COMMUNITY BASED ACTIVITIES

Individual, Family, Group Counseling – Qualified professional staff within the 42 member agencies provide one-on-one, family, and group counseling services.  Each Youth Services Agency has 24-hour emergency support and staff members on-call.  Supervision, training and experience prepare staff members to deal with a multitude of youth-related problems and issues.

COMMUNITYBASED PREVENTION SERVICES

Community based prevention services include information/referral services, school outreach and support services, community development; community education, service brokerage and child and youth advocacy services. Services can include: First Time Offender Program (FTOP), Anger Management, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement program (PREP), Parenting program, Substance Abuse prevention, STD/HIV prevention.

First Time Offender Program services are provided statewide.  The program is designed for juveniles who have committed a first-time misdemeanor or non-violent felony and are referred to the program by the Juvenile Services Unit, municipal courts and the Juvenile Bureaus.  The program involves juveniles and their parents in 12 hours or more of skill development classes emphasizing communication, anger management, problem solving, decision-making, values and understanding the consequences of their misconduct.

School Based Prevention Program services are provided statewide. This program uses the Botvin Life Skills Training program for Elementary, Middle and High Schools in selected school districts. The LST program is a classroom-based universal prevention program designed to prevent adolescent tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use. The program contains 15 sessions and is taught in school settings. Three major program components teach students: (1) personal self-management skills, (2) social skills, and (3) information and resistance skills specifically related to drug use. Skills are taught using instruction, demonstration, feedback, reinforcement, and practice.

COMMUNITY BASED RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

 Community based residential services meet the community youth’s needs for residential placement during periods of crisis or treatment.

Emergency Shelters–There are 32 shelter programs (including 5 host home programs) in the OAYS network.  These shelters are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are designed for youth who need temporary residential care.  Each shelter is licensed and includes daily counseling programs, education and recreation.  The youth are cared for and supervised by a qualified professional staff.

Some OAYS member agencies also operate Community Intervention Centers (CICs), foster homes, therapeutic foster homes, group homes and detention centers.