Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc.
“Promoting safety, permanency, and well being”
Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc (CFI) is a 501 ( c) (3) organization that provides a host of psychological and social services to children and families.
CFI provides psychological evaluations to children and families through fee for service and demand payment arrangements.
CFI also provides Socially Necessary services. These are services provided to the consumers who are served by the Bureau for Children and Families of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) Administrative Services Organization (ASO).
Socially Necessary services are interventions necessary to improve relationships and social functioning, with the goal of preserving the individual's tenure in the community or the integrity of the family or social system. These services include: child oriented activities, emergency crisis response, home study evaluations, supervised visitations, etc.
Ultimately, socially necessary services are those necessary to achieve the child welfare goals of safety, permanency and well being. The designation socially necessary is used to distinguish these services from other services that have been determined to be medically necessary and can be obtained through Medicaid.
Services are provided through the following programs: Family Preservation. The Family Preservation service category is most often used for those active Child Protective Services (CPS) cases that have a safety plan or protection plan in place.
The Family Support service option is for those families identified as having multiple risk factors requiring low-end services to prevent further intervention by DHHR. The children are not at risk in the home and the services are offered to the family to prevent a situation from becoming worse.
The next service population is Family Foster Care. This service is used when a child is in West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) custody and has been placed in a DHHR foster home. This may include relatives who receive boarding care payments through the DHHR for the children placed in their homes. It is also used when a child is placed in a specialized foster home, a therapeutic foster home, an emergency shelter, or a residential treatment facility.
Finally, the Reunification service category is used when a child has been physically returned to the parent such as A.) DHHR had custody of the child and returned both legal and physical custody to the parent. B) DHHR retains legal custody of the child, but has allowed the child to return home.
CFI also provides Birth to Three (BTT) services. These are early intervention services which are available to all children and their families from birth to three years of age who meet the state’s eligibility criteria under Part C of IDEA as further defined by the DHHR through policies and procedures of WV Birth to Three. These services are designed to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental needs of their infants and toddlers. Services are delivered using a collaborative, family-centered, team approach that reflects the outcomes desired by the family for their child.
Currently, CFI is providing two types of services. The first is Social Work. Social work evaluations/assessments may be completed and ongoing social work intervention may also be provided to enhance the child’s development.
The second service type is Special Instruction. This may be provided once a staff member has been credentialed as a developmental specialist for evaluation/assessment and/or ongoing special instruction interventions. The specialist uses her clinical opinion to assist the multi-disciplinary team in determining initial or annual eligibility in the development of their Individualized Family Service Plan. When the specialist provides ongoing services, she provides intervention services to a child, or care giver, or both for the purpose of enhancing the family’s capacity to meet the child’s developmental needs, enhancing the child’s development, and supporting the child’s participation within the daily activities and interactions of the child and the family’s home and community routines.
Additionally, CFI may complete home studies on a fee for service basis. This may be requested for families who must meet the requirements of the adoption process for a child in their care. They may also be requested by families or court representatives for families involved with family court (such as in custody cases or cases where domestic violence has been alleged.)
CFI offers drug screening services for clients with open CFI cases who are alleged to have abused substances and ongoing drug testing is required for the completion of their treatment plans, to monitor compliance, and to better ensure the safety of individuals within the home of the alleged substance abuser.
CFI can accept referrals of individuals of all ages through the Victims of Crime Fund, providing psychological evaluations and therapy for both children (including the birth to three range) as well as adults. Standards would follow their guidelines for referrals.