This program provides in-home, clinic and community-based assessment and treatment for adolescents, parents and their families involved in the juvenile justice system. The program provides comprehensive assessments using the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) and outpatient mental health and substance treatment with strict adherence to the Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) model. 

MDFT addresses adolescent substance use and behavioral problems as the complex issues they are.  It is strength-based, solution-focused, and incorporates a team approach into the treatment of adolescents. MDFT focuses on four areas to provide immediate and practical outcomes: the individual adolescent, the adolescent's family members as individuals, the family unit, and how the family interacts with the social environment. The program gives youth and parents the strategies, tools, and support they need to be successful, productive, and happier.


  • Between the ages of 12 and 18
  • Involved (either formally or informally) with DCJ
  • Unable to be immediately and appropriately served in the community
  • To qualify for full Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Assessment, the teen has not received a comprehensive Mental Health or Alcohol & Drug assessment in last 12 months
  • For out-patient therapy (MDFT), youth has a Mental Health or Alcohol & Drug diagnosis and/or meets criteria for this level of treatment


  • GAIN -  Global Appraisal of Individual Needs
  • MDFT - Multi Dimensional Family Therapy
  • Crisis intervention

Detention care coordination

Mental Health Care Coordinators ensure that mental health care is available for detained youth with serious mental health issues.

Services include:

  • Transition Planning (including assessment)
  • Liaison with outside treatment providers to increase “ownership” of detained clients