LPYS serves as the lead agency for a series of client-centered, community-based, collaborative programs, designed to serve the highest-need youth in our community.
LPC CMP supports youth and their families who are experiencing significant, adverse life events through facilitated, collaborative problem solving and community-based, wrap-around care and programming.
CMP and LPYS partnership programs include (a) the Integrated Service and Support Team (ISST); (b) the Community-in-Schools Partnership Program (CISP); and (c) Radical Possibilities Mentorship Program (RP).
School ISST's functions as an integrated service planning model, or ISST. The School ISST is a multi-agency review team drawn together to serve habitually truant, chronically absent, judicially involved, and/or at-risk students in La Plata County through community-based, family conferencing model. The core staffing team is comprised of representatives from Durango School District, Bayfield School District, Ignacio School District, La Plata Youth Services, La Plata County Human Services, Axis Health System, and San Juan Basin Public Health. Key stakeholders, including the youth and family, participate in individual service planning meetings. Some of the specific process objectives for all ISST's listed include individual case planning to support multiple-need families, engaging parents/guardians as equal partners in review meetings, case planning, and service delivery, and to create single-source access to the expertise and resources of numerous community youth and family advocacy organizations.
Additional ISST services are provided through Family Engagement Meetings and Judicial ISST's which are administered by La Plata County Department of Human Services, the Sixth Judicial Probation Department and the CMP Coordinator. All three of these multi-system approaches benefit children, youth and families in a way that if CMP did not exist, the results would be a bifurcated system and a burden would be placed on multiple systems. Only Family Engagement Meetings (FEM) and Judicial ISST's (JSST) in which more than one agency/system participates are included in the CMP population.
CISP works collaboratively with multiple agencies to develop a strengths-based continuum of early interventions, provided in the school-setting. This multi-systemic program is designed to help youth reach their full potential by: increasing school and community engagement; addressing underlying factors; and strengthening long-term supports and stability. CISP was developed through a partnership between La Plata Youth Services and the Durango 9R School District. With the intention to streamline access to therapeutic services and provide more in-depth, in-school support, agencies providing services through CISP include private mental health providers, The Rainbow Youth Center, The Grief Center, Alternative Horizons, La Plata Youth Services, and the schools. CISP focuses on building relationships with all people involved and places emphasis on parent/guardian participation in each process. The program will operate in six (6) schools in La Plata County and in Silverton Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Annual strategic planning is led by the CISP Program Manager in coordination with the CMP Coordinator.
Radical Possibilities believes in the power of mentoring relationships to promote resilience and a sense of belonging in youth. Compassionate, supportive one-on-one relationships and shared group experiences, such as meals, community activities, artwork, stories, and gratitude, become the stepping-stones for youth to discover their untapped internal and external resources and thrive in an uncertain world.
The Radical Possibilities Mentoring Program (RP) serves youth in grades 6-12 who are facing adverse life conditions that affect their well-being and ability to engage positively in their lives. Many youth served in RP experience poverty, social isolation, and lack of safe and supportive spaces leading to increased risk of depression and other complex mental health challenges.
RP provides intensive one-on-one mentoring (2-4 hrs/wk) as well as a weekly group activity focused on areas such as service learning, educational opportunities, community connection, and creative projects. One-on-one match outings consist of a variety of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, visiting the Humane Society, and doing artwork. The group component provides an inclusive environment in which youth and mentors get to experience diverse relationships, learn new things, and have opportunities to build socioemotional skills.
RP utilizes a strengths-based approach and mentors receive comprehensive training and supervision to assist them in bringing therapeutically informed support for their mentees into their time together. Having the consistent support of a caring adult in addition to a bonded peer group helps youth feel a sense of connection and belonging that improves their mental health, builds resilience, and increases their overall well-being.
We are committed to building the capacity of our mentors through thoughtful recruitment, comprehensive training, and on-going individual support. Our program practices are guided by principles of human dignity, non-violence, and positive youth development. During the 2018-19 school year, the youth who participated in RP saw increases in attendance (33%), a reduction in behavioral incidents (8%), and a reduction in suspensions (17%) in comparison with the previous school year. No youth were expelled or had any criminal offenses while participating in the program.
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