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Greenville Mental HealthDepartment of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Program

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Program Purpose

  • To provide comprehensive, coordinated services from Greenville Mental Health, Department of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Diversion Services, and Juvenile Drug Court to targeted clients that allow them to remain in the community as opposed to out of home placements

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  • Two full-time and one part-time Masters prepared clinicians

    • 1 LISW-CP

    • 1 LPC

    • 1 LMSW (part-time)

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  • Full-time therapists can accommodate a case load of 50 clients

  • Part-time therapists can accommodate a case load of 20 clients

  • Total clients currently being served = 89

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Program History

  • 2002 – One full-time therapist (primarily individual and family therapy for DJJ clients)

  • 2003 – Services expanded to include male and female adolescent groups (up to 8 eight week programs/yr) and parenting groups (up to 12 eight week programs/yr)

  • 2005 – Expanded service locations to include Greenville Group Home, a residential male adolescent group home for DJJ

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Program History

  • 2008 – Program had grown to three full-time therapists

  • 2009 - Reduced to two full-time and one part-time therapists due to budget reductions

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Unique Aspects

  • Largest mental health DJJ program in SC

  • Greenville Mental Health's DJJ program added multi-systemic therapy (MST) component in 2008

  • First MST program in SC to be offered solely to DJJ clients

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Best Practices

  • Solution Based Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Multi-Systemic Therapy

  • Targeted Parenting Components

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Family Involvement

  • DJJ Clients Participate Not Only in Individual Therapy but also in Family Therapy

  • Most Parents are Court Ordered to Participate in an Eight Week GMHC/DJJ Parenting Group

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  • Adolescents are more often able to remain in community settings than in out of home placements

  • Parenting skills are strengthened and supported

  • Reduced costs to Mental Health and DJJ