CAITS and CFIT
Helping Children and Families
The Providence Center's Children and Adolescent Intensive Treatment Services (CAITS) and Children and Families Intensive Treatment (CFIT) programs help children birth to 18 years of age experiencing severe emotional and/or behavioral problems to avoid hospitalization, placement out of their homes or schools, or serious poblems in their social and family relationships. Treatment includes a broad array of services designed to:
- Reduce acute symptoms
- Teach effective coping skills
- Help family members or caretakers find solutions to the behavioral or emotional problems of their children
CAITS and CFIT teams of child and family specialists, including therapists, family support specialists, and family service coordinators, develop individualized treatment plans designed to provide families with assistance to affect positive, healthy changes for all involved family members.
Services are provided in the family's home, in the child's school, at The Providence Center and in other settings within the family's community. CAITS and CFIT services are provided in homes and communities so that children will have the opportunity to put their new skills to work where they live, learn and play.
A specialized Latino Team, comprised of bicultural, bilingual therapists and case mangers deliver CAITS and CFIT services to Latino children and families. Because the team understands the families' culture and norms as they relate to mental health and substance abuse, team members are able to provide uniquely designed, culturally appropriate services.
CAITS and CFIT include a variety of services, depending on the child and family's needs. Treatment services may include:
- Crisis/emergency assessment and intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Family support and care coordination
- Family assessment
- Behavior management and parenting strategies
- Individual, group and family therapy
- Service coordination with other providers in the community
- Assistance navigating service and treatment options
Each child referred to The Providence Center will receive a clinical assessment to determine if he or she is eligible for CAITS or CFIT services. Children and families that meet eligibility criteria will be admitted to the program. Eligibility criteria include behavioral and emotional symptoms that significantly interfere with the child’s functioning at home, in school and/or in the community.
CAITS is paid for by all Rhode Island RIte Care plans, and those who receive Medical Assistance through Katie Beckett or Social Security. CFIT services are covered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and United Healthcare.