DYRS has a legal mandate to place youth in the least restrictive, most homelike environment consistent with public safety. Community-based placements include the following options:
If the Court releases a detained youth to the community to live with a parent or approved guardian, the youth is monitored by Court Social Services and must comply with the Court’s release conditions. In the case of a committed youth, a DYRS case manager monitors the youth’s activities and refers the youth to support services. Youth are required to attend school and/or have full-time employment.
Community-Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs)
DYRS contracts with providers to house youth in a structured, homelike residential setting. These programs, which are staffed 24-hours per day, are single-sex and typically house six to 10 youth. Although youth reside full-time in the program, they attend local schools, can participate in family visits and receive support services within the community. CBRFs provide supervision, counseling services, structured recreational activities and programs designed to promote positive development.
Therapeutic Foster Care/Extended Family Homes
Youth reside with a foster family in a private home, with their activities monitored. Youth receive individual, group and family counseling and attend school and/or hold jobs within the community.
Independent Living Programs
Youth reside independently within a structured and monitored setting. The youth are required to attend school and/or have full-time employment.
Community-Based Shelter Homes
When appropriate, DC Superior Court judges place detained youth in an alternative to secure detention. Detention alternatives in the District include shelter homes, which are under contract with DYRS to provide supervision and services. Judges use detention alternatives such as this one to ensure that youth show up on time to their scheduled court appointment and remain crime-free while their court case is being processed.