We are thrilled to announce that Excelsior has been recognized as an innovative leader in redefining residential intervention by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in their recently published document, “Guide on Implementing Effective Short-term Residential Interventions”.
Excelsior is featured in this document for our success in retooling our business model to provide more effective therapeutic services for our youth and families that ultimately improve their chances for success. Making the leap from providing long-term, out-of-home care for at-risk youth, to short-term, in-home services for families was no easy feat – to borrow words from the BBI, it felt like “jumping off a business cliff without a net”. Still, we were determined to listen to the research and implement best practices so we can continue to provide the highest quality care to the youth and families that depend on us.
As the BBI asserts in this Guide, the research demonstrates that “cutting-edge effective residential intervention now means providers are creatively working with youth and families in the home, in the community, and as briefly as possible”. Understanding this very well, we made the leap and implemented new strategies and tools to transform our outdated model of long-term residential care to an innovative new way of providing services.
As you’ll read in the Guide, our success in implementing our new model of short-term care can be attributed to specific strategies like effective leadership, family and youth engagement and inclusion, and practice strategies and tools. The latter is the specific element for which Excelsior is featured in this document.
Please click the image below to see select sections from the Guide, including Excelsior’s feature article.
About Building Bridges Initiative:
“Building Bridges is a national initiative working to identify and promote practice and policy that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations between families, youth, community – and residentially – based treatment and service providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that comprehensive mental health services and supports are available to improve the lives of young people and their families.
In all that we do, we strive to advance partnerships among residential and community-based service providers, youth, and families to improve lives.”
About the BBI’s Guide on Implementing Effective Short-term Residential Interventions:
The BBI Short-term Guide provides critical information regarding the key strategies that top residential leaders across the country have taken and are still taking to transform their residential programs. It was remarkable how the strategies that the different providers took fell into the same overall core areas (e.g., effective leadership; family/youth engagement and inclusion; workforce development; practice strategies/tools; using data to inform practice; quality improvement; and fiscal strategies). These core areas provide all residential and community stakeholders with guidance on how to improve practice.