Non-Residential Services for Committed Population

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  • Funding History
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Non-residential Services for Committed Population funds programs and services for youth in Department of Youth Services (DYS) custody who reside in the community. At any given time, approximately half the youth committed to DYS are supervised in the community. There are 28 district and satellite offices providing services to youth in the community who reside with a parent, guardian, foster parent or in a transitional living program.

Services for committed youth in the community aim to fulfill both of the stated goals of DYS - public safety and rehabilitation. DYS provides Behavioral health, medical care, education and employment services while connecting youths and their families to mentoring, recreation, civic engagement activities, housing and family supports. Specific clinical services vary by site, but most offer counseling in the following areas: anger management, substance abuse, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), pro-social skill groups, teen dating violence prevention, and parenting skills. When needed counseling services are not offered at a DYS site, services are provided by community mental health centers funded by the state and third party insurance coverage.

DYS utilizes a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework for all youth in custody with a goal of preventing crime. PYD aims to build capacity and skills while promoting positive change in the lives of committed youth - going further than recidivism reduction. DYS emphasizes serving youth on an individualized basis with a focus on engaging families as partners in a youth's plan development. To ensure that all needed services identified in a plan are available, DYS uses a Community Services Model adding clinical, family and site support to the case management team. The team works together to insure all needed services are provided.

DYS increased the focus on vocational education and job readiness in 2006 with the Bridging the Opportunity Gap initiative. This initiative provides a variety of programs with a special focus on youth returning to their home following residential treatment. Programs provided by grantee organizations include career readiness, vocational education, workforce certifications and subsidized employment. Goals include preparing and supporting youth as they enter the workforce and providing them with credentials, certificates and other employable skills.

To maintain public safety, a supervision system tailors the nature and frequency of contact for each youth under a Grant of Conditional Liberty (GCL). Each level requires a specific plan including criteria for increasing or decreasing the level of supervision. Electronic monitoring is used for youth who need a high level of supervision. For youth who struggle and return to delinquent activity, a formal revocation hearing can return them to residential custody.

As of January 1, 2014, there were 717 committed youth in DYS. Just under 60 percent of youth were in community placements. Nearly half of all committed youth were placed in an out-of-home residential placement by another agency prior to DYS committment - most of those with the Department of Children and family (DCF). Three quarters of the girls committed to DYS had past involvement with DCF.

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