Our Mission and Guiding Principles
Intermountain Centers for Human Development (Intermountain) provides the highest quality, evidence-based human services to facilitate self-sufficiency for individuals in their own communities and cultural contexts. Intermountain strives to be a model for human service organizations.
Intermountain Centers for Human Development provides a variety of programs and support services to:
- Children diagnosed with autism
- Children with specialized educational needs
- Children and adolescents who are emotionally and/or behaviorally challenged
- Children and adolescents who are transitioning from one locus of care to another
- Adolescents aging out of foster and group residential care to independent living
- Adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness
- Adults who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities
- Adults transitioning to independent living
- Families of clients in need of parenting support and connection to community resources
GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND PHILOSOPHY
The following statements are viewed as core values which guide the staff of Intermountain Centers for Human Development:
- Intermountain’s approach is based on empirical behavioral principles.
- Intermountain programs maximize preventative and positive programming as well as minimizing aversive procedures.
- Intermountain programs are flexible and individualized. They promote choice and maximize the individual’s participation in the treatment process which includes assessing individual skills, setting goals and devising strategies for their attainment.
- Intermountain strives to support people in their own families, homes, and communities whenever possible, through education, vocational training and family-based services.
- Intermountain also provides foster care, residential and other services when they are better alternatives to remaining in one’s family, home or community.
- Self-sufficiency, independence and self-management are implicit goals of the Intermountain program.
- Intermountain programs focus on individual strengths and use these strengths to achieve measurable behavioral goals.
- Intermountain’s commitment is holistic rather than limited to clinical services.
- Intermountain programs promote the integration of a variety of populations in a common therapeutic environment.
- Intermountain staff are committed to developing diversity and cultural competence in identifying and supporting cultural context related to individual needs, strengths and goals.
- Intermountain programs are not restrictive with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, gender or gender preference.
Quality of Programs
- Intermountain is committed to enhancing the development of every individual receiving our services within the context of self, family and community.
- Intermountain staff-to-individual ratio is kept small.
- Intermountain programs seek staff consistency in applying program procedures with our clients.
- Intermountain programs are committed to fiscal integrity and cost effectiveness.
- Intermountain programs are responsive to the needs and requirements of our referral and funding sources.
Innovation and Growth
- All Intermountain programs carry potential as demonstration projects from which training materials can be disseminated locally and nationally.
- The Intermountain program approach is innovative and open to challenge.
- Intermountain seeks to be the leader in the field of human services.
- Intermountain programs evolve through participation of staff and community.
- Intermountain’s services are designed to facilitate a positive impact on the individuals’ lives even after the participation in the Intermountain programs.
- Intermountain programs are empirically oriented and assessed for ongoing effectivelness. In order to maximize effectiveness, the latest research relevant to Intermountain programs is systematically reviewed.