Placement Services unit serves youth who have been recommended for a residential placement. Residential placement sites are an out-of-home residential program for youth needing various treatment services. Probation officers assess the treatment needs for referred youth and facilitate the appropriate match for these youths with various placement providers with whom we contract. Probation officers in this unit also provide case management for all youth in out-of-home placement, as well as those youth in our department-operated residential programs. Staff keeps in consistent contact with youth in placement, and also with their parent or guardian to whom these youth will return upon completion of placement. They monitor progress, communicate with residential staff to ensure that programming is in place to meet the child’s needs, and engage parents in any necessary services to prepare for the eventual re-entry of the child back home upon successful discharge.