The Truancy Intervention Program is an intensive home, school, and community intervention program for truant and high-risk youth. This program is used to prevent further truancy, improve academic progress, improve and increase parent engagement and increase community involvement.
This is a Home Based Service.
- Target Population: All school age youth
- Referred by DCS or Juvenile Probation
- Identify reasons for youth’s truancy and barriers to regular school attendance
- Identify solutions and interventions to ensure school attendance, increase the youth’s involvement in school and the community
- Improve academic performance by interviewing the youth and parent assessing the family and child’s needs, strengths, weaknesses, and problem areas.
- Develop a comprehensive Treatment Plan to address the family and youth’s needs
- Provide face-to-face contact with the youth and/or family, implementing the treatment plan
- Encourage family and community involvement
- The Truancy Intervention Specialist will also serve as a mentor for the youth
- Meet with other involved adults:
- School counselor or social worker
- Youth’s teachers
- Probation officer or DCS family case manager
- Provide individual therapy and/or family therapy as needed
- All youth will be drug screened at intake and randomly throughout the time in the program, with results being passed on to Probation, DCS, and parents
- Youth will earn incentives for participation and progress in program