The philosophy that applies to all NPCS Family Services Programs including the Intensive Aftercare Prevention Program (IAPP) is to provide services to children and families in their homes and in their communities in order to meet our mission of protecting children, preserving families, and strengthening communities. IAPP services are voluntary, and we serve families whose children are either at risk of being removed from their homes or are already in placement. The goals of the program are to prevent out-of-home placement for children, provide a safe environment to return children already in placement, prevent future out-of-home placement and to reduce the risk of future child maltreatment.
What are the services available? Specific services offered by the IAPP master’s level Clinician and the bachelor’s level Clinical Case Manager include but are not limited to the following:
- Cognitive Behavioral and family therapy to address parent/ child issues
- Trauma informed care (particularly through the Attachment, Self- Regulation, & Competency/ ARC model)
- Couples therapy
- Individual therapy
- Parenting skills training (including child development)
- Development and monitoring of behavioral plans in the home and school
- Skill building which includes anger management, stress management, problem-solving training, and coping skills
- Supportive, concrete services (assistance with transportation, budgeting, housing & household management)
- Case planning
- School consultation
- Intensive assistance with parent, child, and family issues within the family’s home
- Improved opportunity for children to remain safely within their home, school, and community
- Parents more understanding of and better prepared to manage their child’s behaviors and emotional needs
- Flexible scheduling to meet family needs and on-call crisis support
- Available in Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington
- No cost to families
Who can access services? In order for a family to be eligible for IAPP, the family needs to be involved with the local Department of Social Services.
How are services accessed?
Fulton, Saratoga, Schenectady & Washington County:Tanya Starker, LCSW, Director of Family Services (518.346.1285 x7542, Tanya.Starker@neparentchild.org)
Columbia, Greene & Rensselaer County: Megan Stackelberg, M.A., Ed.S., Program Manager (518.477.9085 x7101, Megan.Stackelberg@neparentchild.org)
or your Local Department of Social Services for more information.
When are services available? Day and evening sessions Monday through Friday, as well as 24 hour on- call crisis support.