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Lehigh Valley In-Home Programs and Specialized Community-Based Programs

Our programs are based on the belief that children/adolescents should receive services in the least restrictive environment while maintaining community safety. We believe an effective way to achieve this is by providing a continuum of care with varying levels of intensity of in-home services. We recognize the importance of family involvement in providing services to meet the needs of the identified youth and ensuring their active role in treatment planning.


Our approach emphasizes personal accountability when working with pre-adjudicated/adjudicated dependent and delinquent youth/families in a community setting. We expect resistance and spend great energy attempting to work through it to avoid more intensive levels of service. We help youth/families become successful by viewing the resistance as the first level of intervention. We understand that repeated and relentless efforts may be necessary to assist in developing compliance with basic program expectations.


To make a referral, contact our staff at (610) 758-8414 during business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM). Pre-placement interviews may be required prior to admission.


In-Home Service (IS)

The In-Home Service program is designed to be utilized as a free-standing community intervention model, a step-down from more intensive community programming, or as aftercare assisting with the transition of the youth returning to the community from residential placement. The IS program is an individualized and creative approach for male and female youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. The program involves case management, direct service, and supervision in the community, school, and home milieus.


An assigned Community Interventionist is responsible for the client and a minimum of three direct contacts occur with Lehigh Valley CHOR In-Home staff weekly. These contacts will consist of two individual contacts with one group contact. If the youth is not in group, an additional contact will be made. If the youth is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The Community Interventionist will act as a change agent, liaison, and advocate for the identified youth. The client will receive life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, anger management/emotional regulation, and community/victim awareness. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. The average length of stay is approximately six months. Community Interventionists will ideally carry no more than six full-time IS equivalents to maintain service intensity. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.


The Family Program is designed to provide in-home and on-site services to unbalanced family systems. The family is viewed as the client and as such, direct contact is made with the family and also the primary identified youth within the family constellation. Service provision is individualized and flexible to meet the needs of the family and referring agent. Levels/types of interventions are determined/assessed by the treatment team and the identified needs of the referring agency. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will attempt to have direct contact with the identified youth four times weekly. Weekly in-home family sessions are provided. The identified youth receives services from a primary Community Interventionist in addition to the family worker, a Family Interventionist. Typically, the Community Interventionist has two individual contacts and one group contact with the client. The Family Interventionist has one family session. If the client is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. if the youth/family is not present for the session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Program length of stay varies depending on the complexities within the family and may last nine months or more. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.


Intensive Family Program (IFP)

This intensive program provides five direct contact attempts weekly within the family system. There are typically two identified youth, and the family needs various levels of intervention. Each youth has their own Community Interventionist and there is a Family Interventionist assigned to the case that meets with the entire family. Generally speaking, each youth receives two individual contacts a week with one additional family session with the entire family. If the youth/family is not present for a scheduled session, there is at least one additional attempted contact made to make up for the missed session. Services in this program are provided to school aged youth and older. Weekly in-home family sessions and youth groups are provided as appropriate. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. The duration of IFP varies and can last more than nine months depending on the complexities within the family. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.


Residential Prevention Program (RPP)

This program was designed to provide intensive intervention to delinquent/dependent youth of either gender from 10 to 20 years of age. It can be utilized for high-risk youth as an opportunity to prevent residential placement or as a step down for youth returning early from residential placement. This intensive program is designed to provide cost effective services by preventing residential placement and/or to reduce the length of stay in residential facilities. As the identified youth progresses in the program, the youth can be transferred to a program of lesser intensity/cost. This program offers daily contacts with five attempts at direct contacts weekly. Youth groups are available with the remaining services being provided in the community, schools, and home. The client will receive life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, anger management/emotional regulation, community/victim awareness, and interventions in other individualized areas. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. CHOR Services staff are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.


Individual and Family Sessions

This service provides individual and/or family sessions in the home, community, and/or on -site. These sessions can provide the following services (but are not limited to) parenting skills, life skills, family sessions when the youth is home on pass from residential placement, etc. This service is best utilized when a youth is in transition from placement; the family system needs to work on issues while the youth is out of the home; and to go through closure after the child/children are removed from the home. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement.


Specialized In-Home Service (SIS)

The Specialized In-Home Service program was designed to be utilized as a free-standing community intervention model, a step-down from more intensive community programming, or as an aftercare component assisting with the transition of the youth returning to the community from residential placement. The SIS program is an individualized and creative approach for sexually acting out youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. The program involves case management, direct service, and supervision in the community, school, and home milieus.


An assigned Community Interventionist is responsible for the client and a minimum of three attempted direct contacts will occur with CHOR Services staff weekly, with typically two individual sessions and one group session. If the youth is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. If the youth is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The Community Interventionist will act as a change agent, liaison, and advocate for the identified youth. The youth sessions are primarily focused on sex offense specific psycho-education, prevention and victimization, but also cover other life skill training. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with referral sources. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during program and post discharge. Lehigh Valley CHOR In-Home will utilize the recommended topics of The Revised Report from the National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending (Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 1993, Vol. 44, No. 4). The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Weekly groups are available on-site for the youth. Transportation assistance is available, if needed, to youth attending group. The average length of stay is approximately twelve to eighteen months. Community Interventionists will ideally carry no more than six full-time SIS equivalents to maintain service intensity.


Specialized Family Program (SFP)

The Specialized Family Program is designed to provide intensive in-home and on-site family-based services for sexually acting out youth behavior within a family system. The family and one identified youth are viewed as the client and as such, direct contacts are made with the family and the primary identified youth. Lehigh Valley CHOR Services staff will have direct contact attempts with the identified youth four times weekly. The Community Interventionist typically meets with the youth individually two times per week and the youth has one group contact. The Family Interventionist meets with the family for one session a week. If the client is not in group, an additional individual contact will be made. If the youth/family is not present for the session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. The identified youth receives services from a primary Community Interventionist in addition to the Family Interventionist. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Program length of stay varies depending on the complexities within the family and may last eighteen months or more. CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.


Specialized Intensive Program (SIP)

This program was designed to provide intensive intervention to the sexually acting out youth ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. It can be utilized selectively for high-risk youth as an opportunity to prevent residential placement, as a step down for youth returning early from residential placement, or as an intensive aftercare program for sexually acting out youth with multiple issues that also need to be addressed. It can additionally be utilized when there is more than one sexually acting out youth in the home, particularly if there are multiple victims but no perpetrator in the home. If the program is working with one youth, there will be daily contacts on some level with five attempts at direct contacts weekly, including group, if desired. If there are multiple victims within the home, CHOR staff will provide two individual contacts with each victim. The Family Interventionist meets with the family for one session a week. If the youth/family is not present for a scheduled session, at least one additional contact will be made to make up for the missed session. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement. Group and individual sessions will primarily address sexual acting and/or victimization specific issues, but other sessions may include life skills training, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention, community/victim awareness, anger management, and interventions in other individualized areas. The BARJ philosophy is utilized with community/victim empathy, restoration, and competency development woven throughout service delivery. CHOR Services staff will be on-call 24 hours a day to assist with issues/crises that may arise when the primary Community Interventionist is not available.


Specialized Individual and Family Sessions

This service provides individual and/or family sessions in the home, community, and/or on-site. These sessions will be utilized to address specific sexual acting out issues with a youth or within a family system. Sessions can also be used for family and/or individual sessions when the youth is home on pass from residential placement, etc. Service plans are developed and implemented in conjunction with the referral sources and utilize the Youth Level of Risk scoring when possible to assist in treatment goals. Formal and informal community support services/systems are utilized in an effort to assist the youth during and after program involvement.


This service is provided to assist with the prevention of residential placement, community safety, and complete client disclosure. Polygraph tests are solely therapeutic in nature.