family is defined byYOU.
program is molded to meet the needs of all those invested in a
is an intensive, home-based outreach program that includes weekly
individual and family sessions. The team works closely with the
family and collateral services for up to six months.
adolescent return home with the family is the primary goal.
home is only the first step. FIRSTeam works with the family to
identify successful tools to keep the household together.
team not only includes the Clinician and Case Manager, but family,
friends, school, probation, and all others working towards a
The FIRSTeam is supported through funding by the Department of Social
Services (DSS). All referrals to the FIRSTeam are sent by DSS. Once
it is determined the FIRSTeam services meet the needs of the family,
the work is broken down into three phases:
PHASE I: 30 Days +/-
Assess the family's needs
Develop goals with the family
PHASE II: 4 months +/-
Meet with family and adolescent an average of 3 hours per week
Address concerns/needs of both the family and adolescent
PHASE III: 30 Days +/-
Begin termination between reunified family and FIRSTeam
Assist DSS and family in locating resources within the community
and/or extended family
is the FIRSTeam?
A M I L Y
Family members make up a crucial part of the FIRSTeam. Each member of
the household works to identify family strengths, individual needs,
and household goals.
The Clinician encourages families to meet their goals through a
A S E MANAGER
The Case Manager develops a mentoring relationship with the
adolescent in order to advocate on his or her behalf.
Ongoing communication with collaterals (i.e.: individual therapists,
teachers, probation officers, etc.) supports family success.
The FIRSTeam supports the core practice values of the Department of
Social Services (DSS).
Committed to Diversity/Cultural Competency
Committed to Continuous Learning
Cummings Center, Suite 266T
978-921-1190 ext. 344
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