JJS Transition Services Overview

JJS Transition Services serves clients with high levels of social and behavioral health needs following discharge from the facilities. Transition Services follows the Intensive Aftercare Program (IAP) created by David Aschuler and provides intensive case management to the target population of the program.

Transition Services currently has 11 Transition Coordinators (TC’s) who serve the majority of the state. They are located in and cover the following counties:

  • (5) in Albuquerque covering the Metro area and surrounding counties Sandoval, Torrance, Valencia.
  • (2) in Las Cruces covering Dona Ana, Lincoln, Otero, Luna, Grant and Hildago.
  • (1) in Carlsbad covering Eddy and Lea.
  • (1) in Roswell covering Chaves, Roosevelt and Curry
  • (1) in Farmington covering San Juan and McKinley
  • (1) in Santa Fe covering Santa Fe, San Miguel, Rio Arriba and Taos.

Transition Services work with clients committed to the custody of CYFD. The target population for Transition Services are clients who may have or be: high level of mental and/or behavioral health needs which require extensive aftercare planning, age 18 years and older, pregnant and/or parenting, limited or no support system, homeless or precariously housed, and youthful offenders. Clients who meet the target population are identified at intake and assigned a Transition Coordinator at the beginning of their commitment.

Once assigned, Transition Coordinators work with clients on their transition plan. The areas plans covered are: Legal, Housing, Behavioral/Mental Health, Physical Health, Education, Employment or Vocational Training, Supportive Relationships, Life Skills, Recreation, Financial Support, Linkage to Protective Services and Basic Needs. Transition Coordinators attend the clients supervised release hearing. When clients are released, they work one-on-one with them in the community. Transition Coordinators assist with housing, resume writing, employment skills/supports, life skills, budgeting, grocery shopping and cooking, assistance in getting birth certificate and social security cards, assistance in getting ID and/or driver’s license, and access to information on sexual and reproductive health.

Clients may stay in Transition Services even if they are not on formal supervision. Clients are discharged from Transition Services for the following reasons: client turns 21 years old, client's whereabouts are unknown and last contact was over 30 days, client chooses to discharge, client is not willing or able to participate in the transition plan, and/or client is actively using illegal substances and is not willing or able to seek treatment.

For JJS Transition Services information, please contact Crystal Graham at (505) 218-3454.