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Transitions Continuing Care - Mobile
Address:
722 Downtowner Loop West
Mobile, AL 36609


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As an alternative to placement in the Department of Youth Services, Transitions offers highly individualized services to adolescent males and females between the ages of 13 and 17½ experiencing behavioral and legal issues. The program varies in duration and intensity depending on the adolescent’s needs and motivation for change, but lasts anywhere from three to six months. This flexibility allows for a step-down or step-up of services based on the adolescent’s progress. Through a cooperative working relationship between The Bridge, AltaPointe, Lifelines, the Juvenile Court and The University of South Alabama, the overarching mission is to serve as the central resource to assist adolescents and their families in navigating all the systems available to them in the Mobile area.

Program Goals
  • Develop a prescription for treatment by identifying individual problem areas for each adolescent in order to develop a treatment plan and provide for an ongoing assessment of needs.
  • Provide supportive, active, clinical treatment services based on emotional, behavioral, social and academic needs that empower the adolescent to cope with aggressive, violent and/or criminal behavior.
  • Enhance the family unit through positive parenting skills, family therapy and increasing the level of bonding between parent and child.
  • Engage the clients in the community through service opportunities to increase adolescent’s sense of competency and social responsibility.
  • Reduce the current rate of commitment to DYS by 15%.
Program Design
Each adolescent will receive the following services simultaneously through a continuum of care:
  • Initial battery of assessments completed by students at the University of South Alabama
  • Identification of needs and development of treatment plan
  • Human service needs assessment of family unit
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management through AltaPointe 
  • Clinical group and individual therapy
  • Case management services
  • In-home services and parenting education through AltaPointe as needed
  • Transportation and supervision at community service projects and incentive programs
  • Family counseling and anger management therapy through Lifelines in step-down phase
Criteria for Admission
All adolescents entering Transitions must be recommended for placement by the assessment team and the Juvenile Court screening/placement team. Adolescents with the following charges will be accepted for admission: assault 2nd and 3rd degree, menacing, domestic violence 2nd and 3rd degree, 1st and 2nd degree criminal mischief and trespassing, robbery 2nd and 3rd, burglary 2nd and 3rd, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property 1st and 2nd degree, possession of marijuana 2nd, and possession of a controlled substance. Adolescents with class A felonies, minor misdemeanors, status offenders or felony sex offenders will not be accepted into the program.
 
Psychological Evaluation
This service is provided by the University of South Alabama to assist the treatment team and adolescent in identifying individual problem areas for consideration in the development of the treatment plan and subsequent continuum of care needs. USA and/or the treatment team will decide the assessment tools utilized. The assessments will be administered prior to clients entering the program.
 
 
Psychiatric Services
AltaPointe Health Systems provides adolescent-specific psychiatric services. Services will include evaluation and medication management. AltaPointe is uniquely positioned to provide these services to Mobile clients while they are in the Transitions Program.
 
Therapeutic Approach
Clinical services are provided with sensitivity to culture, gender, and socioeconomic status through motivational interviewing, corrective thinking and the Transtheoretical model. An emphasis on behavior modification and relapse prevention will be included in the treatment structure. The family and community will be included in all counseling services in order to provide a framework of support for the adolescent upon discharge. Through ongoing assessment, if it is determined a higher level of care is needed; residential services will be provided through the Westwood Program. Should a client require additional services at the conclusion of their treatment, outpatient services will be provided for an additional six months. In addition, after twelve weeks at the conclusion of in-home services, clients will be given the opportunity to participate in additional family and anger management counseling. This offers youth and their families an additional fourteen sessions of skill building in a group format. In these sessions, the youth are taught how to cope with their anger through alternative behaviors and skill enhancing techniques. Their parents learn how to increase desired behaviors in their children by using attention and rewards, clear communication, effective discipline, substance use education, problem solving and limit setting.
 
Community Service
The adolescents participate in approximately 30 hours of community service activities throughout their participation in continuing care. Examples of these services include, but are not limited to; food bank, trinity gardens, little sisters of the poor, botanical gardens, port city pacers events, relay for life event, and toys for tots. Their participation will encourage giving back to their community, will create a sense of fulfillment and will promote responsibility. These activities will be arranged by the Community Service Liaison and supervised by the trackers. 
 
Staffing
Program Coordinator – responsible for the oversight of the program implementation and supervision & scheduling of staff
 
Licensed Therapist – completes ASAM assessment, specialized group services weekly and individual sessions daily with a caseload of around 15-20 adolescents and will also develop an individualized treatment plan for all clients.
 
Therapist – provides specialized group services weekly and individual sessions daily with a caseload of around 15-20 adolescents and will also develop an individualized treatment plan for all clients.
 
Community Service Liaison –
responsible for coordinating community service projects for adolescents in the entire area of Mobile County; including contacting community organizations, scheduling events, and facilitating events via trackers.
 
Trackers – these five full-time staff members assist case managers in a team approach for all aforementioned services as well as contacting clients at night and on weekends for curfew checks through face-to-face and phone contacts 2-3 times weekly. They will also facilitate the supervision and transporting of clients to community service activities as well as supervising clients at incentive programs.
 
Case Managers – these six full-time staff members are responsible for a caseload of 20-25 adolescents each and will complete the family HSNA; provide assistance to guardians with obtaining health insurance, benefits, housing, food stamps, employment, transportation services; locates an approved safe place for the adolescent to go in the neighborhood in case of a crisis within the home; locates a mentor through local civic organizations, churches or neighbors; assists the family and adolescent in returning to school, enrolling in GED or vocational programs; and referrals as needed to the GUN program, JAMS, gardening program, acting and leadership programs.
 
In-Home Teams – these three teams, each comprised of one professional with a master’s degree and one with a bachelor’s degree, provide intensive therapeutic services utilizing the Alabama Department of Mental Health’s approved In-Home Intervention model.  Services are designed to defuse immediate crises, improve the youth’s mental health functioning, prevent out-of-home placements and improve overall family functioning.
 
Lifelines Coordinator, Therapist and Director- these positions are be highly skilled in implementation of family therapy services and anger management classes in a group setting of twenty participants striving to enhance the youth’s protective and resilience factors by improving their social skills, peer resistance and communication skills. They will also improve the parent/child attachment and family dynamics through increasing positive parenting skills and identifying family strengths. This Strengthening Families Program is an OJJDP best practice and has an exemplary retention and success rate.
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