PA-DV 16: Aftercare and Follow-Up
Survivors and providers develop aftercare
plans that identify resources to help survivors live safely and improve their quality
of life, and follow-up occurs when possible and appropriate.
While the decision to develop an aftercare plan should be made by the survivor, unless aftercare is mandated, the agency is expected to be strongly proactive with respect to aftercare planning
An aftercare plan is developed sufficiently in advance of case closing
to ensure an orderly transition.
The survivor and provider work together to create an aftercare plan that:
- addresses the survivor’s short-term and long-term needs, preferences, and goals;
- facilitates the initiation or continuation of all needed community supports and services; and
- helps identify sources of informal and social support.
To increase the likelihood that needed supports and services will be accessed after case closing, the agency helps survivors explore suitable resources and contact service providers, when appropriate and with survivors’ permission.
The agency follows up on the aftercare plan, as appropriate, when possible, and with the permission of the survivor.