The Community Accountability and Recidivism Prevention- Intensive Diversion Program (CARP-ID) is a specialized intervention designed to divert juvenile offenders from ending up in placement in residential treatment facilities and/or youth detention centers. Community-based services reduce financial burdens and minimize social disruption. Juveniles who are granted the privilege of probation often require services and support to promote wellness and reduce the likelihood of recidivating. Additionally, living with an adjudication of a sexual offense in the community can often be a stressful experience for juveniles and families. Ravenhill understands the complexities and challenges juvenile delinquents pose to the community and the victims affected by their choices and behaviors. We also recognize that juvenile sexual offenders are capable of change with proper guidance and support.
CARP-ID incorporates the principals of evidenced based probation in order to appropriately identify individual service needs and relies on the findings of the Youth Level of Service Index (YLS) to identify the risk/need of each referred client.
Building Brighter Futures Together
Rather than merely teaching, or simply informing, CARP-ID focuses on collaboration between client and treatment team in order to facilitate meaningful behavioral changes. With an emphasis on personal accountability and responsibility, we provide youth with personal connectedness, supervision and guidance, skills training, job/career enrichment opportunities, a knowledge of values, and goals/ hope for the future. By addressing criminogenic needs, youth develop the skills required to function optimally within the community. CARP-ID assists families in providing support/guidance to their son or daughter. Finally, CARP-ID clients experience: Reduction in externalizing behaviors such as aggression, hyperactivity, and conduct problems; reduction in internalizing behaviors such as anxiety and depression; increase in adaptive functioning, such as increased ability for adapting to changing situations, leadership behaviors, and positive communication skills; a decrease in estimated risk for reoffending; and an increase in protective factors.
Upon receiving a referral, the assigned Case Manager will contact the juvenile within 48 business hours. Upon review of the referral information and YLS, a transition and safety plan will be developed with the assistance of the juvenile, parent/ guardian (when applicable), Forensic Specialist, and Juvenile Probation Officer.
- Ongoing assessment and consideration of criminogenic risk occurs throughout the duration of the program. Initial YLS scores are obtained from the Juvenile Probation Officer upon commencement of CARP-ID. Updated YLS scores will be documented every 6 months until discharge.
- Consultation with referring agent and review of Juvenile Court records, previous evaluations, school history, and other related documents to determine appropriateness of fit.
- A transition plan will be created identifying risks, targeting presenting issues, expected conduct, and safety rules.
- Service planning from the onset of involvement. An individualized service plan will be developed; capturing the unique needs of the juvenile and/or family, and focusing on the risks and deficits identified within the YLS. Service plans will be created collaboratively with the juvenile.
- Behavioral contracts will be created and used to identify problematic behaviors and methods/measures to reduce/eliminate said behaviors through the use of rewards.
- Initial assessment of functional status and risk utilizing the Behavioral Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) for functional & adaptability status: Externalizing Problems, Internalizing Problems, Behavioral Symptoms Index, and Adaptive Skills subscales. The DASH will be used to measure the adolescent’s current protective factors, and the ERASOR will be used to measure the estimated level of risk of recidivism. The BASC-2, DASH and ERASOR will be completed on a pre/post basis.
- A minimum of two face-to-face meetings with the juvenile per week by the Case Manager, one of which will include the participation of a parent(s)/guardian(s). Meetings will occur in the home, school, or community setting.
- One individual meeting with the Forensic Specialist a week to address the identified risk of history of engaging in criminal sexual behavior. These meetings will occur at one of Ravenhill’s offices.
- 24 hour on call service. Juvenile clients and their families will have access to their assigned Case Manager on a 24 hour basis.
- Therapeutic polygraph examinations will be administered as needed.
- Support and assistance with attaining needed community supports and prosocial activities as it relates to academic, employment, and/or recreational activities. Assistance in locating appropriate mental and physical health resources.
- Detailed monthly reports submitted to the assigned Juvenile Probation Officer noting program compliance, goal attainment, and over all progress.
- Ongoing collaboration with Juvenile Probation Officer and involved stakeholders.
- Contact with school personnel to review academic progress and behavioral conduct.
- Transportation to appointments (as needed).
A Graduated Sexual Offense Specific Intervention
Phase 1: Start to 6 Months
- At least two face-to-face meetings with a Case Manager per week to continue the completion of community and personal and behavioral goals. Case Managers are on call on a 24 hour basis.
- One individual meeting with a Forensic Specialist per week at a Ravenhill office to address identified risks, and history of engaging in criminal sexual behavior.
- Incident specific polygraph
Phase 2: 7-9 Months
- One face-to-face meetings with a Case Manager per week to continue the completion of community and personal and behavioral goals.
- One individual meeting with a Forensic Specialist per week at a Ravenhill office to address identified risks, and history of engaging in criminal sexual behavior.*
- Maintenance polygraph
*Achievement of goals, compliance with CARP-ID and Probation, successful completion of a polygraph, and a reduction of overall risk will warrant a recommendation of discharge of forensic specialist services. If ongoing sex-offender-specific concerns/risks remain, it may be recommended that ongoing CARP-ID Forensic Specialist service involvement continues.
Phase 3: 10-12 Months
- One face-to-face meeting with a Case Manager per week to continue the completion of community and personal and behavioral goals. *
*A maintenance polygraph examination, if appropriate, will be coordinated to identify any criminal or problematic sexual behaviors since the juvenile began the CARP-ID program. The assigned Case Manager will discuss and provide the juvenile and their family with community resources available to address ongoing needs upon discharge. At the end of twelve months an additional risk assessment will be completed to guide the discharge process. Achievement of goals, compliance with CARP-ID and Probation, successful outcome on a polygraph, and a reduction of overall risk will warrant a recommendation of discharge. If ongoing sex-offender-specific concerns/risks remain, it may be recommended that ongoing CARP-ID involvement continue.
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