Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JJRI)

The Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative was established as part of the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act. DSS collaborated with the Department of Corrections and the Unified Judicial System to identify and implement community based treatment services for justice involved and at-risk youth. 

JJRI Services

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

FFT is a family-based therapy that focuses on building skills to improve family relationships, reduce behavioral issues and improve school performance. The identified client is typically between the ages of 10 and 18. The FFT therapist works to engage all family members and motivate them to participate in treatment, which is generally three to five months in length. FFT therapists will meet with the family as often as necessary within the family’s home or a location of the family’s choosing. FFT is a clinical model which increases a family’s motivation to change and tailors interventions to each family’s unique risk and protective factors.

Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

ART is designed to alter behaviors of chronically aggressive youth by using guided group discussions to correct anti-social thinking. ART relies on repetitive learning techniques to teach participants to control impulsiveness and anger, and to learn coping skills for handling anger. ART is appropriate for youth between the ages of 12 and 18. It is generally 30 sessions in length and is delivered in a group setting. ART includes three interventions; social skills, anger control and moral reasoning. ART services are available in person and statewide via telehealth.

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based program combining education, group and individual activities, and structured exercises to assist participants in addressing negative thought and behavior patterns. The program promotes higher moral reasoning by increasing self-image and promoting a productive identity. MRT is appropriate for youth between the ages of 13 and 18 and is delivered in a group setting. MRT includes 12 steps which focus on issues such as honesty, trust, acceptance, healing relationships and setting goals. MRT services are available in person and statewide via telehealth.

Systems of Care (SOC) Pilot Program

SOC includes a wraparound approach to care coordination and service delivery for youth and families with complex needs.  It is built on the values of being family driven, team-based, collaborative, individualized and outcomes-based.  SOC helps families to navigate and access services, while also giving them the skills they need to become more self-reliant. 

How do I refer for services?

For youth under the supervision of the Department of Corrections or the Unified Judicial System, the assigned worker will assist with the referral process. For youth at risk, but not involved with the legal system, parents, guardians and/or schools can make referrals to the local JJRI provider who will complete an assessment with the youth and family to determine the appropriate treatment services based on the youth and family’s needs.

For more information please contact your local provider agency or the Division of Behavioral Health at 605.367.5236.

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