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.
Target Population: All school-age youth
Referred by: DCS or Juvenile Probation
- Identify reasons for youth’s truancy and barriers for 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/social worker
- Youth’s teachers
- Probation officer/DCS Family Case Manager
- Provide individual therapy and 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 the program.