§ 950-1-3-.08. Assessment And Individual Treatment Plan
(1) The Treatment Provider shall conduct an assessment of the youth with illegal sexual behavior problems during the initial stage of treatment. The intake assessment should ordinarily take ten (10) days from the initial contact with the client and it shall be completed in no longer than twenty-one (21) days. The initial comprehensive assessment shall include but is not limited to a comprehensive developmental history with a parent, legal guardian, or relative who has knowledge of the Juvenile's history, a comprehensive sexual history from multiple data sources including self-report, medical history, family history, social history, educational history, employment history, psychiatric/psychological history, alcohol/drug history, delinquency history to include both sexual and non-sexual activities, review of collateral data as described under rule 950-1-3-.07, a critical professional opinion/evaluation of the above information with implications for treatment.
(a) In order to effectively treat youth with illegal sexual behavior problems it is imperative that a thorough assessment is done to determine the environmental as well as the behavioral, intellectual, and psychosocial factors that may be contributing to the offending behaviors. The initial assessment should be completed with the understanding that assessment is an on-going process and will continue throughout the treatment process. Every reasonable effort should be made to interview parents, legal guardians or relatives as a part of assessment interviewing. If inclusion is not possible the reason(s) should be documented. Relevant, ancillary testing is strongly recommended in conjunction with the psychosocial assessment. These rules are not intended to supersede other mandated timetables or other requirements the provider is required to uphold by other entities.
(2) An individualized treatment plan for youth with illegal sexual behavior problems shall be developed within seven (7) days of completion of the initial intake assessment. The treatment plan shall be monitored and reviewed every thirty (30) days by the provider(s) working with the Juvenile. This plan shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) Relevant aspects of the initial assessment;
(b) A statement of the specific strengths, needs and limitations of the Juvenile;
(c) A description of the intermediate and long range goals with a projected timetable for their attainment;
(d) A statement and explanation of the approaches and methods to be used;
(e) A statement of the least restrictive setting and surveillance/monitoring necessary to achieve these goals with care given to ensuring the rights of the Juvenile and the safety of the community-at-large;
(f) A specification of the professionals and other staff members who are responsible for assisting in the attainment of goals;
(g) A notation of any therapeutic tasks to be required of the Juvenile;
(h) A description of any rights or restrictions as determined by the Juvenile's treatment team and/or therapist;
(i) Criteria for discharge either to a less restrictive setting or from treatment with a projected date for completion of the program.
(3) A therapeutic treatment regimen should take into consideration all aspects of the Juvenile's capabilities including strengths and needs. The treatment regimen should be applicable relative to the Juvenile's development. This determination should be made based on the initial and on-going assessment of the Juvenile in order to provide appropriate and effective intervention. The treatment plan should be relevant, specific, and within the context of the least restrictive setting. However, the treatment plan should demonstrate that consideration was given to the rights of the Juvenile as well as the safety of the youth's victim(s) as well as the community-at-large. The plan shall be developed, implemented, and monitored by qualified professionals and appropriate staff members.(New Rule: August 16, 2002; effective September 20, 2002. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)
Author: Department of Youth Services
Statutory Authority: Title 44; Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 15-20-1 through 15-20-36; §§ 13A-6-60 through 13A-6-111.
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