Criminal Justice Program
Family Integrated Transitions
The Family Integrated Transitions (FIT) pilot project is funded by the Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) to provide intensive, integrated, individual and family services to juvenile offenders with mental health and chemical dependency issues. Treatment is initiated two months prior to the juvenile being released from a State juvenile incarceration facility to ensure that a strong engagement with CPC’s staff is achieved and that necessary community supports are in place at the time of release back to the community. Community-based wrap-around services that empower the youth and family continue for up to 4 months after the youth is released to the community and while the youth is on parole.
The FIT program goal is to empower parents with the skills and resources needed to address difficulties that arise in raising teenagers in today’s society. We assist families in using skills that develops their children’s ability to cope with family, peer, school and neighborhood problems in a positive way. We work as a team with the family to identify their unique strengths and desired areas for growth.
Youth and their families receive and participate in services that include:
- Family-centered mental health and chemical dependency assessments and services
- Pro-social skill building
- Family/parenting support and skill building
- Assistance connecting with collateral agencies such as: schools, parole, Department of Child and Family Services, medical assistance, and other community supports
- 24-hour crisis services
- Services are made available to meet the family’s schedule and delivered in a location that is convenient to the family, including in the home.
The overall goal of the FIT program is to lower recidivism, improve the juvenile offender’s educational level and vocational opportunities, connect the child and family with appropriate community services, achieve abstinence from the use of controlled substances and alcohol, improve the mental health status and stability of the juvenile, and increase the juvenile’s pro-social behavior.
The FIT Program does not accept self-referrals. Referral participants are selected by JRA, from youth who have co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency issues. Additionally, participants must be returning to reside in King or Snohomish County upon release.