The Hope Institute for Children & Families and Trinity Services are collaborating on a community-based program called the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network. At the direction of the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network began serving individuals in the state of Illinois on July 1st, 2010. This innovative initiative provides consultation, training, support and expertise in the area of crisis interventions to those in need in our communities.
The Illinois Crisis Prevention Network consists of highly-trained professionals with extensive experience in the social service community. These professionals originate from two of the largest and most respected agencies in the state of Illinois serving the developmentally disabled population. The teams are made up of skilled clinicians who work with individuals with severe behaviors to who are struggling to maintain in their current home or placement. These behaviors can be difficult for families or staff to work with, disrupt their environment and can take an emotional toll on everyone living or working there. Team members can provide strategies to reduce or eliminate these behaviors, training for staff or caregivers to cope and work effectively with the clients and help locate resources in the community.
We seek to maintain and strengthen relationships, utilize least-intrusive interventions, and create supportive environments for each individual we serve. The individuals need to feel safe in their home(s) and like they are a valid part of their community. Other goals include providing behavioral training to families and staff to help transition the community agencies serving this population from a crisis management approach to crisis prevention. We seek to provide a renewed sense of hope and optimism to those families and/or providers. Subsequently, ICPN seeks to reduce the risk of a residential or short-term displacement for this population. In addition, the ICPN team seeks to create a meaningful database that lists resources available in all counties, available via the web to all families and community providers to aid in the treatment and care of an individual.
- Behavior Analysts
- Registered Nurses
- QDDPs (Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals)
Individuals who are being served may also have access to psychological and psychiatric services, depending on their needs.