Juvenile Probation began a separate Aftercare Unit in August 2007. The strategies implemented within the Aftercare Unit are based on the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change. The duties of an Aftercare Probation Officer begin at the disposition, when placement outside the home is longer than 120 days. Aftercare supervision continues until the termination of the case from the juvenile system. An Aftercare plan addresses the treatment needs of the individual youth. The plan is based on building strengths and acquiring skills for the youth while tapping into behavioral health services, educational options and family supports. A smooth re-entry into the offender’s home and community is essential after placement to ensure the best outcome for the youth.
Aftercare Probation Officer caseload size varies between 18 and 25 youth, both in placement and at home, following placement. Franklin County Aftercare Officers are assigned to specific residential facilities thus becoming an expert on the facilities acceptance criteria and treatment modalities. This assists officers in placing the youth in the most appropriate facilities to address their individual needs (Responsivity Factors). The officers make, at a minimum, monthly visits to each facility and meet with the staff and youth to address treatment issues as well as youth and family concerns. Following these monthly visits contacts are made with the family to update them on the child’s progress. Prior to release from any placement the Aftercare Officer completes an Aftercare Treatment Release Plan. This plan addresses all the needs each youth has and puts the services in place to assist the youth and family in a successful return home. All aftercare planning incorporates evidence based principles and addresses competency development, accountability, and community protection.