To develop a comprehensive assessment through multiple evaluations, observations, and monitoring of youth in a structured setting, resulting in a report with recommendations for services that will address identified family and individual youth needs, as well as a recommendation regarding the appropriate level of care for the youth upon discharge from the Short-Term Assessment service. This service is generally utilized when there is insufficient information known about a youth placed in the custody of a child welfare agency, but it has been determined that the youth’s needs cannot be met by emergency foster care. The average length of stay for a child placed for Short-Term Assessment services is 45 days.
Relevant assessment tools are used to identify specific areas of strength and need for the youth. These assessment tools may include, but are not limited to: a psychological evaluation, a chemical dependency evaluation, educational evaluations, a physical examination, a family evaluation, a behavioral needs assessment, and a strength-based assessment. The treatment team, including all SHCS staff, monitors and documents observations of the child’s behavior on a daily basis.
Youth placed for Short-Term Assessment services are provided a minimum of 3 individual and/or family counseling sessions weekly. The family sessions provide an opportunity to observe and intervene in family system dynamics.