The organization and youth work together to plan for transition and prepare for life after confinement.
Interpretation: Although “Planning for Reentry” is a specific core concept standard, it is important to note that reentry preparation should not actually be an entirely separate practice. In contrast, the treatment and services provided throughout confinement should be designed to help youth avoid lives of crime and become productive members of society.
NA The organization provides only detention services.
To ensure an orderly transition, reentry planning begins soon after youth arrive at the facility.
Youth, their family members, and relevant personnel are involved in developing plans for transition and aftercare.
Interpretation: Relevant personnel can include personnel from outside organizations and agencies. If another party, such as an aftercare case manager, is primarily responsible for providing aftercare, he or she should be involved in the planning process as soon as possible and may play a role in implementing the practices noted in this section. However, the organization is still expected to partner with that party to facilitate effective planning and ensure that the standards are implemented, as referenced in JJC 5.07.
Interpretation: Like assessments and service plans, aftercare plans should be responsive to the age, developmental level, gender, language, religion, race, ethnicity, cultural background, and sexual orientation of youth, as well as to the characteristics of the communities in which youth will reside after release.
Interpretation: Post-confinement living arrangements may vary based on a youth’s age, developmental level, and family situation. Although youth will often return to their families, the organization should have a system in place to ensure this is safe and appropriate. To facilitate a more gradual transition, some organizations may transfer youth to less-restrictive residential facilities, such as group homes, before they transition to longer-term living arrangements.
The organization works with resources, services, and supports specified in the aftercare plan to:
The organization provides youth with advance notice of the cessation of any health, financial, or other benefits that may occur at release, and:
Youth are helped to obtain and compile any documents they may need after release, including, as appropriate to youths’ ages and needs: