A wide-range of out-of-home treatment options are available for youth in the custody of DJS who require specific treatment services. These programs range from less restrictive settings like a foster care home to more restrictive settings like a placement in a secure juvenile treatment facility.
DJS has developed a placement process whereby youth committed to the custody of DJS are evaluated and recommendations are made for the most appropriate treatment program. The placement process begins with a staffing meeting. This meeting brings together the youth's DJS case manager, the case manager supervisor, and resource coordinator. Parents or caregivers are invited to attend the meeting as well. The staffing meeting entails a review of the youth's current offense, prior offenses, Social History Investigation and Report, the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment and Service Planning risk assessment score, educational records, clinical assessments, and whether any other state agency is involved with the youth.
The result of the staffing meeting is a list of recommendations for appropriate programs and services that would best suit the youth's individual needs. DJS then refers the youth's case to the recommended programs for consideration. Programs may accept or reject a youth based on program eligibility criteria and capacity. Once a youth is accepted, services must be authorized by DJS prior to the youth's placement.
Less restrictive programs are designed for youth require specialized services but do not pose significant risks to themselves or the community.
More restrictive programs focus on providing intensive services to youth whose risk levels require secure confinement in a facility.
The Family First Preventative Services Act (FFPSA), effective October 1, 2019, now requires that group home placements meet certain requirements to qualify for Title IV-E reimbursement. These placements will be known as a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP).
For more information regarding the QRTP placement process for the courts please read the Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) Court Process.
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