Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $300,000)
Northeast Council of Governments is requesting funding to implement the "At-Risk Juvenile Tracking Project". The program focuses on the implementation of an integrated technologically advanced assessment system for at-risk youth to reduce duplication of services. The absence of such a system leads to duplication of services which is a hindrance to the progress made by at-risk youth in our communities.
The goals of this project can be achieved through the use of Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) assessment tool. Under the system, a form is used to determine which services would best serve the needs of at-risk youths. The forms are to be filled out by professional persons such as social service providers. Several area social service organizations will be involved as partners in the project. In order for assessments to be done properly and effectively, several training sessions are needed. To close the communication gap between providers, quarterly communication meetings are also needed. All of the partners will be invited to attend both the training and communication meetings.
The scope of this program covers 13 counties in northeast South Dakota. All efforts
supported by this funding will be applied in the communities and areas in the 13 counties.