Whole Person Care - Los Angeles (WPC-LA)

Juvenile Aftercare/”Juvi to Jobs”

Overview:
The Juvenile Aftercare Program aims to provide care coordination services to youth who are released from LA County Juvenile Detention facilities to the community.  We have an opportunity to support individuals during this high-risk transitional period.  The program will identify individuals in juvenile correctional facilities, assess their needs through a comprehensive assessment, develop a post-release care plan that involves the participants, family/guardian, and make a warm hand-off to the aftercare team and family/guardian.  At the point of release, we will facilitate Medi-Cal re-instatement and provide the participant a 30-day supply of medications, a copy of the post-release care plan, transportation home, and plan to connect with the aftercare team.  The aftercare team will engage the participant and work with the participant to complete the post-release care plan and navigate them to resources for a period of 6 months.  A quarter of these individuals will be eligible for 6 additional months of care management support.

As part of the Juvenile Aftercare Program, we will connect juvenile justice-involved individuals to a jobs program “Juvi-to-Jobs.”   The “Juvi-to-Jobs” program will serve five (5) individual per month for a total of 60 individuals per year.  We will work to establish a program-led pathway to identify candidates for this program.  Youth will receive clinical support, life skills support and education programming to prepare for one of three health focused professions – Community Health Worker track, Medical Assistant track, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

 

Inclusion Criteria:

An LA County resident who is Medi-Cal eligible and evaluated in a juvenile hall or camp to meet any of the following criteria:

  • Recent and/or recurrent acute care utilization (e.g., emergency department visits or hospitalization for medical or psychiatric issues) either before incarceration of while incarcerated
  • Any chronic medical or behavioral health (e.g.,  mental health or substance use disorder) condition
  • Serious mental illness (especially those on psychotropic medications)
  • Substance use disorders (especially candidates for medication-assisted treatment or those with co-morbid mental health or chronic medical issues
  • History of involvement with the foster care system, or any history of family-related trauma experienced in or outside of the dependency or delinquency systems
  • Pregnancy

Services Provided:

Peer support, outreach and engagement;
Motivational interviewing;
Linkage and accompaniment to SUD services (from withdrawal management services to community residential treatment or outpatient services);
Linkage and accompaniment to appointments with physical health and mental health and SUD providers;
Crisis intervention;
Transportation;
Benefits enrollment;
Assistance with life skills;
Educational and vocational support;
Legal support; and
Navigation to permanent housing.

Length of Stay:

The average length of stay for the Juvenile Aftercare program is 6 months.