Treatment Services — DYS Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Division of Youth Services like prison for juveniles?

No. The Division of Youth Services programs are small, treatment and educational programs and facilities, often with cottages or dormitory settings. The youth have individualized treatment plans and continuously participate in treatment and educational services.

What types of treatment are offered in the Division of Youth Services programs?

Treatment is individualized for each youth. However, common areas addressed include victim empathy, social skills, emotions management, healthy thinking patterns and coping skills, peer influences, substance abuse, and self-esteem, as well as educational and vocational programming. Much of the programming centers around group dynamics and processes, with additional individual and family counseling services.

How are residential groups staffed?

Each residential group (10 to 12 youth) is assigned a youth group leader along with a teacher. Depending on the security level of the site, each group is staffed with a number of youth specialists to cover shifts 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Secure care sites employ 10 youth specialist per group, moderately secure sites employ 9 youth specialist per group and community based programs employ 8 youth specialist per group.

Does each youth committed to Division of Youth Services have an individual case manager?

Yes. To provide continuity of services, all youth committed to the Division of Youth Services are assigned a service coordinator who becomes an advocate for the youth. Service Coordinators work with the family and treatment team to assess the needs of the youth, develop an effective treatment plan, and ensure treatment and supervision needs of the youth are met. In fiscal year 2003, the division had 94 service coordinators with an average of 17 youth on their caseload.

What is day treatment in the Division of Youth Services?

Day treatment programs provide an alternative to residential placement for at-risk youth. Day treatment teachers develop an individual education plan to address core academics as well as career planning and job skills. The educational program is augmented with individual, group, family therapy, and community services.