care enables children to get the care and treatment they need while living in safe, stable home environments. These services are delivered using trauma informed, evidence based practices to achieve the treatment outcomes identified in the child or youth’s individual treatment plan. Provider agencies are certified by the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division.
Intensive Treatment in Foster Care is eligible for children living in licensed family foster care, kinship or pre-adoptive placements under the age of 21. Children and youth must be diagnosed with a mental illness, and display functional impairments which require a need for intensive therapeutic services to help maintain safety in the home and community.