Youth & Family Services

Specialized services for children, youth, young adults and their families facing behavioral health challenges.

If undetected or left untreated, early behavioral problems in children and youths can develop into more serious mental health conditions that can impact learning and academic achievement. Behavioral health conditions experienced in youth can lead to chronic absences, low achievement, disruptive behavior, and dropping out of school. Thrive Behavioral Health’s Youth & Family Services goal is to ensure all children, young adults and their families have access to high-quality behavioral health care that promote social-emotional health and academic success.

Youth & Family Services provides specialized programs that operate under a family-centered approach to treatment. This model views the entire family as the client and partners with them to develop goals and intervention strategies that improve the quality of life of the entire family.

Parents who are seeking a certified special education program for grades 1-12 that provides an effective alternative to residential placement for troubled children and youth would benefit from learning about Thrive’s Eleanor Briggs School.

Individuals aged 16 to 25 living with serious mental health concerns can improve their quality of life by enrolling in Thrive's Healthy Transitions Program.

The following services provide support for children from infancy through their teen years. They include assessments, intensive intervention and therapy, play therapy, capacity building, psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation, medication management, and more. Services are provided in the home, at school, in an office setting, or out in the community.

Child & Adolescent Intensive Treatment Services (CAITS)

In CAITS, participants receive assessments, treatment plans, psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, group therapy, and outpatient therapy. Services are provided in the home, at the office or in another community setting. Program participants must be between birth and 21 years of age. They must have received a mental health diagnosis and their needs must be beyond the scope of traditional outpatient services and have fee-for-service Medicaid as an insurance.

To qualify for CAITS, clients must be a Medicaid Subscriber and either be undergoing an individual crisis or a family crisis (or be at-risk for out-of-home placement or psychiatric hospitalization) or be transitioning home form psychiatric hospitalization or residential placement.

Clients enrolled in CAITS receive weekly clinical treatment totaling 40 hours of individual and family therapy by a Master’s level clinician and 18 hours of case management services. They are eligible to access these services up to 16 weeks per one calendar year. Their family or legal guardian must also commit to program participation.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Services (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. The main goal of DBT is to teach program participants how to live in the moment, cope with symptoms, decrease stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships. Youth and Family Services offers both group DBT sessions and individualized treatment. We also provide a parallel group to teach parents coping skills.

Enhanced Outpatient Services (EOS)

Participants in EOS receive the same services as those provided in Child & Adolescent Intensive Treatment. Clients receive weekly clinical treatment totaling a minimum of two hours of individual and family therapy by a Master’s level clinician. The maximum number of hours is based upon family need. The duration of services provided is based upon the client meeting clinical needs at this level of care. To be eligible for this program, families must have United RItecare, NHP RItecare, or Tufts RItecare.

Child & Family Intensive Treatment Program (CFIT)

CFIT is offered in alternative settings for at-risk children with moderate to severe psychiatric symptoms. The goal of this program is to reduce a child’s length of stay and/or number of placements in psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment facilities.

This service is available to commercially insured children and families whose insurance plan offers this benefit and who require structured, home-based, short-term, intensive outpatient treatment services. Participants must be under 19 years of age at time of admission, and his or her family or legal guardian must be willing to participate in services.

To participate, clients must meet the clinical need for this level of care as authorized by the insurance company. They will receive four hours per week of individual and family therapy by a Master’s level clinician and two hours a week of skills training, family support, and care coordination by a Bachelor’s level case manager. Generally, continuation of services is based upon medical necessity as defined by the insurance company.

Clients in this program receive intensive in-home support and outreach, assessment and diagnosis, individual, group and family counseling, medication consultation and monitoring.  Parents will receive training on behavior management and other topics critical to a child’s healthy development.

Outpatient Services

Outpatient Services provides preschoolers and individuals up to 17 years of age with access to psychiatric services. Individual, family, and group counseling is offered in an office-based setting. The child’s insurance plan covers the cost of services, and family members must participate.

The goal of Outpatient Services is to alleviate the severity of psychiatric symptoms, help participants adjust to life circumstances and stressors, and provide skills training. The frequency of visits is typically once a week, but could be more if a Master’s level clinician deems it would be beneficial to the client.

Psychiatric Services

Thrive provides Psychiatric Services to children and adolescents who are experiencing intrusive psychiatric symptoms and are enrolled in another Youth & Family program. Typical program participation lasts three to six months.

After an initial evaluation, clients are provided with ongoing medication monitoring, case management by a psychiatric nurse, medication education by a nurse and psychiatrist, consultation with primary care provider or outside psychiatrist, and 24 hour crisis intervention.

Therapeutic & Social Skills Groups

Many children and adolescents have problems communicating with others because they fail to notice or don’t understand other people's cues, whether verbal or nonverbal. Learning to understand another person's spoken or unspoken messages is as important a skill as learning to read and write.

The goal of social skills group therapy is for children to gain skills in social interaction, have fun with others, learn problem solving, and handle the challenges of social situations at school, in public, and at home.

Social skills therapy programs are effective in reducing a child's experience of school failure or rejection as well as the aggressiveness and isolation that often develop because of problems relating to others. Children and adolescents who are enrolled in a Youth & Family program have access to Therapeutic & Social Skills Groups.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Thrive's Youth & Family Services department:

Thrive's Youth & Family Services
2756 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Appointment Line: 401.732.5656