At-risk youth between ages of 10 and 17 are the target population of the CET. These youth are at risk of out-of-home placement, secure detention, or commitment to the Department of Youth Corrections. After referral, an intake interview is conducted with the youth’s parent or guardian to gather information about the youth to be served. Areas of need are identified and may include substance abuse, education, physical abuse/violence, emotional abuse, delinquency, mental health concerns, or youth who are out of the control of their parents or guardians.
The CET strives to meet the needs of the youth and families within the community in the least restrictive setting available, while affording the community protection as necessary. The intent of the CET is to reduce or eliminate detention, out-of-home placement, and commitment whenever possible. Family reunification/preservation will be the primary goal.
CET intervention includes screening, staffing (which includes the family whenever possible), and intensive case planning and monitoring. Case planning involves coordination of existing community services which include, but are not limited to:
1. Mental health services (individual and family)
2. Substance abuse treatment and/or education
3. Crisis intervention (law enforcement and/or human services)
4. Core service programs (mentoring, day treatment, counseling, etc.)
5. Offense specific treatment for sex offenders
6. Family foster care, group home, and care provided through residential child care or residential treatment care facilities
7. In-home supervision of the youth through PASP or Tracking Services
8. Restitution work crew
9. Urinalysis testing to identify substance abuse
10. Increase parental involvement and responsibility.
11. Life skills education
When possible, CET will develop an intensive family support project to target those families of highest risk. CET measures program impact on the target population through measures such as:
1. Recidivism rates for delinquent family members as compared to base rates established.
2. Number of days of detention ordered in delinquency cases.
3. Number of commitments to the Department of Youth Corrections.
4. Number of days in out-of-home placement.
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