South Carolina

Utilizing funds from the Governor’s Office, South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (SC DJJ) created the “Leading with Effective Alternatives to Placement” (LEAP) project, which will include implementation of eight community-based, evidence-based programs (EBPs) in four regions of the state. The funds come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. These programs will serve as alternatives to incarceration for high-risk youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families. This evidence-based initiative will begin in the fall of 2021 and continue for up to five years, utilizing local provider agencies and a broad range of national technical assistance and supports. Establishing enhanced and comprehensive community-based services is essential to increase the number of South Carolina's youth that are in school, living at home, and staying out of trouble.

Below are the models currently in use in the Juvenile Justice Reform project in the state of South Carolina.

Functional Family Therapy

Description

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a family focused intervention for at-risk and juvenile justice involved youth.

Age & Delivery

  • 10-18 years old
  • Typically conducted in a(n): Adoptive Home, Birth Family Home, Foster Home, and Outpatient Clinic.

Inclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth and their families whose range of problems include but are not limited to:

  • acting out
  • conduct disorder
  • alcohol and/or substance abuse
  • limited access to resources
  • a range of diagnose

Exclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth who is

  • actively suicidal
  • actively homicidal
  • actively psychotic without medication stabilization

Youth in respite or emergency care

Youth who will not be returning home within 30 days

Youth not living with permanent/long-term caregiver

Treatment Duration/Rate

Families participate in a series of sessions over a 3-5 month treatment period.

Multisystemic Therapy

Description

MultisystemicTherapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders.

Age & Delivery

  •         12-17 years old
  •         Typically conducted in a(n): Adoptive Home, Birth Family Home, Foster Home,  and Outpatient Clinic. Telehealth sessions could be an option for extreme circumstances.

Inclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth and their families whose range of problems include but are not limited to:

  •         acting out
  •         conduct disorder
  •         alcohol and/or substance abuse
  •         limited access to community resources
  •         a range of diagnose
  •         Pre- Dispositional Risk Assessment (PDRA) 2 or higher

Exclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth who is

  •         actively suicidal
  •         actively homicidal
  •         actively psychotic without medication stabilization
  •         Pre- Dispositional Risk Assessment (PDRA) below a 2
  •         Youth in respite or emergency care
  •         Youth who will not be returning home within 30 days
  •         Youth not living with permanent/long-term caregiver

Treatment Duration/Method

Families participate in 3 to 4 sessions per week over a 2 to 5 months treatment period

Average hours of therapy is 60

Following a competitive process, the SC DJJ selected Evidence-Based Associates (EBA) to manage the implementation of eight community-based, evidence-based programs (EBPs) in four regions of the state. EBA’s leadership team, led by Nicole Janer, EBA’s Director of Operations, will provide the oversight, technical support, and coordination of the multi-year initiative.

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