Diversion description of services

Diversion Services are designed to divert children ages 10-17 from out-of-home care and/or reunify children from out-of-home placement. Diversion services are provided to families and children to stabilize the family system with the goal of diverting children from being placed outside the home in foster care or residential treatment center.

Services can also be utilized to assist in the transition when a child is being reunified from an out of home placement. Diversion provides intensive services from clinical staff trained in evidence-based assessment, scales, screens and interventions with the goal of improving well-being, increasing safety and establishing permanency.

Diversion Specialists provide trauma-informed care and are responsible for both clinical and case management services. Diversion services begin with a thorough biopsychosocial assessment that culminates with recommendations for either ongoing services or referrals to a more appropriate level of care.

Diversion referrals require risk of out-of-home placement at imminent risk or readiness for reunification within 4-6 weeks of referral. The intensity and duration of Diversion services are dependent on the family’s identified needs, the chosen treatment model, and progress toward treatment goals.