Plenary: Residential Practices to Ensure Permanent Connections
Evette Jackson, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation (MD)
Mary Stone Smith, MA, Vice President, Family Behavioral Health System, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (WA);
James E. Lister, MBA, Executive Director, Plummer Youth Promise (MA);
Lauren Frey, MSW, LICSW, Director, Permanency Practice Leadership, Plummer Youth Promise (MA)
Family and Youth Representatives:
Jacquelin, Carlos and Terri (video presentation) (MA)
One of the most common challenges identified by residential leaders across the country to achieve shorter lengths of stay and sustained success in the community post-discharge is the lack of viable loving, safe and permanent connections for many of the youth they serve. This session will highlight the work of Catholic Community Services Western WA, in Washington State, which created the permanency practice model, Family Search and Engage. This practice model has been used as a foundation by permanency practice models that were subsequently developed. The elements of the Family Search and Engage practice model will be shared, as well as how the focus on engaging families and ensuring permanent connections has evolved over the years, including use of the Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISE) model.
The journey of one residential program - Plummer Youth Promise in Massachusetts, which transformed its entire organization to focus on ensuring permanent family connections - will be shared. Plummer leaders, and a youth and family member via video, will highlight their permanency program model and practices – including Family Search and Engage – focusing on key benefits, challenges, strategies and partnerships used to ensure successful outcomes for youth and families.