The CANEI Program is a 26-week, in-home program for male and female youths, ages 12–18, with histories of aggressive, defiant or violent behavior. The curriculum focuses on three pillars—restorative justice, literacy, and spirituality—in order to encourage stability, healthy connections, and sustained growth. It uses a strength-based, cognitive–behavioral therapy approach, based on positive youth development theory and wraparound theory, to promote respect, compassion, and empathy. Initially implemented in foster care, the design was adapted to serve youth as an in-home, community-based program.
Services are provided to both the individual and the family, and include family team meetings, therapy, and weekly 2-hour group sessions. Services are facilitated by a Child Family Team that includes a Treatment Coordinator, a Treatment Advocate, and a therapist. The team can include others identified by the youth or their family (mentors, spiritual advisors, significant adult, etc.).