Advocates are mandated reporters meaning that they

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advocate may be part of a monitoring process. Advocates are mandated reporters meaning that they must make sure that clients know that they will report to their supervisor, and likely the referring agency, any self destructive acts, threats of violence or violent acts, illegal activity and serious violations of court orders or probation rules. Crisis prevention is one type of safety measure. In the CFT, the leader will ask members to discuss what should happen when there is a serious family crisis or a crisis involving the youth. A plan involving the advocate will be developed to assure that tensions do not escalate into danger. The type of crisis prevention depends on the needs and issues that clients/families present and can include the following: psychiatric de-compensations drug/alcohol ab use (having a “fall”) reoccurring family violence or returning to use of corporal punishment client running away involvement in gang violence curfew and electronic monitoring violations failure to attend probation meetings or appear in court threatening school personnel and other negative actions that will get the youth expelled from school parents unexpectedly moving away without notice
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B A T C h a p t e r 3 Page 9 YAP’s Referral and Assessment Phases of Service (A modified excerpt from the Philadelphia YAP New Employee Orientation Manual) THE REFERRAL When a young person is referred to YAP, the Director (or designated staff person) contacts the referring agency within two business days to learn more about the young person, his/her family, the reason for referral, and their current situation. During the conversation, the worker learns if they family is aware that they have been referred to YAP and is expecting to be contacted. If the family is unaware of the referral made to YAP, the worker will ask the referring agency worker to communicate with the family to establish the referral. THE INITIAL INTAKE MEETING With the family in the communication loop, the Director (or designated staff person) calls within two business days to make an appointment for an initial assessment, or intake meeting. The intake meeting lasts about one to one and one half hours and employs a non-traditional approach. Intakes often take place in the family‟s home or a community setting and involve very little paperwork. At the intake appointment, it is critical that the young person and one or both parents/carers are present. i After a brief chat, the Director (or designated staff person) tells the youth and family more about YAP and the program‟s key elements: YAP works with other service providers to coordinate services with the family to build on strengths and meet needs A Family Team Meeting or goal setting meeting is held two to four weeks after intake/assessment to identify goals and steps to achieve them The family and key players agree to the number of hours or contacts per week Parent/carer involvement is required while the young person participates There is a no reject, no eject admission policy Twenty-four hour support is available
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