Functional Family Therapy

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Home-based therapy focused on mutual respect helps youths transition back to family life.

As of 2013, FFT has been used to facilitate the return of youth housed in non-secure placement facilities to their families in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens.

FFT is a research and data driven system verified as Evidence Based by the Blueprints Center for Violence Prevention.  Research over the past thirty years has shown it to be highly successful in improving the outcomes of at-risk teens, particularly compared to no treatment, traditional court services (probation) and other family therapy interventions. 

FFT reduces recidivism through highly structured and culturally sensitive home-based family therapy.  Counseling sessions are generally spread out over a four to five month period.  They include all family members over the age of ten years, and emphasize the importance of respecting them on their own terms. 

CAS began using FFT in a child welfare context in 2006 when we were awarded a contract to offer FFT in the Intensive Preventive and Aftercare Program (IPAC) on Staten Island. Based on the success of the Staten Island program, ACS asked CAS to take over the Bronx FFT Intensive Preventive program in 2009. CAS further expanded its use of FFT in 2010, with the award for the Family Assessment Program Intervention Level 2 contract.  At this time, CAS was also awarded a FAP contract to deliver a second evidence based program model – Multi-dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT).  In 2013, CAS was awarded a contract for two new Intensive Family Preventive Services Teams (IFPS/FFT), an FFT team which facilitates the return of teens from Non Secure Placement facilities to their families in three boroughs, and an MST CAN program in Manhattan.  Our successful expansion of FFT and addition of a third evidence-based model of practice is evidenced by high 81%-96% rates of youth who remain with their families and out of placement, and 85%-88% rates of youth who remain in school or are working.  We have also achieved 70%-83% rates of no new arrests among youth, which, for this population, is notable. 

To learn more about our program, please contact Linda McAndrew at (347) 291-8707.