PROPOSED CONTINUUM FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE Probation and Community Corrections June 28, 2002Gregory Kurth, Senior Vice President, Florida Operations
VISIONCentral Baptist Family Services seeks toestablish a comprehensive juvenile justicesystem of your services to reducefragmentation in service delivery. Our visionis to provide a full continuum of treatmentoptions including the principles of Balancedand Restorative Justice (BARJ), specificallyfocused on accountability, public safety andcommunity reintegration. CBFS facilitates thedevelopment of a full continuum of juvenilejustice programs focusing six intensity levelswith these five goals:
INTENSITY♦ Prevention ♦ Transitional Residential♦ Diversion ♦ Community Reintegration♦ Intervention ♦ Secured Care
GOALS♦ Deflection from Further System Involvement♦ Assessment & Responsiveness♦ Life Skills Attainment♦ Pro-Social Development♦ Family-Based Community Support
PREVENTIONOur prevention programs are designed tokeep juveniles from entering the justicesystem. We create activities that targetyouth before involvement with lawenforcement and the courts.
DIVERSIONThese programs are designed to divertyouth from further legal involvement,increase the successful completion of courtsupervision and to increase skillcompetencies in areas that will preventyouth from further involvement in criminalactivities.
INTERVENTIONThese programs are designed to preventfurther penetration into the juvenile justicesystem or additional violent repeat offensesand thus reduce the number of juvenilesentering the Department of Corrections.
TRANSITIONAL PLACEMENTThese programs serve as either a step-downfacility for formerly incarcerated youth, oras a last chance for habitual youth/youngadult offenders. These programs areintensive and short-term within a non-locked residential facility. Our programsbegin the process of reintegrating theyouth, but with more of a treatment focusin a residential environment.
COMMUNITY REINTEGRATIONCommunity Reintegration encompassesthree distinct yet similar models of servicedelivery.
♦ Family-Based Treatment is designed for youth/young adults in need of a structured but less restrictive environment.♦ Supervised Independent Living/Day Treatment is designed to prepare youth/young adults for autonomous and social acceptable functioning.♦ Supervised Family Reunification is designed to return clients to a family setting.
HISTORYREBOUND, a not-for-profit UnitedREBOUNDWay funded agency, was founded in1966. The Lake County InterfaithChaplainry Service and caringmembers of the Judiciary andcommunity felt that genuine concernand assistance to young offenderscould make a difference in helpingthem turn their lives around.
MISSION STATEMENTREBOUND, in partnership with theREBOUNDcommunity, is dedicated to directingat-risk youth toward productive andlawful lives through prevention andcommunity corrections programs.
TYPICAL CLIENT PROFILE♦ The majority of REBOUND clients come from backgrounds of illiteracy, poverty, substance abuse and neglect.♦ Referrals come from the Illinois Department of Corrections- Juvenile, Lake County Court Services-Adult and the Department of Children and Family Services.
TYPICAL CLIENT PROFILE♦ They have had limited opportunities to reform; Rebound is usually their last alternative before lengthy incarceration.♦ The average age of the clients in the residential program is 18-years old.
TYPICAL CLIENT PROFILE♦ Clients are on probation or parole resulting from delinquent behavior.♦ On Average, clients have had three to five offenses.♦ 65% are homeless.♦ The majority of clients have income levels at or below the United States poverty line.
BENEFITSREBOUND clients: Learn to work together and accept responsibility for their actions; Receive feedback from counselorsand peers; Reinforce newly learnedacceptable behaviors, Design individual Program Plans.
COUNSELING Drug/Alcohol Mental Health Family IssuesEDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT GED Preparation Computer Training Job Seeking Skills
LIFE MANAGEMENT PERSONAL GROWTHBudgeting and Money Management Health and Safety Grooming and Personal Hygiene VOCATIONAL Maintenance Building Repair Work skills Development
What is MST? MultiSystemic Therapy (MST) is a unique, goal- oriented comprehensive program designed to serve multi-problem youth in their community. MST is described as follows:♦ is the only family-focused and community- based treatment program that has been the focus of several major research studies;♦ has demonstrated clinical and cost- effectiveness for youth with complex emotional, social and academic needs; and♦ is listed as one of the Blueprints for Violence Prevention recommended by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.
Who should receive MST?MST is effective in helping youth with chronic,violent, delinquent behavior and youth with seriousemotional problems, including♦ truancy and academic problems;♦ serious disrespect and disobedience;♦ aggressive behavior (fighting and property destruction);♦ criminal behavior;♦ drug and alcohol problems; and♦ running away.
What makes MST work?Research studies on youth who break the lawrepeatedly and/or abuse illegal substances revealthat family relations, neighborhood andcommunity relations, school performance andpeer relations contribute to juvenile offending.MST interventions focus on key aspects of ayouth’s life. All interventions are designed in fullcollaboration with family members and keyfigures in each area of the youth’s live – parentsor legal guardians, schoolteachers and principalsetc.
What does MST do?♦ Provide a complete functional assessment of youth in the context of their family, school and community♦ Seeks to understand the “fit” between the youth’s problems and the factors that contribute to them♦ Focuses on helping parents build supportive social networks♦ Empowers parents to address the needs of the youth more effectively♦ Emphasizes long-term change that families can maintain after the program
How does MST use a “home-based model?♦ MST Therapist are available 24/7;♦ Services are provided in the home, school, neighborhood and community♦ Caseloads are small (4-6 families per therapist) and treatment is intensive, including multiple contacts a week;♦ Length of treatment averages 2-5 months♦ Therapist are fully trained in MST and work in teams♦ Each team has a supervisor and an expert consultant from MultiSystemic Therapy Services, Inc. in Charleston, SC.
What can I expect from my MST Therapist?Any combination of the following services could beprovided to the youth and her/his family, as needed,within the MST program: ♦ family and marital therapy ♦ individual sessions with youth and parents ♦ chemical dependency assessment and treatment ♦ evaluation of the youth’s peer network and arranging alternative activities ♦ coordinating activities with school systems, court and /or other social service agencies; ♦ arranging a psychiatric consultation
MST Programming Recently launched MST with theDelinquency Division of the Cook County(IL) Juvenile Court, the oldest juvenile courtin the country Successfully implemented in ruralSouthern Illinois
DescriptionThe “Rural Gang Initiative” model is aimedat reducing violent crime througheducational efficacy, vocational readinessand pro-social activity involvement. CBFSacts as an oversight agency to provide gangoutreach and case management services toolder youth/young adults.
EligibilityIndividuals eligible for services in the RGIprogram must be gang involved orconsidered by the law enforcement andsocial service communities to be at high riskfor gang involvement. The target populationis youth and young adults between the agesof 17 to 24.
AccessReferrals to this program are made throughthe RGI intervention team consisting ofrepresentatives from the legal, judicial, lawenforcement, education and social servicecommunities.
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