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Residential Placement Process

Residential Placement Process

The first step in the placement process is assessment. If the case is not already under OJJ supervision, the case is opened in the OJJ electronic system. The Probation and Parole Officer (PPO) completes a SAVRY (Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth) social history, if needed. A recommendation to the court to remove the youth from home is only made after the case has been staffed by the PPO, a supervisor, the officer responsible for placement and an employee not associated with the case.
 
The PPO may schedule a psychological evaluation in the absence of a current evaluation. The psychological evaluation should have a recommendation for out-of-home placement. If a recommendation for out-of-home placement is not included in the evaluation, the Probation and Parole Officer should approach the court for a Modification of Disposition.
 
A placement case staffing is conducted after receipt of the psychological evaluation and/or completion of a SAVRY assessment to determine appropriate placement. The parent or guardian and youth are invited to participate in this staffing. At a minimum, the assigned officer, the supervisor, and an unbiased party participate in this staffing.
 
The PPO informs the parent/guardian of the need to obtain the youth’s clothing and/or medications, drop slip from school and Medicaid card (if applicable) or private insurance card.
 
The Individual Service Plan is completed within 14 days of youth’s placement in a residential facility and must contain signatures of the youth and parent. A copy of the completed service plan is mailed to the parent, facility and judge.
 
The PPO must make the following contacts with youth in residential placement facilities:
 
  • conduct monthly face-to-face visit with youth
  • contact facility staff once a month to monitor the client’s progress
  • contact the parent or guardian at least monthly regarding youth’s progress
  • review the Individual Service Plan with youth and facility staff during monthly contacts and update as needed.
     
If the youth has been abandoned, the DCFS Office of Community Services should be contacted to participate in the staffings prior to the 12-month Permanency Planning Hearing so they can begin their investigations and locate a resource for the youth. If at 15 months there is no cooperation from the parent, a 15-month Termination of Parental Rights Hearing is scheduled.
 
If the youth’s plan calls for return to the home, but there is a “compelling reason” for the youth to remain in OJJ custody, the PPO sends a 15-month Status Report to the court advising the court that a Termination of Parental Rights Hearing will not be scheduled because there is a Permanent Plan in place.

Finally, the youth will either be successfully or unsuccessfully discharged from the program. If the youth is unsuccessfully discharged from the program, the case is staffed for either re-placement into another residential program or transfer to a secure care program.