Ravenhill's Accountability and Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a specialized intervention offering intensive, individualized mentoring services to at-risk juveniles in the community. Ravenhill understands the complexities and challenges that juvenile offenders pose to the community and the impact their behaviors have on victims. Delinquent youth require services and support to promote wellness and reduce the likelihood of recidivating. We believe that with the proper interventions and management these youth are capable of change. RAMP is a 26 week, community based, specialized intervention designed to offer assistance to Juvenile Probation Officers and the Juvenile Court. Intensive, consistent, and responsive counseling/ mentoring services to at-risk youth helps minimize recidivism and promote successful outcomes while allowing youth to avoid out-of-home placement.
RAMP provides services to young males and females who have been adjudicated delinquent and are granted the opportunity to remain in the community. Upon referral, background information is reviewed and an individualized service plan is developed to most effectively address presenting criminogenic needs to assist juvenile in successfully becoming an active member of the community (become gainfully employed, and develop a positive peer group and support network).
A service plan, safety plan, and behavioral contract are developed within the first month of involvement. This is developed with the youth and family, with consultation from the assigned Juvenile Probation Officer. From the onset of involvement, discharge planning evolves. This involves clarification of specific goals that need to be accomplished, and the identification and coordination of ancillary community resources which can be accessed for additional support and opportunities (mental health clinics, employment assistance, educational resources, and pro social activities).
The Case Manager meets with each youth in the home, school, and community settings, and has regular contact (at least three hours per week) with the youth and his/her parents/guardians to monitor program compliance, goal attainment, and overall adjustment. The Case Manager makes at least two phone contacts per month to the juvenile’s school in order to check on his/her overall performance, functioning, and behavior and acts as a liaison between invested parties, and works with the youth to assist in the achievement of their goals. This will include a variety of functions including: mentoring, counseling, skill building, conflict resolution, family involvement, as well as traditional case management services.
- Consultation with referring agent and review of juvenile court records, previous evaluations, school history, and other related documents to determine appropriateness of fit.
- A safety 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 following areas: “Personality & Behavior,” “Attitudes & Orientation,” and/or “Family Circumstances/Parenting.” 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 these behaviors through the use of rewards.
- Initial assessment of functional status and risk utilizing the Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC-3) for functional & adaptability status: Externalizing Problems, Internalizing Problems, Behavioral Symptoms Index, and Adaptive Skills subscales. The BASC-3 is completed on a quarterly basis.
- Meetings between the Case Manager and each youth will occur in the home, school, or community setting and will be one hour minimum in duration. This will include meeting with the juvenile’s family. 78 contact hours will be delivered over the duration of 26 weeks.
- Mentor the Juvenile Offender in order to assist in the development of appropriate competencies including but not limited to: decision making skills, pro-social skills, academic skills, employment skills, and independent living skills.
- Measure the development of appropriate competencies through the BASC-3-functional and adaptive change.
- Youth will receive mentoring/education on social expectations. Case Managers will act as role models by demonstrating appropriate social behaviors and exchanges. Mentoring to assist in the development of age appropriate social skills.
- 24-hour on-call service. Juvenile Offenders and their families will have access to their assigned Case Manager on a 24 hour basis.
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