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Building Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Aftercare Model: Probation Case Management Essentials for Youth in Placement

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Patricia M. Torbet
Date Published
March 2008
38 pages
This report presents the essentials in probation case management as part of Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Aftercare model for youth in placement developed under Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Aftercare Reform initiative.
Aftercare reform focuses on a challenging group of juvenile offenders; those offenders at the far end of the juvenile justice system. Pennsylvania is engaged in a full-scale reform initiative to improve its system of aftercare supervision, services and supports. This paper describes the development of a structured and thoughtful approach for implementing the probation-related goals of the Joint Policy Statement of Pennsylvania, resulting in a model for comprehensive aftercare operating in county juvenile probation departments and in collaboration with public juvenile corrections institutions, private residential facilities and host and home school districts, in particular. It is envisioned that better probation practices, better collaboration and integrated planning between probation and its placement and school district partners, enhanced community supervision strategies, and better utilization of community resources will lead to better outcomes for youth and more effective use of limited placement dollars. This paper outlines strategies for implementing the probation-related goals of the Joint Policy Statement, which includes: investigation and assessment, disposition recommendation and referral, the "single plan" idea, the "single plan" at placement, monitoring in placement, and the "single plan" for reintegration. 10 endnotes