Intensive Treatment in Foster Care (ITFC) is a comprehensive mental health service covered by Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP). ITFC establishes policies and practices for certification and coverage of mental health services for children who require intensive levels of intervention in foster care.
ITFC bundled services include psychotherapy, psycho-education, clinical consultation and crisis assistance.
Services must be provided at least three days per week, equaling at least six hours of treatment per week, and in the child’s biological family home, foster home, school, or other natural setting.
Services are to be delivered utilizing a treatment team approach meaning services must be provided in continual collaboration and consultation with the child’s medical providers, mental health professionals, educational and social services case managers, or any other professionals working with the child.
The child’s biological, pre-adoptive, and foster family must be involved in treatment and service delivery to ensure a successful permanency plan.
All services must support an individualized treatment planning process that is culturally appropriate, child-centered and family-driven to achieve the maximum mental health benefits and permanency outcomes for children and their families.
Transition planning for the child must be conducted starting with the first treatment plan and must be addressed throughout treatment to support the child’s permanency plan and post-discharge mental health needs.
Eligible recipients of ITFC services are children and youth, from birth through 20 years of age, who are currently placed in a family foster care setting.
The child must be a recipient of a Minnesota Health Care Program.
The child must have a documented mental health diagnosis and require intensive intervention without 24-hour medical monitoring as determined by a level of care screening.
Services must be deemed medically necessary within the foster family setting to prevent the disruption of the child’s foster care placement and ameliorate identified symptoms and functional impairments.
Providers must participate in an Applicant Orientation Session before submitting an application. The orientation session will include an on-site visit by DHS staff. Agencies will be expected to provide information regarding agency history, staffing and current services provided. DHS staff will provide information and orientation to the Intensive Treatment Foster Care program’s services, policies and procedures. To schedule an orientation, please send an email noting your interest to DHS.ITSFC@state.mn.us.
Providers seeking initial certification for ITFC must use the following documents. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Just at email@example.com.