§ 950-1-6-.07. Juvenile Services
(1) The facility has clearly defined written policies, Procedures, and practices governing Admission.
(2) The facility records information on each juvenile being admitted, that includes at a minimum:
(c) date of birth
(e) race or ethnic origin
(f) social security number
(g) reason for referral
(h) whom to notify in case of emergency
(i) date information is gathered
(j) name of referring Agency and the person with primary planning responsibility
(k) educational/school history
(l) social history, where available
(m) special medical needs
(n) legal status
(o) signature of Youth and person gathering information
(3) The facility advises the person or Agency making a referral when a prospective juvenile is not accepted into the Program, stating specific reasons.
(4) At the time of Admission, facility staff discuss Program goals, services available, rules governing conduct, Program rules, emergency and medical procedures, and possible disciplinary actions with the juvenile. This is documented by employee and juvenile signature. Orientation is provided in a language understood by the juvenile.
(5) The facility administrator or designee receives appropriate information on each juvenile being considered for Admission to the Program.
(6) The Facility does not discriminate on Admission on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or disability.
(7) The Facility provides that a quarterly progress report is made available to the parent/legal guardian and referral source of each juvenile.
(8) The Facility provides or makes arrangements for the provision of the following services:
(a) educational/vocational programs
(b) individual and group Counseling activities
(c) appropriate recreation and leisure activities
(d) consistent family contact
(e) food service
(f) assistance with transportation
(g) medical health services
(h) mental health services
(i) employment Counseling and placement (when appropriate)
(9) Section B - CLASSIFICATION
(a) Program staff design and complete the juvenile's Individual Service Plan within the first twenty-one days of Admission. The plan is documented with staff and juvenile signatures and is shared with the juvenile's parents as soon as possible.
(b) Juveniles are provided with an opportunity to have input into planning, problem solving, and decision making related to their participation in the Program.
(c) The juvenile's progress in the Program is reviewed either through staff meetings or by individual staff monthly. The review is documented in writing.
(d) The community residential program systematically and periodically identifies the needs of its residents by review of the case files, staff meetings, and through group meetings with juveniles.
(e) Prior to release, a progress report is made available to the Agency with primary planning responsibility. The report includes a current and complete history of the juvenile's activities in the Facility and a proposed release plan.
(10) Section C - SOCIAL SERVICES
(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice provide for a social service program that makes available a range of resources appropriate to the needs of its residents.
(b) The Facility provides that each resident is assigned a Facility staff member who meets with and counsels that resident.
(c) The Facility maintains and periodically updates an inventory and evaluation of community agencies that can provide services to its residents.
(11) Section D - EDUCATION/VOCATION
(a) There is a designated staff member who coordinates the juvenile's enrollment and attendance at educational, vocational, and work Programs.
(b) Special education programs are available to meet the needs of special education students as defined in public law.
(c) The Facility only enrolls residents in educational, vocational, and Training programs whose credits, certificates, and diplomas are transferable following release.
(d) Juvenile work programs do not interfere with educational and treatment programs.
(e) Juveniles employed outside the Program either full-time or part-time comply with legal and wage and hour guidelines.
(12) Section E - RECREATION
(a) The Facility provides for indoor and outdoor recreational and leisure time needs for juveniles. Juveniles should be encouraged to be physically active and receive at least one hour of planned recreation (excluding school physical fitness) on weekdays and two hours on weekends and school holidays.
(b) The residential Facility staff seek the cooperation of various community groups offering recreational activities that benefit juveniles.
(13) Section F - RELIGION
(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice provide that juveniles have the opportunity to participate in the practice of their religious faith.
(14) Section G - MAIL, TELEPHONE, VISITING
(a) The Facility makes provisions that indigent juveniles receive a specified postage allowance to maintain community ties.
(b) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice defines the juveniles' access to publications in the Facility.
(c) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice provide that juveniles' mail, both incoming and outgoing, may be opened and inspected for contraband. When based on legitimate Facility interests of order and security, mail may be read or rejected. The juvenile is notified when incoming mail is returned or outgoing mail is withheld.
(d) The Facility provides for the forwarding of first-class letters and packages after transfer or release.
(e) Juveniles shall have access to a telephone to initiate and receive personal calls.
(f) Written, Policy, Procedure, and practice provide that juveniles receive approved visitors during normal visiting hours, except when there is substantial evidence that a visitor poses a threat to the safety of the juvenile or the security of the Program.
(g) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice provides for special visits in the event of an emergency or circumstances which require special visitation needs.
(15) Section H - RELEASE
(a) Written review of performance is used in planning for release and is placed in the juvenile's file.
(b) Each juvenile should be given gradual increased responsibility in the community prior to release.
(c) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice provide whenever possible, opportunities for involvement with family and participation in community activities before final release.
(d) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice provide that whenever possible, staff members counsel the parent(s)/guardian in preparation for the resident's return to their home; provision is made for trial visits before such decisions are made.(New Rule: Filed December 17, 2004; effective January 21, 2005. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)
Author: Alabama Department of Youth Services, Office of Licensing and Standards
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 44-1-27(a)(b); 44-1-24(4) (6), 38-13-4.
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