Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley
“Stronger Communities Through Stronger Families”
High-Risk Youth Offender Reentry & Family Strengthening Initiative

FSA NEPA is facilitating this project under a grant from the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.

This project is a collaborative among FSA NEPA and the following organizations:

  • Luzerne County Court System
  • Luzerne County Children and Youth Services
  • Children's Service Center
  • Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Luzerne County Community College Division of Workforce and Community Development
  • Luzerne County Office of Human Services

This Initiative uses a Targeted Case Management Model that enlists community resources and builds on the strengths of the youth and family as they work toward a future free of re-offences and out-of-home placements.

What will Targeted Case Management do?

  • Assesses the child's needs.
  • Arranges for the delivery of needed services.
  • Advocates for the child and family.
Also:
  • Assists the family in accessing services.
  • Tracks progress and makes referrals.
  • Consults with service providers.
  • Arranges crisis assistance.

Crisis Management:

  • Program personnel will be accessible to the youth and his/her family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Follows Children & Adolescent Service System (CASSP)

Principles:

  • Meets the individual needs of the child and family.
  • Services will recognize that the family is the primary support for the youth.
  • See that services are delivered in the youth's home community.
  • All services are planned and coordinated between the family and providers.
  • Services are provided in the least restrictive setting.

Program Description:

Goals:

  • Reduce the risk of re-offending by creating community connections and strengthening families.
  • Integration and coordination of career readiness, assessment and coaching.
  • Behavioral and substance abuse interventions.
  • Strength based, family focused approach.
  • Life Skills training that will increase pro-social behavior and recreation opportunities.
  • Linkages to evidence based practices like Functional Family Therapy and Family Group Decision Making.

Eligibility:

This program is available to youth ages 10-18 that are residents of Luzerne County. Participants must be returning to a family living arrangement in the community from a residential facility or be under the supervision of the Luzerne County Juvenile Probation Office.

Determine Your Goals and Develop a Plan Based On Your Strengths:

  • Support development of youth's knowledge and skills in a variety of ways including academic, sports, arts, vocational education and service learning.
  • Promote healthy life styles and teaching patterns of social interactions.
  • Enhance family affective relationships.
  • Provide supportive services to assist youth and their families in a successful return from residential placement into their family's home and community.

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Program participants are referred through the Office of Juvenile Probation, Children & Youth or any other community agency. Initial information such as presenting problem, psychosocial history and permanency goal should be available at time of referral.

At the time of intake, potential program participants and family members will meet with the program supervisor to discuss their goals and ambitions and ensure that this program is a good fit for each youth and their family.

This Project was supported by Grant No. 2007-JL-FX-0067 awarded by the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.