Intercept®

In-home Parent Skill-Based Supported

Intercept®, formerly known as Youth Villages (YV) Intercept,  provides intensive in-home services to children from birth to age 18 who are at risk of entry or re-entry into out-of-home placements or who are currently in out-of-home placements (e.g., foster care, residential facilities, or group homes). The program aims to reduce foster care utilization by providing prevention services. It also aims to reduce time spent in foster care by providing reunification services. Family Intervention Specialists use an integrated, trauma-informed approach to offer a variety of practices intended to meet individualized family and child needs. They work to address needs identified in children’s schools, peer groups, neighborhoods, and communities. They also work to support the family at school or legal meetings. Family Intervention Specialists work intensively with 4 to 5 families and are on-call to provide crisis support 24/7. GuideTree® is a key component of the Intercept® approach. This online resource helps facilitate treatment by offering a comprehensive resource library, interaction with Licensed Program Experts, and supports for developing and reviewing treatment plans.


Intercept®  is rated as a supported practice because at least one study carried out in a usual care or practice setting achieved a rating of moderate or high on design and execution and demonstrated a sustained favorable effect of at least 6 months beyond the end of treatment on at least one target outcome.


Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Dec 2020


Sources

The program or service description, target population, and program or service delivery and implementation information was informed by the following sources: the program or service developer’s website and the studies reviewed.


This information does not necessarily represent the views of the program or service developers. For more information on how this program or service was reviewed, visit the Review Process page or download the Handbook.

Target Population

Intercept® targets children from birth to age 18 who are at risk of entry or re-entry into out-of-home placements (e.g., foster care, residential facilities, or group homes) or who are currently in out-of-home placements. Children may have serious emotional and behavioral problems. They may have also experienced trauma, including abuse and/or neglect.  

Dosage

Family Intervention Specialists meet with families an average of 3 times per week. Specialists are also on-call to provide crisis support 24/7. Prevention services typically last four to six months. Reunification services typically last six to nine months.

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

Family Intervention Specialists provide services in the home and in community settings that are convenient for the family.

Location/Delivery Settings Observed in the Research

  • Home

Education, Certifications and Training

Family Intervention Specialists must have a master’s degree in a related field or a bachelor’s degree in a related field (with at least one year of experience). They are guided by Licensed Program Experts, who are experts in the Intercept model. Family Interventions Specialists work as teams of four to five, with one Supervisor who provides day-to-day clinical and administrative oversight of Family Intervention Specialists as well as ongoing training and development for the Specialists. Family Intervention Specialists complete an initial four-day Clinical Foundations training provided by Licensed Program Experts. Weekly consultation is also provided by Intercept Licensed Program Experts with all Family Intervention Specialists and their Supervisor to ensure quality work and fidelity to the model. Ongoing training is provided through required quarterly clinical training sessions, field visits with leadership staff, online clinical trainings and resources, and other individualized training through individual staff development meetings. A program model fidelity review is conducted yearly to ensure clinical service delivery is consistent with the Intercept model.

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Goldsmith, T. (Ed.). (2007). Youth Villages clinical protocols treatment manual. Youth Villages.

Available languages

Intercept® materials are available in English and Spanish.

Other supporting materials

Information about GuideTree and the Clinical Consultation Process

Contact Information for Developers

Website: http://www.youthvillages.org/intercept

Phone: (901) 251-4835

Email: intercept@youthvillages.org

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Intercept®
Identified in Search 1
Eligible for Review 1
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 1
Rated Low 0
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0
Outcome Effect Size
and Implied Percentile Effect
N of Studies (Findings) N of Participants Summary of Findings
Child permanency: Out-of-home placement 0.46
17
1 (1) 88032 Favorable: 1
No Effect: 0
Unfavorable: 0
Child permanency: Planned permanent exits 0.13
5
1 (1) 4029 Favorable: 1
No Effect: 0
Unfavorable: 0

Note: For the effect sizes and implied percentile effects reported in the table, a positive number favors the intervention group and a negative number favors the comparison group.

Outcome Effect Size
and Implied Percentile Effect
N of Studies (Findings) N of Participants Summary of Findings Months after treatment
when outcome measured
Child permanency: Out-of-home placement 0.46
17
1 (1) 88032 Favorable: 1
No Effect: 0
Unfavorable: 0
-
Huhr, 2020a
Placement Into Out-Of-Home Care 0.46 *
17
- 88032 - 31
Child permanency: Planned permanent exits 0.13
5
1 (1) 4029 Favorable: 1
No Effect: 0
Unfavorable: 0
-
Huhr, 2020b
Exit to Permanency 0.13 *
5
- 4029 - 7

*p <.05

Note: For the effect sizes and implied percentile effects reported in the table, a positive number favors the intervention group and a negative number favors the comparison group. Effect sizes and implied percentile effects were calculated by the Prevention Services Clearinghouse as described in the Handbook of Standards and Procedures, Section 5.10.4 and may not align with effect sizes reported in individual publications.

Only publications with eligible contrasts that met design and execution standards are included in the individual study findings table.

Full citations for the studies shown in the table are available in the "Studies Reviewed" section.

Sometimes study results are reported in more than one document, or a single document reports results from multiple studies. Studies are identified below by their Prevention Services Clearinghouse study identification numbers.

Studies Rated Moderate

Study 10899

Huhr, S., & Wulczyn, F. (2020a). Do intensive in-home services prevent placement?: A case study of Youth Villages' Intercept® program. The Center for State Child Welfare Data. https://fcda.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/YV-Intercept-Results-1-8-2020-final.pdf

Huhr, S., & Wulczyn, F. (2020b). Do intensive in-home services promote permanency?: A case study of Youth Villages' Intercept® program. The Center for State Child Welfare Data. https://fcda.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Permanency-YVIntercept-final-982020.pdf