Continuum of Care
Building a Continuum of Care through Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services
ASSESSMENT TO REINTEGRATION
OJJ contracts with licensed providers to provide services that address the needs of youth under supervision or in the state’s custody and care.
OJJ partners with community programs and agencies in nearly all regions, which offer day programs, mentor/tracker services, re-entry programs, counseling (both in home and on site), recreational therapy, anger management and parenting classes. Partnerships in the community include the Office of Mental Health (OMH), local Addictive Disorder Clinics, Louisiana’s Behavioral Health Partnership, the DCFS Office of Community Services (OCS), and the DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD).
OJJ engages with community organizations to develop partnerships. OJJ’s regional offices and program specialists participate in local Children and Youth Planning Board meetings. These local boards comprise a wide range of public and private service providers.
Prevention and diversion programs improve the continuum of care and may help prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system after an initial contact with the legal system.
When a youth is released from custody (residential or secure care) initial appointments are typically made for the youth and his/her family with each of the resources identified prior to release. Transportation is arranged if needed. Any and all potential problems with the continuation of services are addressed to achieve a successful return home. Youth may be monitored through the use of an electronic monitoring program (EMP) – ankle monitor).
Each regional office maintains an Inventory of Graduated Interventions, or list of services available in the community, including:
- counseling services
- day treatment
- electronic monitoring
- referral for substance abuse