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Programs and Services


Individual, Family, Group Counseling – Qualified professional staff within the 36 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.


Community-based prevention services include information/referral, school outreach and support, community development, community education, service brokerage, and child and youth advocacy services. Services can consist of In Step, formerly known as the First Time Offender Program (FTOP), Anger Management, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), parenting programming, substance abuse prevention, and STD/HIV prevention.

In Step  services are provided statewide.  The program is designed for children and youth 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. Some schools implement the Botvin Life Skills Training (LST) program in selected elementary, middle, and high school districts. The LST program is a classroom-based universal prevention program designed to prevent adolescent tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use and reduce bullying behaviors. 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 prevention. Skills are taught using instruction, demonstration, feedback, reinforcement, and practice.

Community-Based Prevention Services

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