Transition Services

Annually, approximately 300 youth transition from either juvenile correctional facilities or age out of foster care within the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD). In spring 2007, CYFD developed the Transition Services program to provide services to JJS-involved youth and their families during the commitment period and through parole and transition into the community. In September 2008, CYFD merged the Protective Services Independent Living Program serving youth aging out of foster care with the Transition Services program. Together, these merged programs provide intensive care coordination and support to CYFD-involved transitioning youth. Improving these transitions is expected to result in improvement in employment, education, life skills, housing and social functioning.

The Transition Services program consists of one General Manager, two Transition Services Managers, and 18 Transition Services Coordinators (TSCs). TSCs are located statewide and cover geographic regions of the state. Eight TSCs serve transitioning youth aging out of foster care and ten TSCs serve transitioning youth exiting JJS facilities.

For youth exiting juvenile correctional facilities, TSCs provide case management and linkage to community-based resources for transitioning youth across multiple domains. TSCs support linkage to community-based services, development of recovery-oriented transition planning, and participation in the wraparound approach to care. Transition plans are reflective of the appropriate level of care and recommended service array based upon the youth’s behavioral health and/or functional needs. TSCs also assess the need for and request funding for additional services and supports through various funding streams for successful completion of the transition plan.

TSCs serving youth transitioning from Protective Services complete Ansell Casey Life Skills assessments, psycho-social assessments, and child protective services to adult protective services screening tool. Additionally, they facilitate group and individual Life Skills classes or tutorials. TSCs manage youth linkage to Start-Up funds, as well as Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds to support youth in pursuing their educational goals. TSCs also provide support and encouragement with youth advocacy and leadership development activities.