(Violation Initiative Program) / Aftercare
Violation Initiative Program/Aftercare (VIP®) is a pro-active case management system that increases the efficacy of residential services, and shortens length of stay, by: keeping delinquent youth and residential program staff focused on the behaviors which brought the youth into the system; the evolving realities of the family and home community; the creation of a realistic continuing care plan; and supervising and supporting the youth’s transition to the community. VIP® derives from our understanding that as a system we spend tens of thousands of dollars on residential care, but tend not to maximize that investment’s benefit by planning for and supporting delinquent youths’ return to their community. By shortening the length of stay in residential settings, VIP® frees up resources to concentrate on supervising and supporting positive and productive behavior in the community.
VIP® uses the same methodology and operating principles as STOPP®, and targets chronic non-compliant juvenile delinquents who are at high risk of re-offending and/or being detained and placed for not following probation conditions. VIP® can also function as an alternative to placement and can include electronic monitoring if so desired. VIP® uses close supervision of youth, detailed behavioral contracts, building positive parenting skills in the home and helping identify and access positive community resources. We resolve the power struggles that pit youth against those working to help them, develop youth’s anger management skills and reward positive change. VIP® usually last from 3-6 months.
Case managers are responsible for coordinating the development of a continuing care plan. The youth meet their family resource specialist while still in the residential program. This person also serves as a resource to monitor home visits. This helps assure that passes are an integral part of the treatment process, not a vacation from placement.
When a youth returns to their home community, the resource specialist supports and supervises the implementation of the continuing care plan, and the behavioral contract, with the explicit goal of keeping the youngster in the community. During the critical re-entry phase the FRS is be proactively involved with every aspect of the youth’s life, family school, work, and “leisure time” activities. By virtue of close contact with the youth, the FRS is able to quickly identify and intervene if negative behavior begins. Youth, and their families, can easily get frustrated and give up when confronted with some of the practical logistics of everyday life.
JusticeWorks will provide a progress note for any services provided with a description of the contact, content and time spent for the service with clearly defined purpose as per JPO request.