Short-Term Family Integrated Treatment (S-FIT)

The Short-Term Family Integrated Treatment (S-FIT) is a short-term residential treatment option providing crisis stabilization and assessment, with rapid reintegration and transition back home. It is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalizations and admissions to higher levels of care, and diverts placement disruptions.

Primary Goals of the Program

  • Stabilize the youth and family (adoptive, biological, foster, kin, relative) and their extended social system
  • Assess the family’s current strengths and needs
  • Identify and mobilize community resources
  • Coordinate services to ensure rapid reintegration into the home.

Who the Program Serves

The program serves DCF-involved children and adolescents ages 12-17 with the ability to seek a waiver through DCF licensing for children under the age of 12.

This service may also provide brief and temporary structured therapeutic care (respite) for children and adolescents ages 12-17 with the ability to seek a waiver through DCF licensing for children under the age of 12. This may include periods of time during the day or overnight. Respite will be available to children or youth who have been suspended from school and require structured day time programming for a brief period of time, and also youth who are currently waiting for a placement match to be made that day.