HOMEBUILDERS employs several program components:
- Intervention at the crisis point: Client families are seen within 24 hours of referral.
- Treatment in the natural setting: Almost all services take place in the family’s home and community.
- Accessibility and responsiveness: Therapists are on call to their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Research-based interventions: Therapists use research-based interventions, including crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, parent education, skill building, and cognitive/behavioral therapy.
- Flexibility: Services are provided when and where the clients wish. Therapists provide a wide range of services, from helping clients meet the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter to providing therapeutic techniques. Therapists teach families basic skills such as using public transportation systems, budgeting, and where necessary dealing with the social services system. They also educate families in areas more commonly associated with counseling, such as child development, parenting skills, anger management, other mood management skills, communication, and assertiveness.