IB3 Program

Overview:

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is conducting a five-year Title IV-E demonstration project through the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families. The project provides therapeutic and psycho-educational services to very young children, aged birth through three [0-3], and their caregivers in Cook County.  The IB3 Waiver began July 1, 2013. The project is being independently evaluated by the University of North Carolina and Chapin Hall.

Interventions:

Illinois is using title IV-E funds flexibly to provide one of two evidence-based and developmentally informed interventions [Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and The Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP)] to targeted children and their caregivers in an effort to improve attachment, reduce trauma symptoms, prevent foster care re-entry, improve child well-being, and increase permanency for children in out-of-home placement.

For each of the above-mentioned interventions, the selection of participating children and families is determined by an enhanced developmental screening protocol. The enhanced screening protocol is used to determine a child’s trauma exposure and level of risk for trauma symptoms (categorized as low, moderate, and high risk). Subsequent intervention recommendations generally involve high-risk cases being referred to CPP. Moderate-risk and low-risk cases are referred to NPP.

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