Once the Family Court orders the placement of a youth with Close to Home, ACS begins the process of evaluating the needs of the youth. ACS gathers information about the youth from different sources, speaks with the youth and the family, and matches the youth to the NSP or LSP provider that can best meet the youth’s needs.
After a decision regarding the residential provider is made, ACS holds a meeting with the youth, the family, the Close to Home provider, and the ACS Placement and Permanency Specialist (PPS) assigned to the youth to discuss the placement decision and address any questions.
The decision on the length of stay in residential placement is made based on the needs of the individual youth. Generally, young people remain in residential care for an average of 6 to 7 months. The PPS works with the youth throughout the placement and aftercare periods, as well as the Close to Home provider, family members, community-based programs, and school, to help the youth stay on track.
ACS begins to plan for the youth’s release to the community as soon as he or she is placed in Close to Home. The PPS worker outlines the treatment goals for the youth, identifies service needs, addresses barriers to release, and works with the aftercare provider to make sure that all the necessary services are in place in the community before the youth is released from the group home.
The PPS regularly assesses the youth’s progress and connects the youth and the family to additional services as needed throughout placement. The PPS collaborates with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) in order to determine the academic needs of a youth to transition him/her to a community school upon release.
ACS contracts with non-profit agencies to provide aftercare services. Youth who have completed their residential stay transition back into the community to receive intensive aftercare support and supervision for an average of four to six months.
During aftercare, providers focus on family engagement and home-based services to help the youth and the family adjust to the transition. The PPS worker will continue to monitor the youth’s progress in the community to make sure the youth is receiving all the necessary services.
Aftercare services may include:
The following are our contracted aftercare providers:
ACS may petition the Family Court to extend the placement if the youth is still in need of continued supervision at the end of their Close to Home placement.
ACS would consider extending a placement only if the youth is in need of continued support despite efforts to work with the youth over the course of many months. ACS works with the aftercare provider, DOE staff, the family, and the youth in considering an extension of placement.