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3  — Promising Research Evidence
3  — Promising Research Evidence
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About This Program

Target Population: Children and/or adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders (Conduct disorder [CD], Oppositional Defiant Disorder [ODD], attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]) living in residential treatment centers

For children/adolescents ages: 6 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 6 – 17

Brief Description

The Stop-Gap model uses a multi-component approach (i.e., environment-based, intensive, and discharge-related) to service delivery for residential treatment settings. The two-fold goal of the Stop-Gap model is to interrupt the youth's downward spiral imposed by increasingly disruptive behavior and prepare the post-discharge environment for the youth's timely re-integration. Youths enter the model at Tier I, where they receive environment-based and discharge-related services. The focus at tier I is on the immediate reduction of "barrier" behaviors (i.e., problem behaviors that prevent re-integration) through intensive ecological and skill teaching interventions (e.g., token economy, social and academic skill teaching). Simultaneously, discharge-related interventions commence. To the extent that problem behaviors are not reduced at Tier I, intensive Tier II interventions that include function-based behavior support planning are implemented. The Stop-Gap model recognizes the importance of community-based service delivery while providing intensive and short-term support for youths with the most challenging behaviors.

Program Goals:

The primary goals for the Stop-Gap model are:

  • Reduce length of stay in residential treatment
  • Reduce disruptive and aggressive behaviors
  • Improve outcomes in post-discharge environment

Contact Information

Barry McCurdy, PhD, BCBA
Agency/Affiliation: Devereux Center for Effective Schools
Phone: (610) 542-3123
Fax: (610) 542-3087

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2008