Do Intensive In-Home Services Prevent Placement?
A Case Study of Youth Villages’ Intercept® Program
In this report, Scott Huhr and Fred Wulczyn report findings from their evaluation of Youth Villages’ Intercept® program. Intercept is an intensive in-home services program that targets families with children at risk of placement. Key features of the program include program intensity (meeting with families an average of three times weekly), low staff caseloads of 4 – 5 families, active 24/7 on-call structure, and structured weekly supervision and consultation from a licensed clinician who is an expert in the model. The state of Tennessee, which offers Intercept in various counties around the state, commissioned the study. Results indicate that Intercept does significantly reduce the risk of placement, especially during the 3-6 months post-referral. Findings also suggest that the effects are sustained up to one year after the intervention ends.