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Residential Care
Juvenile Justice (JJS) supports several residential service placements that vary by level of service intensity: intensive residential placement, intermediate residential service, general group home, foster care, shelter care and Individual Service Option (ISO) program.

Intensive Residential Placements

Demand the highest service intensity level. The staff to resident ratio is very small, school is on the premises and counseling services are provided in accordance with a resident's treatment plan. All treatment plans for all levels of service are created jointly whenever possible by the Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer (JPPO), parents and counselors (all professionals related to the course of treatment of a resident). A resident also has input into his or her treatment plan.

Intermediate Residential Services

Provide a lower service intensity level in that a youth attends school in the community but lives in the residential placement (group home) - under strict rules and procedures. Residents in this level of care earn community privileges.

General Group Homes

Provide the lowest service intensity level for youth. Residents in general group homes attend school in the community, work in the community, but still require additional structure in their lives that is met by the general group home.

Shelter Care

Provides services at the intensive care level but are intended for use not to exceed 60 days. Admission to shelter care facilities is open to both a delinquent child and a child In need of services (CHINS).

Youth Attendant Program (YAP)

Provides an alternative to secure detention for Status Offenders and/or delinquents who have committed minor delinquent offenses. These beds are to be used prior to the minor's arraignment hearing. Most YAP beds in the state of New Hampshire are located at local law enforcement agencies, though some are located at general group homes.

Individual Service Option (ISO) program

Currently operated only by Easter Seals of NH, the ISO is a program that offers structure and support in response to the fluctuating need of a youth. Services can be wrapped around a youth and his or her family while a youth remains in the family home. Services could include a combination of:

  • home-based counseling,
  • transportation (to doctors appointments, etc.); and
  • some structured weekend time.

Depending on the need, this same youth could be transitioned from the home into residential treatment for a period of time, then transitioned back into the family home, or a foster home if appropriate. The ISO is focused on the need of a child and family and can increase or decrease services according to current and changing needs.

Foster Care

Under Community Programs, foster care is a part of the ISO program. The foster parents are recruited and paid by the ISO program but trained and licensed by the Division for Children, Youth and Families. Foster Care homes under an ISO are used for youth with more intensive service needs who may not be successful in a less service intensive foster care placement.

Quality of Care

JJS certifies all residential facilities and providers to ensure compliance with the standards of certification. On-site visits are conducted to ensure on-going compliance with the standards. Such things as current treatment plans, staff to child ratios, staff training, staff credentials and interviews with residents and youth are used to ensure compliance with certification standards.

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