DYRS seeks to shape each youth's rehabilitation process from beginning to end by providing individualized case and care planning, management, and monitoring.
Each youth’s first connection with the DYRS Care Planning and Coordination Team (also known as Case Management), is during the pre-commitment phase. The purpose of pre-commitment is to thoroughly assess and determine the most appropriate rehabilitation plan for a youth, if committed to DYRS. Pre-commitment occurs when Court Social Services (CSS) files a Notice of Intent to Recommend Commitment (NOITRC) with the Superior Courts of the District of Columbia (DCSC). This notice may be filed for a number of reasons including, but not limited to: your child’s re-arrest, noncompliance with supervision or probation under CSS, abscondence (runaway), or due to a judge’s order for the filing. A NOITRC does not have to be submitted for a youth to be committed.
The DYRS Care Coordinator plays a pivotal role in the success of the youth committed to the Agency. Throughout a youth’s commitment, this professional has multiple responsibilities to ensure that the needs of the youth are met. This professional serves as:
- Youth and family advocate
- Communicator of decisions regarding the youth
- Developer of success plans
- Monitor of youth progress
- Bridge between the youth, DYRS and service providers and more