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DAS provides funding for treatment services for adolescents and specialized treatment that is reflective of the special needs (cognitive, emotional, social, physical, behavioral) of youth involved with the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) and the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC).

DAS provides technical assistance to a statewide network of licensed treatment providers which offer specialized services.  For more information about these services, please contact Robin Nighland at 609-943-5895.

Treatment Services for Adolescents
The Division funds 212 long-term residential treatment beds, nine (9) short-term treatment beds and 31 partial care slots for adolescents in DAS licensed facilities. 

Long-term residential treatment provides a highly structured recovery environment, combined with professional clinical services designed to address addiction and living skill problems for adolescents with substance abuse diagnosis who require longer treatment stays. 

Short-term residential services provide highly structured environment, combined with a commensurate level of professional services, designed to address specific addiction and living skills problems for youth who are deemed amenable to intervention through short-term treatment. 

Partial care treatment provides a broad range of clinically intensive treatment services in a structured environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week, during day or evening hours.  Treatment includes substance abuse counseling, educational and community support services.  Programs have ready access to psychiatric, medical and laboratory services.
The Juvenile Justice Treatment Initiative
DAS, through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), allots funds to treat adolescents who have been committed to a state juvenile institution and adolescents placed on probation.   This initiative allows for coordinated planning and joint funding of services to juvenile offenders. 

DAS funds 59 out of the 67 residential adolescent substance abuse treatment beds. The remaining eight (8) beds are supported by a transfer of funds from the JJC.

DAS will allow discretion to the providers to utilize JJC beds for juveniles involved in the criminal justice system or court involved; however, JJC youth shall have preference.  JJC shall maintain responsibility for placing JJC juveniles in funded beds.
Child Welfare / Adolescent Treatment
The Child Welfare Reform Plan Initiative provides a coordinated network of specialized substance abuse treatment services in licensed facilities, targeted to adolescents... with first priority to those under the supervision of DYFS. 

Services include long-term residential treatment that provide a structured recovery environment, combined with professional clinical services designed to address addiction and living skill problems for adolescents with substance abuse diagnosis who require longer treatment stays to support and promote recovery. 

Forty-eight (48) beds are available for adolescents to receive these services, eighteen (18) of which were awarded for long-term residential treatment for female adolescents in SFY 2009, for a total of 23 long-term residential treatment for female adolescents.  Intervention focuses on reintegrating into the greater community with emphasis on education and vocational development.  

One hundred thirty-six (136) slots are available to adolescents needing enhanced substance abuse treatment in intensive outpatient settings; and forty (40) slots are available for enhanced substance abuse treatment in outpatient settings. In SFY 08, this included an expansion of Child Welfare (CW) adolescent (male/female) treatment services.

Twenty-two (22) intensive outpatient slots have been made available; and in SFY 09, again there was an expansion of Child Welfare (CW) treatment services of 19 intensive outpatient slots for adolescents (male/female).

These enhanced services include individual, group and family counseling and also include access to support services.  Joint case planning and case conferencing between the DYFS case worker and the treatment provider are an essential component to this initiative.

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