Traditional BCARS Program
In the case of the traditional BCARS program, the goals of treatment are to avoid an inpatient hospitalization, stabilize the crisis and link children and families to services that will help them long term. The goals of the DSS Stabilization partnership include the above as well as the goal of providing assistance to avoid any placement disruptions.
BCARS/BCDSS Stabilization Partnership
Since 2009, BCARS and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services have partnered so that children experiencing difficulties in their foster care placement can receive quick supports and counseling geared toward stabilizing their placements, so that disruptions do not occur.
Program services are similar to our traditional BCARS response but have some important differences:
• Urgent 24/7 response is possible, with expected response time under 2 hours
• Services are individualized and can include phone referral or direct face-to-face supports anywhere from 1-42 days.