What is I-CCAP?
I-CCAP is both a model and an approach to working effectively with at-risk youth.
I-CCAP is a conceptual model that integrates various aspect of youth development/youth case management practice into a unified whole. Integration is key and occurs at several levels.
- First, I-CCAP integrates a number of models and approaches that represent best practice in working with troubled youth. Recognizing that the same youth appear in multiple systems of care, it blends evidence-based elements drawn from the fields of juvenile delinquency, mental health, substance abuse and truancy prevention. This integration allows staff to focus on the task of working with youth and their families, rather than worrying about which approach to apply in a given situation.
- Next, I-CCAP integrates the delivery of client services across disciplines and job functions. Too often agencies operate in a silo fashion, with each program or discipline a group unto itself. Without integration across the whole system of care, the result is a lack of proper coordination, which is not in the best interest of the youth.
- Finally, I-CCAP provides a framework that integrates various tools of the trade into a unified case management system. Assessment, treatment planning and case management interventions are all inter-related elements in the system, rather than stand-alone components, supported by web-based technology. The automated I-CCAP toolset includes (1) a needs assessment/reassessment component, (2) a service/treatment planning component, and (3) a client monitoring and tracking system.
I-CCAP is also an approach, providing a practical set of tools and skills that case managers and others can use in working with youth in their care.
- Using web-based technology, the I-CCAP integrated software package supports automated assessment, service planning and case management.
- Since the focus of I-CCAP is on achieving positive youth outcomes, I-CCAP training identifies effective, client-centered strategies for modifying behavior. The I-CCAP approach is based on a thorough review of the latest research literature, ensuring that staff employs evidence-based practices at each stage of their work with a youth.
- I-CCAP concepts and tools set are presented in easy-to-understand language, using web-based, interactive training modules.