Integrated Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST) is an evidence-supported family treatment model that can be applied to a wide range of child and adolescent mental health
I-FAST can be utilized on multiple levels of care including outpatient-in-office, case management, intensive in-home, and residential levels of care.
As a treatment model, I-FAST is organized around common factors that are present in all the evidence-based family treatment models.
The efficacy of I-FAST has been researched in four different studies involving eight different clinical sites in both rural and urban areas of Ohio. Data have been obtained that supports the use of I-FAST as in intensive in-home model, an office-based outpatient model and for residential care.
The purpose of I-FAST is to provide integrated family treatment to children and adolescents who exhibit a wide range of DSM diagnoses, including complex cases of children at risk for out of home placement.
As an integrative model, IFAST allows for the incorporation of intervention procedures from many treatment models into an overarching IFAST framework.
The integrative aspect of I-FAST allows for maximum flexibility and a treatment that can match and adapt to a wide range of client beliefs and types of symptoms. A unique treatment is organized for each case while adhering to the I-FAST treatment protocols.
I-FAST is an episode of care model. Treatment focuses on specific symptoms and problems that families identify as their main concerns. Treatment is administered in treatment episodes, which end when goals are met and can be resumed if problems reoccur.
Once an agency is certified to offer I-FAST, no additional, on-going costs are required. Agencies are free to schedule “booster” trainings, have on-going consultations from one of the I-FAST trainers, or have no additional training of any kind.
I-FAST offers agencies a training the trainer model. Once an agency has I-FAST certified supervisors, those supervisors can train new agency staff in the model, eliminating the need for additional training costs.
Once certified, agencies can choose to utilize I-FAST as they wish, to match their local needs. Agencies are free to use I-FAST on whatever level of care they wish, and offer it to whatever child and adolescent diagnoses they wish. Agencies are also free to decide length of stay, caseloads and staff credentials.
I-FAST services can be sustained “in the black” by billing fee for service.
I-FAST is currently an approved model that can be used in conjunction with Ohio IHBT services and as such can be paid for within the current Ohio bundled rate paid for IHBT.