YAP, Inc is always trying to expand its services-- finding areas where our mission will make us stand out amongst other providers. It is no different than many sister offices in other countries. One of YAP's stand out sister programs is YAP Ireland. The program was established in 2002 in the areas of North Dublin, Galway, Roscommon and Mayo successfully importing the YAP model from the United States. YAP has been instrumental in assisting with child welfare system reform in Ireland. By history Ireland has relied solely on residential programs for youth in the child welfare system. YAP was the first community-based organization in Ireland to bring youth out of residential placement and back to their home communities. Training, technical support and development by American YAP colleagues of the YAP Ireland Program for 7 years alongside a talented YAP Ireland team's dedication to the mission, model, kids and families strengthened and grew YAP Ireland.
At the beginning of March, Jessica Carlton-Humenik and Ann Branning had the opportunity to collaborate with YAP Ireland. During their time in Ireland a 2 day core autism training was provided to regional team leaders and a round table meeting was held to discuss further development of autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities services through the YAP Ireland sites. The warmth and willingness to learn and share on the behalf of the Ireland team members was very genuine. The comradery that was experienced in the Dublin office felt just like walking into our local home offices!
YAP Ireland is currently servicing many individuals with autism through their provision of mental health services. Their goal is to expand services and make YAP Ireland a top provider not only in the mental health and juvenile justice fields but also for those individuals they service with autism.