Cowley County Youth Services is one of the few Judicial Districts that still has an attendant care facility. The facility is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and inspected annually by KDHE, Cowley County Health Department and the Winfield Fire Department. Attendant care is a non secure facility and consists of a day room and two bedrooms. It provides short-term care with one-on-one direct supervision of juveniles between the ages of 10 and 18 who have been taken into police custody as either an alleged juvenile offender or child in need of care. The attendant care facility is primarily used for youth that do not meet the criteria for detention, but that can not immediately return home.
Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP)
ADSAP is a 6 hour drug and alcohol awareness class that clients of any CCYS officer or Court Services officer may be referred. Each participant will be required to have a parent present during the class, thus educating not only the youth but also the responsible adult. The class is broken down into four segments. The first segment educates the participants on identifying the symptoms of addiction and how to determine the difference between use, abuse and dependency. The second segment focuses on the difficulties that the adolescent population faces in terms of making substantial lifestyle changes at such a difficult and tumultuous time. The third segment is designed to help participants understand the effects of addiction and shame based behaviors on the family as a whole. All participants should walk away from this session with a better understanding of how to improve the quality of their family life. This segment will briefly introduce parents to the tough love concepts. Since some participants have an ongoing problem with substance abuse the information in this session is provided more in an attempt to stimulate ideas for the parents who are dealing with adolescent addiction in the home. The class ends with a wrap-up session to allow participants to process the information they have received and to ask any additional questions they may have.
The ADSAP program requires parental attendance and participation, thus educating not only the youth, but also the responsible adult.
Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
ART is a research based cognitive behavioral intervention focused on training youth to cope with their aggressive and violent behaviors. ART is a multimodal program and has three components; Social skills, Anger Control Training and Moral Reasoning. Each of the three components use a process to insure youth learn the skills in class and transfer such skills to new situations outside of the group. The model also focuses on the concept of peer learning. It has been shown that youth learn best from other youth. ART has been successful throughout the US and Canada. The training is an intensive 10 week program, meeting three times a week for one hour and is co-facilitated by trained group facilitators. Youth are referred to the program by their Community Supervision Officers based on their YLS/CMI and supervision plan.
This program teaches youth to think before they act. It was developed to help preteens/teens consider consequences, understand that they are not alone in their feelings, and discover how to overcome obstacles standing in the way of happiness. It focuses on teaching youth to understand how values, attitudes, peer/family pressures, responsibilities and goals influence the choices we make. The Choices program is a resource for multiple disciplines and areas of concern. It is appropriate for all children, not just those who are facing consequences of their poor choices. The Choices program has been successfully used with private, public and home schools, after school programs, foster care programs, diversion programs, shelter / residential / detention programs, SED programs and with resource families. Youth are referred to this program by any of the CCYS programs, court services or school officials. Groups meet once a week for 6 weeks and are co-facilitated by trained group facilitators.
Thinking For a Change (T4C)
T4C is an evidence based curriculum that integrates three approaches: cognitive restructuring, social skills and problem-solving. Focusing on these three areas help juvenile offenders learn to change their behavior. It begins by teaching youth an introspective process to examine their ways of thinking, feelings, beliefs and attitudes. This process continues and is reinforced throughout the program. This is combined with explicit teaching of interpersonal skills relevant to youths’ present and future needs. The goal is to provide contextual instruction and related experiences so that youth are confident and motivated to use pro-social skills when faced with interpersonal problems and/or anti-social situations. Social skills training provides youth as an alternative to anti-social behaviors. T4C concludes by integrating the skills youth have learned into steps for problem solving. Thus, problem-solving becomes the central approach they learn that enables them to work through difficult situations without engaging in criminal behavior. The training is a 22 session program, but is designed to continue indefinitely depending on the need. Youth meet twice a week for a 1 to 2 hour group session co-facilitated by trained group facilitators. Youth are referred to the program by their Community Supervision Officers based on their scoring moderate to high risk on their Youth Level Services/Case Managment Inventory (YLS/CMI).
Independent Living Programs
Cowley County Youth Services requires Independent Living Skills training for all youth who are 16 years or older, living in the community and on court ordered supervision with Cowley County Youth Services. There are two programs available: one in the form of a group and the other an on-line, at your own pace program. Topics covered in both programs include apartment hunting, finding and keeping a job, financial and career decisions, options to anger, finding and buying a vehicle as well as insurance, and how to take care of themselves when they are living on their own.
Common Sence Parenting
“Common Sense Parenting is a skill-based parenting program that teaches parents practical and effective ways to increase their children’s positive behaviors, decrease negative behaviors, and to teach children appropriate alternate behaviors. Helping parents improve how the discipline and care for their children results in healthier, happier families and stronger parent-child relationships.
The program consists of six two-hour group sessions led by a parent trainer. Parents are taught the skills that help them encourage positive behavior, discourage negative behavior and teach alternatives to problem behavior.
The training model used in Common Sense Parenting focuses on experiential learning. The five training components – instruction, modeling, practice, feedback and review – give parents an opportunity to learn and use the parenting skills in a neutral class setting before putting the skills to use at home with their children. After viewing both live and videotaped examples of parenting skills, parents practice how to use the skills with children.”