Goal: Expand research-proven parent and caregiver training and education to prevent abuse, neglect and severe behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children. Facilitate thorough training and education designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents and other caregivers.
The Incredible Years Program (IYP) is an award-winning parent training, teacher training and child social skills training series selected by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as an "exemplary" best practice. IYP was also selected as a model program by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The series has been subject to numerous evaluations by independent groups, demonstrated excellent effectiveness and attained high overall ratings. The American Psychological Division 12 Task Force recommended the IYP as a well-established treatment for children with conduct problems.
The IYP’s Parents, Teachers, and Children Training Series have two long-range goals. The first goal is to develop comprehensive treatment for young children with early onset conduct problems. The second goal is to develop cost-effective, community-based, universal prevention for all families and teachers of young children. This will promote social competence and prevent children from developing conduct problems.
Funds have been allocated to local mental health boards to support parent education groups, as well as teacher training and child social skills education sessions. The funds may be used for:
IYP was piloted in 13 counties as part of the Access to Better Care (ABC) Initiative. However, in 2007, 34 boards reported they were using IYP as part of their ECMH services. As the result of an request for proposal for FY 2008-2009, 23 boards received additional funds in FY 2008. Up to 28 boards may receive additional funds for FY 2009.
Participating providers are required to collect data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program in Ohio and to support its future expansion. Training is also provided on an ongoing basis. In addition, ongoing monthly mentoring sessions continue to be conducted by certified mentors.