Goal- Expand Community-Based Alternatives: Create continuums of family-focused, neighborhood based, flexible, individualized services for high-risk youth and families in every community.

Experience and evidence show that even youth with very complex needs can be served in their communities safely and can obtain good outcomes. No one program, service or support can meet the wide array of youth and family needs. Each community must assess their needs, resources, strengths and gaps and plan and develop a thoughtful continuum of services that are appropriate to meet the needs of the highest risk youth and families.

  • Services should be accessible, coordinated, accountable, individualized, family-focused, strength-based, culturally competent, and include the youth and family in the planning of what happens to them.
  • Services should be intensive when needed, flexible, creative and be able to adapt quickly to changing needs and circumstances.
  • Services should include a for youth to give back to his or her community, so they can become contributors and not just recipients of services.

The continuum should not simply provide program slots or pre-arranged services, but be able to fashion ways to meet the treatment needs of each unique youth and family over time. The community-based continuum of care must include all sectors of the community; schools, non-profits, faith-based organizations, businesses, civic groups, and City, County and State government agencies including; Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, Public Health, Workforce Investment Boards, Education, Disability and Social Support Services, Autism, Public Housing Authorities, Law Enforcement, Violence Prevention and others.