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Presented at the 17th Annual Research Conference

Creating and Developing Policy, Program, and Evaluation of Services for Sexually Aggressive and Reactive Youth in a System of Care

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Session Number: 51 Room: Salon B

Presenting: Steven Laffer; Patricia Lemp

All Authors for this paper: Steven Laffer; Patricia Lemp; Carol Hardesty; Timothy Lock

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: A county in New York, a SAMHSA "system-of-care" grantsite, has expanded the system-of-care to include services tailored to the needs of sexually aggressive and reactive youth. Like many other communities, six years ago the New York county was ill-prepared to identify or intervene with sexually aggressive youth. Presenters will illustrate how a county-wide needs assessment was conducted which resulted in confirmation of the widespread nature of this problem. Highlights will include how the early intervention model flows from the countywide, cross system planning process, and present a model program for working with sexually aggressive/reactive youth using wraparound approach with family systems working at its core. A theory of change will be presented, and presenters will show how data confirmed the need for training of professionals, increase in services and cross systems interventions. The evolution of comprehensive services for youth who are sexually aggressive and the struggles that continue will be highlighted. Three studies will be discussed: one on prevalence of the issue in the New York county, one on adjudicated versus non-adjudicated youth, and one focusing on how 29 adjudicated offenders have influenced the development of services for this specific county population.

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Session Time: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM