YAP began providing services in New Jersey in 1978. The Division of Youth and Families Services (DYFS) in Camden County initiated the first contract with YAP to reduce the number of young people in residential placements and to expand the continuum of community-based care available for high-risk children and their families in their county.
YAP ADULT PROGRAMS
Intensive Supervision and Adult Re-Entry
YAP Adult Services offers Intensive Supervision Programs as a condition of probation and Re-Entry Programs as a condition of parole. Both offer intensive in-home, in-community support that both holds offenders accountable and safely meets their rehabilitative needs within the community.
We believe the reason for the program’s success is captured in the design below:
Thorough Planning: If we are working with offenders preparing for re-entry, we meet with them a month or two in advance of their release to begin the planning process. When the individual is on probation, we can meet with them at the courthouse, prior to their hearing, or even afterward, within 48 hours of referral.
YAP explores a number of key life domains that are critical to successful reintegration or safe integration within the community, such as Housing, Employment, Family and Social Connections, and Health, to ensure a stable living situation, set up appointments and interviews, and prepare families emotionally and financially for the transition home. We also explore safety issues in great detail, developing a comprehensive plan to help ensure both community and participant safety.
Individualized Case Management: Based on what is learned in our planning process, we develop an individualized plan with each individual. Our Life Coaches work with them to achieve the goals in their plan, ensuring compliance with any probation or parole mandates, and helping to support those core life domains referenced above. Most importantly, they are available 24/7.
Community Collaboration: YAP engages local resources to help meet the needs of each individual, such as police, mental health agencies, faith-based organizations, job training, etc.
Giving Back: We have found through our pilot project that giving back both provides individuals with a sense of pride and helps to build pro-social connections and a sense of community accountability.
YAP provides supported work opportunities for our adult population. For those who have few marketable skills or are unable to work independently, YAP offers the supported work program. The program provides opportunities to build skills and experience in the workplace with the support and supervision of Advocate staff.
JUSTICE SYSTEM INFORMATION
YAP's programming for adult offenders is based on the same wraparound-advocacy model that has proven effective in providing alternatives to incarceration and detention for nearly 40 years, with additional attention on the unique needs of an adult population. Whether the needs are as basic as stable housing and employment, or more nuanced to include mental health or parenting, YAP Adult Services is able to develop an individualized plan for each person referred that helps promote safety and reduce recidivism through intensive short-term support and supervision.