Youth participate in the development and ongoing review of service plans that are the basis for delivery of appropriate services, support, and supervision.
Interpretation: When services are provided as aftercare that follows another more intensive program, “service plans” may actually be “transition” or “reentry” plans developed before youth were released from their previous placements. However, the agency is still expected to partner with personnel at those previous placements to facilitate effective planning and ensure that the standards are implemented.
NA The agency provides less-intensive day services.
A service plan is developed in a timely manner, and expedited service planning is available when urgent risks or needs are identified.
Youth and relevant personnel are involved in developing service plans.
Interpretation: Relevant personnel can include personnel from other organizations and agencies. For example, agencies providing aftercare services should partner with staff at the youth’s previous placement to develop an appropriate plan, as referenced in the Interpretation to PA-JJD 2. Regardless of personnel involved, service planning should be conducted so that youth retain as much personal responsibility as possible and appropriate, and the agency should follow applicable state laws or regulations requiring involvement or consent of youths’ legal guardians.
During service planning the agency explains:
Interpretation: Relevant terms or conditions can include, but are not limited to: mandated program attendance, school attendance, curfews, and drug testing.
The comprehensive service plan is based on the assessment and includes:
Interpretation: Like assessments, service plans should be responsive to the age, developmental level, gender, language, culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and trauma history of youth, as well as to the characteristics of, and resources available in, the communities in which they reside.
Although COA recognizes that engaging parents or legal guardians can be difficult, agencies should still strive to involve them to the extent possible and appropriate, and must follow any applicable laws or regulations requiring their involvement. See PA-JJD 5 for further information and guidance regarding family participation.
Note: Behavior support and management strategies and interventions should be addressed a behavior support plan that may be part of the service plan, as referenced in PA-BSM 2.06.
Family members are involved in service planning and case conferences, and advised of ongoing progress.
Note: See the Interpretation to PA-JJD 2.04.
Personnel and youth regularly review progress toward achievement of goals, and sign revisions to goals and plans.
A worker and a supervisor, or a team of relevant personnel, review the case quarterly to assess:
Interpretation: Timeframes for review can be adjusted depending upon youths’ risks and needs, and the anticipated duration of service. Experienced workers may conduct reviews of their own cases. In such cases, their supervisors should review a sample of their evaluations.