MITH (Minnesota Intensive Therapeutic Homes)
Direct Care and Treatment: Community Based Services
Behavior Analyst Intern will work under the direct supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. The BA intern will have opportunities to work directly with the youth and foster parents in the MITH program, as well as participate in interdisciplinary team meetings. The BA intern will need to have a Master’s program or be enrolled in a Master’s program.
MITH provides a unique alternative to institutional placement for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance (SED) and/or intellectual disabilities.
· Treatment structure based on the successful evidence based Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care model.
· Foster parents are recruited based on their experience with this challenging population, their willingness and ability to act as treatment agents, ability to participate on an intensive treatment team, their high level of commitment to these youth and their nurturing family environment.
· The MITH program is based on collaboration with counties, schools and private agencies. Foster parents are licensed by private foster care agencies or by counties.
· One foster parent in each foster home becomes an employee of the State of Minnesota. This foster parent is employed as a Human Services Technician and receives all training and benefits provided to staff in this job class.
· All MITH foster parents receive extensive training including a two day Person Centered Thinking training, specialized mental health training, therapeutic intervention training and other trainings specific to the individual being served in the home.
· MITH foster parents are provided additional support and training on providing trauma focused care including an emphasis on caregiver resiliency.
· Foster parents have frequent contact with MITH staff including Mental Health Professionals, Behavioral Analyst, and nurse to identify problems and solutions. They also receive on-going supervision and consultation from supervisors who are Mental Health Professionals.
· 24/7 crisis support is provided by the MITH team of Licensed or Certified Mental Health or Behavioral Professionals.
· MITH nurse provides training to foster parents on medication administration, side effect monitoring and other medical issues.
· MITH Nurse maintains awareness of child’s medication regimen and potential side effects as well as collaborates and consults with youth’s medical providers to assist with Minnesota’s initiative to prevent over-utilization of psychotropic medications in foster care.
· The MITH treatment team works closely with community psychiatrists who provide medication management for youth in the program.
· MITH Mental Health Professionals ensure that individuals receive appropriate individual and family therapy and may provide this service until community resources are available and/or appropriate.
· Independent living skills training may be provided by MITH Support Workers, MITH Masters level interns as well as by the foster parents.
· All individuals in the MITH program attend school in the community. The MITH treatment team works closely with special education staff on planning for individuals on IEPs.
· All individuals in the MITH program have highly coordinated wraparound treatment teams which meet at least once a month. Treatment teams often meet more often due to the needs of the individual. Members of the treatment team may include: the foster parent, the individual being served, family members, MITH supervisor/Mental Health Professional, MITH Behavior Analyst, MITH Nurse, community agency therapist, MITH support worker, county social worker and/or county probation officer, waiver workers, Guardians ad litem, school staff, private foster care agency social worker, other service providers or informal support people (such as a mentor, coach, park/recreation staff).
For further information about internship at the MITH Program please contact:
Icha Arief, MS, BCBA
MITH Behavior Analyst 3
MITH Program Administrator