Community Services provides case management and community supervision for youth, and their families, when a youth is court-ordered to receive pre-trial or post-adjudicatory supervision by DYRS. The goal of supervision is to promote positive outcomes for youth and families through appropriate interventions and treatment which reduces youth risk to re-offend and increased community safety.
Community Services is committed to providing a responsive supervision continuum through which youth are assigned to appropriate supervision options based on their risk to re-offend and connected to services, supports and programs which address the needs that contribute to engagement in delinquency, promote youth success and reduce recidivism.
Use of the Positive Achievement Change Tool® (PACT) is the cornerstone of our process to provide effective and appropriate services and supervision support to youth. The PACT is an evidence-based risk, needs and strengths assessment instrument which assists DYRS in accomplishing the following objectives:
- Determining a youth’s level of risk for re-offending in order to target resources to youth with higher risk to re-offend.
- Identifying the risk and protective factors linked to delinquent behavior so that case planning and interventions can be tailored to address the youth’s unique assessment profile.
- Developing a responsive approach to supervision and case management that is focused on reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.
- Allowing case managers to determine if targeted factors change as a result of chosen interventions.
- Promoting positive outcomes for youth, families and the community by increasing youth functioning, addressing needs and reducing risk of re-offense.
The Community Services continuum of case management and supervision options includes the following options:
- Group supervision through a skills-based curriculum offered by the YMCA’s Back-on-Track program. This group supervision option includes connection to other services which address youth needs and participation in a community service project. Back-on-Track is appropriate for first-time offenders with a low-risk to re-offend.
- Individualized case management and supervision through community-based providers. This level of support includes a group curriculum aimed at developing pro-social skills, case planning which addresses each youth’s individual needs, family engagement and connection to community-based supports, services and programs which address needs. These services are provided by Wraparound Delaware in New Castle County and the Community Supervision Resource Connection program in Kent and Sussex Counties. This level of support and supervision is appropriate for youth with low to moderate risk to re-offend who need individualized case planning.
- Supervision by a DYRS Probation Officer is the most appropriate option for youth with moderate-high to high risk to re-offend, youth who have previously been served through one of our options for lower risk youth and youth on aftercare supervision. This supervision option is designed to be flexible and responsive to provide service intensity based on risk and compliance through the use of appropriate interventions, graduated sanctions and appropriate treatment. Youth may be referred or court-ordered to participate in both community-based and contracted services which are chosen to address current needs and functioning and are aimed at providing youth and families with an opportunity to develop new skills. DYRS utilizes contracted providers serve youth through the use of evidence-based and best practices whenever possible and available.
- Residential services are used to provide appropriate rehabilitative treatment to youth with the highest risk to re-offend or those with needs which require support offered through a residential treatment model. Community Services contracts with a variety of residential programs which provide unique supports to youth who require specialized programming not offered in our DYRS Secure Care programs.
- DYRS Community Services has developed a unit to work with youth who have demonstrated Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors. The individuals in this unit have undergone significant training to understand adolescent inappropriate sexual behavior. The unit takes a victim centered approach. This unit utilizes empirically based assessment tools to evaluate the level of risk the youth presents for re-offending, their individual risk factors, and their protective factors. This allows for the following to occur:
- Accurate assessment of risk and risk factors.
- Accurately identifies protective factors that will increase outcomes.
- Identifying the appropriate level of services to address the risk factors for re-offending.
- Allows for the development of safety plans and relapse prevention plans based on targeted risk factors.
- Improves outcomes by matching appropriate services to risk factors, which promotes positive outcomes.
- Improves family outcomes by providing services directly related to a specific family’s needs.
- The Adjunct Services Unit provides support services to Community Services for youth with a high risk to re-offend, Gun Court clients, and other youth as needed. The officers in this unit are required to complete the Department of Corrections Training Academy – all officers are armed and have arrest and search and seizure authority. The following list outlines the services that are provided:
- Apprehension of youth that have absconded from probation supervision or have active capiases/warrants.
- Face to Face Curfew Checks.
- Transportation/Extradition of youth.
- Escorting for Probation Officers.
- Installation, monitoring, and data management of GPS electronic monitoring.
The unit frequently partners with police agencies and special Task Force initiatives. They also assist police and DFS counterparts in locating Missing Children, whose whereabouts are unknown, but are receiving services from the Department.
The unit also has the responsibility of supervising incoming interstate compact cases for clients that are over age 18 as other states may have authority to order juvenile probation services up to the age of 21.
The unit is headed by a Senior Probation and Parole Officer Supervisor and has seven Senior Probation and Parole Officers (five located in New Castle County and two located in Kent/Sussex counties), as well as three GPS assistants. The unit has two office locations:
New Castle County
119 Lower Beech Street – 3rd Floor
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
821 Silver Lake Blvd - Suite 101
Community Services Probation Office Locations
New Castle County Family Court
Kent Community Services
Appoquinimink State Service Center
Rosehill Community Center
Milford State Service Center @ Riverwalk
Hudson State Service Center
Claymont Community Center
Thurman Adams State Service Center
Community Services Contact Information
Mailing Address: 1825 Faulkland Road, Wilmington, DE 19805
Chief of Community Services: Lisa DiStefano