Brief Intervention Homes (BIP)

Pima County / Maricopa County / Pinal County / Yuma County / Santa Cruz County

Intermountain Centers offers a Brief Intervention Program (BIP) to boys and girls birth through 17 years who are Title XIX. The BIP is part of an initiative to improve availabilities and accessibility of temporary, community-based residential services for young children in compliance with the Arizona Vision for Children. 

BIP Objective

Provide a safe and structured environment for young children in need of an immediate, temporary residential placement. Appropriate candidates and circumstances might include:

  • A child whose crisis plan includes a brief removal from the home.
  • A child who has a confrontation with family member(s) that could become dangerous but doesn’t require hospitalization.
  • A child who has been dually diagnosed with emotional and developmental disabilities and behavior that cannot be successfully de-escalated by other interventions.
  • A child in behavioral health Home Care Training to Home Care Client (HCTC) placement with escalating behaviors and an unstable family situation.
  • A child who requires a short-term, step-down home environment between placements where other alternatives are unavailable.

Length and Provider of Services

  • Each placement is in an established behavioral health HCTC home with experienced HCTC providers.
  • HCTC providers are skilled in engaging young children, assisting with stabilization of behavior and transitioning the children to an identified placement (home, group home, foster home).
  • HCTC providers furnish brief residential placements for up to seven (7) days for children who are Title XIX.
  • Intermountain staff members provide case management to facilitate the planning and coordination of services with the appropriate behavioral health network.

Coordination and Scope of Service

  • Referrals and treatment planning are coordinated with each of the behavioral health Intensive Care Coordination Agencies (ICCAs) and/or family and other community providers involved in the child’s care.
  • The network is contacted regarding the planning of the child within 24 hours of placement, or the next business day.
  • Each Child Family Team identifies treatment and service needs on the Individual Service Plan.
  • The Individual Service Plan includes identification of the child’s next placement, a crisis plan, and a clear timeframe.
  • Ongoing treatment coordination occurs through participation in Child Family Team meetings and daily contact with the assigned ICCA case manager.
  • Intermountain assists each child in maintaining continuity with community providers including schools, medical, court, therapists or other providers.

For general information about BIP, call (520) 721-1887, extension 5255.

Referral Requirements

Referrals may be made for children of all ages who are Title XIX eligible by their Intensive Care Coordination Agencies by calling NurseWise directly.

Referral Contact

NurseWise  Phone: (866) 495-6735

(833) 528-0182 Contact Us For Foster Care Services

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For more information, please contact:

Jack Smith, Foster Care Recruiter
Phone: (520) 721-1887 ext. 5283
Fax: (520) 407-5398

Maricopa County
Adriane Carpenter, Foster Care Recruiter
15331 W Bell Rd Suite 212
Surprise, AZ 853754
Phone: (602) 290-8789

Yuma County
Victor Durazo, Foster Care Recruiter
2545 S. Arizona Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: (928) 919-9304

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