Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark, Ph.D., BCBA
Joseph Solomita, LCSW
Stars Training Academy
Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG)
The TIP Model® was developed for working with youth and young adults (14-29 years old) with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD) to: a) engage them in their own futures planning process; b) provide them with developmentally-appropriate, non-stigmatizing, culturally-competent, trauma-informed, and appealing services and supports; and c) involve them and their families and other informal key players in a process that prepares and facilitates them in their movement toward greater self-sufficiency and successful achievement of their goals related to relevant transition domains (i.e., employment/career, educational opportunities, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing, and community-life functioning). The TIP Model® is operationalized through seven guidelines and their associated practices that drive the work with young people and provide the framework for the program and community system to support these functions. The TIP Model® is an evidence-supported practice based on six published studies that demonstrate improvement in real-life outcomes for youth and young adults with EBD.
The mission of the TIP Institute is to improve the outcomes of youth and young adults who have emotional, behavioral, cognitive and mental health challenges through its oversight of the: a) STA operations; and b) TIP Model® fidelity in implementation and sustainability.
This mission is accomplished by:
Operationally The TIP Institute serves the following major functions:
The home-base for The TIP Institute is at the Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) in Long Beach California.
A provider agency or a community collaborative of agencies interested in the implementation of the TIP Model® in their community would work with the The TIP Institute SBHG Purveyor organization for guiding the personnel training and other implementation strategies. A transition program site might be interested in achieving accreditation as a TIP® Site or being designated as a TIP-Informed Site. The criteria for both of these are outlined below.
NOTE 1: Regarding any of the site consultancy activities/assessments described above, the site leadership is to provide a written summary report that highlights the site’s strengths, describes areas of weakness, and includes an action plan for addressing these weaknesses and outlines the progress in strengthening these areas.