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family crisis intervention

FCIP is a 24-hour, 365 days a year, immediate intervention program for youth ages 10-17 and their families who are in crisis for a variety of reasons. FCIP is a prevention and early intervention program. Early intervention aims at resolving problems before they become a major issue.  FCIP works in partnership with the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha and Lincoln counties and is also open to the general public for direct referral.  Both parent and youth need to volunteer to participate, as interventions are typically not successful when one-sided.

An FCIP Specialist answers the crisis line, completing either a phone intervention or responding within 30 minutes to a neutral location for face-to-face intervention.  Interventions can be also be scheduled, if determined appropriate by the FCIP Specialist. The majority of the intervention involves mediation of the situation, helping the youth or family to develop an action plan with follow-up within 24-48 hours of the intervention.  Case management services are also available for the family, if more intense interaction is needed or requested.

Focus of FCIP:

  • To provide crisis mediation services
  • To resolve family conflict
  • To prevent runaway
  • To foster connections to community

The conflicts range in severity from significant family conflict which, if unresolved, could result in physical violence or the youth running away, to discord about school, dating, friends, and peer pressure.  The common denominator for most calls is the lack of good communication, lack of positive conflict management, and family stress.

Eligibility for participation in the program is any conflict that involves a minor child and parent; referrals may come directly from law enforcement, schools personnel, parents, and youth.  The service area is Minnehaha County.  Parents must volunteer or be willing to participate in the intervention.

Situations inappropriate for FCIP include:

  • Violent situations
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Suicidal assessments

If you feel like your family is in a crisis please call our 24/7 telephone number at 605.366.6757. Help is here for you.

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