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Expansion of Delaware''s Youth Offender Re-Entry and Family Strengthening services - Comprehensive Aftercare Program (CAP) and Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST).

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $473,444)

The Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & Families (DDSCYF) will implement the 'Expansion of Delaware's Youth Offender Re-Entry and Family Strengthening Services - Comprehensive Aftercare Program (CAP) and Multi-Systemtic Therapy (MST)' programs. DDSCYF, will enhance and expand current reentry services in order to facilitate juvenile offenders' successful transition to their families and communities following confinement in a residential facility. The Delaware's Comprehensive Aftercare Program (CAP) program which is a specialized unit of probation officers responsible for the supervision of aftercare youth. CAP's goal is to provide transitional planning, close supervision and increased support services to the youth.

Supporting efforts to ensure public safety and reduce victimization by helping offenders become productive members of society, while providing hard and soft skills training, education, treatment and careful monitoring, will impact the recidivism rates. The Family Strengthening component will implement cognitive behavioral family treatment in the form of Multi-Systemtic Therapy (MST). MST targets youth ages 12 ' 17 with problem behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use, dysfunctional family functioning, and aggressive and violent behavior. Performance measures under CAP are 60% of the youth receiving services will not re-offend to any degree, 90% will not re-offend at the felony level and 95% will receive a minimum of four pre-release services while in a facility; under MST 80% of the youth will remain in the program without absconding, 65% will complete the MST program and at least 70% of the youth will demonstrate positive involvement in educational or employment. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 10, 2007