Children’s Intensive Services (CIS)

Children’s Intensive Services

CIS provides intensive short-term therapeutic and supportive services to children and adolescents, many of whom have recently been hospitalized or are at risk of repeating hospitalization. When a home environment becomes unstable, CIS provides a family-based approach to crisis resolution. The service is designed to defuse the current crisis, evaluate its nature, stabilize the home, and prevent out-of-home placement. CIS helps preserve the family and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence. Using a team approach, CIS is designed to address identified needs of the child/youth that have severe behavioral and/or emotional problems. Families have access to interventions through crisis response 24 hours a day and 7 days per week by their CIS team.

The CIS program provides short-term (four to twelve weeks) intensive home-based services to families with one or more children who are at imminent risk of being removed from their family and put into out-of-home placement. CIS is offered on a voluntary basis to these select families, and the family must agree to the terms of the service. CIS is provided in the child/youth’s primary language. CIS addresses the immediate needs of the family to prevent placement. Families are then referred to community resources and mental health programs as needed for ongoing and longer-term services.

Services Provided:

  • Behavioral Skills
  • Parent Education
  • Family Therapy
  • Building Communication Skills
  • Connecting to Resources
  • Mutually Developed Goals

What Families Learn

  • Crisis-Resolution—CIS assists the entire family in crisis resolution through individualized services developed in partnership with the family.
  • Establishing Home Stability—CIS strives to keep the family intact by providing home-based behavioral support.
  • Coping and Social Skills—CIS provides self-help and living skills to the child while providing parenting skills to help family members cope with the child/youth’s disorder.
  • Providing Support—CIS monitors effectiveness of interventions and progress while ensuring connections to needed community resources for food, utilities, housing, clothing, and other needs.

CIS is not a stand-alone service. It is used to support an ongoing primary mental health service such as mental health therapy or case management.

For more information, please contact our office at (760) 552-6700