In 2018, Hope Hill decided to start an initiative called Finding Hope that will provide community based services to adolescents who are at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system. The initiative's delinquency prevention efforts seek to redirect adolescents who are considered discernibly at-risk for delinquency or who have committed a low level offense from further involvement in the system. Programming goals support families staying together and youth remaining in the community. To meet family needs, staff provides these services in the home, community and schools. Referrals from this program come from SB200 established FAIR Teams or Court Designated Workers.
To significantly reduce the rate of official delinquency of participating juveniles as compared to juveniles formally processed in the system by strengthening youth’s attachment to family and other pro-social activities and individuals.
To safeguard against the negative impact of life stressors while also preventing engagement in risky behavior.
To reduce risk factors that lead to further trauma, placement in out-of-home care, poor coping skills, cognitive factors, educational challenges, and low levels of social supports.
To increase the youth’s access to resources in the community.
In addition to groups, staff can meet individually with youth, parents and/or families to develop and work on goals to address poor behaviors, unhealthy choices, skill building, and court orders specific to families remaining intact. Some additional goals youth will work on are better handling strong emotions such as anger, regularly attending school to improve grades, and finding positive extracurricular activities. Parenting support comes in the form of staff facilitating family interactions with younger youth. Hope Hill staff will also assist caregivers with developing the skills to parent with developmentally appropriate interventions.
Youth who develop caring relationships with supportive adults and peers do better in school, in their communities, and at home. Community groups provide time and resources for youth to explore their social and emotional growth and development. Groups provide a safe environment that promotes positive relationships and a culture focusing on topics such as bullying, substance use, influence, aggression, coping strategies, moral reasoning, and social skill development.
Hope Hill seeks to engage families in the prevention program by establishing a collaborative relationship in which the families are a part of the adolescent’s treatment. Hope Hill will provide monthly group meetings. These meetings will include skill-building courses for parents/caregivers, followed by a joint parent-youth session, where parents are able to exhibit the skills they learned in their training. Hope Hill will also encourage and facilitate two-way communication and information sharing between family members, the Hope Hill case manager, and the court designated worker. Families will be provided with information about court processes, expectations of their child, and programmatic activities.
Comprehensive Mental Health and Substance Use Assessment and Re-Assessment
Individual and Family Counseling
Parent Education and Skills Development
Life Skills Education
Comprehensive Case Management Services
24/7 Staff availability for crisis intervention
The target population for the initiative is adolescents 10-14 with behaviors that place them at-risk of entering or re-entering the juvenile justice system. The families/primary caregivers and, where appropriate, any significant adult/mentor will also be provided services. The target population does not exclude individuals from participation because of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, literacy, disability or language.