Offered to Court-Referred Clients through our DCS Community-Based Contract

Regions Served

4 & 10 and parts of 6 & 7

Counties Served 

Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Whitley, and Marion

Service Description

The purpose of this program is to secure a smooth transition to a less restrictive environment and prevent youth from returning to a restrictive placement.

The goals of the program include facilitating the transition of youth back to their homes by providing a wide range of therapeutic and case work services to the youth and their families as well as developing an on-going community support system for each youth, including extra-curricular and vocational activities.

Service Delivery

The Transition from Restrictive Placement Program will be provided by family support workers.

Family Support Workers are to work with the referring agency to:

Initiate services for the youth and their families at least 30 days prior to their expected release from restrictive placement.

Participate in an initial meeting with the youth’s FCM or probation officer as well as the youth and family within 48 hours of release.

Provide random drug screens when requested by FCM or probation officer.

Provide monthly progress reports, participate in team meetings, and provide requested testimony and/or presence at court hearings.

Family Support Workers will:

Conduct a minimum of 2 face to face visits per week with the youth.

Provide on-going risk assessment and monitor family/parental progress.

Maintain regular contact with the referring agency.

Identify family strengths and focus on family centered services to build on these strengths.

Services provided may include:

  • Vocational services
  • Drug/alcohol screening and monitoring
  • Conflict management
  • Addiction education
  • Coordination of services, with special emphasis on education and employment services
  • Emergency/crisis services
  • Parenting education/training
  • Family communication
  • Assistance with transportation
  • Family assessment
  • Community referrals and follow-up
  • Budgeting/money management
  • Other services as deemed appropriate based on the needs of the family and youth.