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Outcomes & Evidence-Based Approaches

Covenant House New York implements proven and evidence-based practice models. These models improve the work we do by enhancing our practice and improving outcomes. All employees who work directly with young people are trained in the relevant practice models.

  • Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

    IPS is an evidence-based supportive employment model that has been proven to increase employment and mental health outcomes among vulnerable youth. Mainstream education and technical training are included as ways to advance career paths. IPS promotes competitive employment, systematic job development, time-unlimited supports, zero exclusion, considers the preferences of the prospective employees, and integrates services within other frameworks of the program.

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

    This is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. The practice uses open-ended questions, affirmation, reflective listening, and other skills to help the practitioner elicit the client’s internal motivation. All staff at CHNY will are currently undergoing year-long training with certified trainers to adhere to this model.

  • SafeCare

    This model will be used in our emerging Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program for Young Adult Families. SafeCare is an in-home parent training program that teaches and reinforces parenting skills through interactive modules and practitioner guidance. SafeCare aims to increase positive parent-child interaction, improve how parents care for their children’s health, and enhance home safety and parent supervision.

  • Safe Crisis Management (SCM)

    This model ensures that our staff understand our young people’s behavior through a trauma-informed lens, and encourage our staff to develop a sense of acute triggers and potentially confrontational scenarios within our environment. Crisis intervention and de-escalation effectively create a culture of safety and respect, and lessen the occurrence of severe incidents.

  • Screening, Brief Interventions, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

    This model is used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Skillfully conducted, brief interventions are essential components, and a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing are also important with respect to this model.

  • SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)

    SOAR is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration for eligible clients who have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Staff in CHNY’s Day Treatment Program are SOAR certified, and additional staff will be certified to deliver these services in 2019.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

    This model is designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families in overcoming the negative effects of traumatic experience. Therapists trained in TF-CBT are frequently able to help children experiencing the emotional effects of trauma address and resolve these effects.