Placement Services Unit
The Placement Services unit serves multiple functions in the department. It is responsible for assessing the treatment needs of youth who have been recommended for residential placement outside of their homes, and then facilitating an appropriate “match” for these youths with the 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 drug treatment program. 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.