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Collaborative Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS)

Collaborative Intensive Bridging Services (CIBS) is an intensive treatment program designed to serve children ages 6 to 17 and their families in circumstances where community-based services have not been sufficient to meet the child’s safety and mental health.

To meet the needs of these children and families, the CIBS model of treatment was developed that combines intensive in-home therapy with a brief, intensive residential treatment center placement. This model is based on research that indicates children are best treated with their family in the environments in which they live and interact. The total length of treatment is six to nine months.

Treatment Phases

  • Phase 1: Assessment to identify strengths and barriers currently affecting the child and family. Length: 2 - 4 weeks

  • Phase 2: A brief residential treatment center placement focused on skill development and family contact. Length: 30 days

  • Phase 3: Ongoing, intensive in-home therapy to build on the work done in earlier phases of treatment. Length: 4 - 6 months

The same therapist will work with the family during all three phases of treatment.

Treatment Partners

  • Family and child
  • County case manager
  • Residential treatment center
  • Intensive in-home therapy provider

Service Implementation Goals

  • Stabilize a child’s behavior so that they are able to live in their home and access community-based services
  • Help develop parenting, communication, and relational skills that support a youth and promote a family’s ability to function
  • Improve a family’s ability to effectively manage any crises
  • Provide seamless coordination of care to a family to minimize multiple service providers across differing stages of treatment

The service is designed to interrupt and redirect the current cycle of behavior and interactions that affect a child’s ability to live successfully in their home and manage their behavior. When the service is successful, a child and family will have more stable functioning and be in a better position to benefit from less intensive outpatient mental health services, if needed.

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