Truancy Intervention Program

The Truancy Intervention Program is an intensive home, school, and community intervention program for truant and high-risk youth. This program is used to prevent further truancy, improve academic progress, improve and increase parent engagement, and increase community involvement.

Target Population: All school-age youth

Referred by: DCS or Juvenile Probation

Program Assessment

  • Identify reasons for youth’s truancy and barriers for regular school attendance
  • Identify solutions and interventions to ensure school attendance, increase the youth’s involvement in school and the community
  • Improve academic performance by:
    • Interviewing the youth and parent
    • Assessing the family and child’s needs, strengths, weaknesses and problem areas
  • Develop a comprehensive Treatment Plan to address the family and youth’s needs

Intervention

  • Provide face-to-face contact with the youth and/or family, implementing the Treatment Plan.
  • Encourage family and community involvement.
  • The Truancy Intervention Specialist will also serve as a mentor for the youth.
  • Meet with other involved adults:
    • School counselor/social worker
    • Youth’s teachers
    • Probation officer/DCS Family Case Manager
  • Provide individual therapy and family therapy as needed.
  • All youth will be drug screened at intake and randomly throughout the time in the program, with results being passed on to Probation, DCS, and parents.
  • Youth will earn incentives for participation and progress in the program.