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Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI) – Risk/needs assessment that is initially completed on youth referred to OPTIONS; helps determine their level of risk in 10- domains of their life: family, school, community/peer, alcohol/drugs, mental health, aggression, violence, attitude, skills, employment/free time. The results of this assessment are used in determining what program a youth is placed in so upon completion of a particular group, their risk levels are reduced.


Community Service Work Program

Community service work hours are completed under the direct/continuous supervision of the staff of an approved worksite or by the OPTIONS staff of the afterschool program – OPTIONS Crew.Community Service Work is performed for the benefit of the community through a non-profit organization(s) that may help teach youth social skills, problem solving skills, labor skills, and how to give back to their community in a voluntary or unpaid effort.Community service worksites have to meet state requirements to be an approved worksite. Community service work is completed during non-school hours, weekend, and summer hours.Community service work hours are accomplished with the collaboration of other local community agencies.

Encourages youth involvement in the community.


Thinking for a Change (T4C)

A cognitive restructuring program that attempts to increase a youths social awareness and problem solving abilities by empowering the youth to change their own behaviors. The program assists youth in identifying high risk situations and the thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs that are triggered within them, and place them at risk of getting into trouble, while showing them how to implement new thoughts that can lower risky behaviors.

Encourages youth to take control of their behavior by taking control of their thinking.


Substance Abuse Program

A substance abuse assessment is initially completed to determine the appropriate level of intervention for a youth. The assessment consists of the youth completing an Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI A-2), an Adolescent Chemical Dependency Inventory (ACDI), a urine drug screen, and an interview with the parent(s) and youth. The services offered integrate the stages of change, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavior therapy designed to reduce the risk level by guiding youth in changing their substance abusing behaviors.

Teen Intervene is an evidence base intervention for teen’s ages 12-19 years old who have a moderate risk level. Consists of two (2) individual counseling sessions, one (1) family counseling session (if needed), and a random urine drug screen.

SA 2 Group is an intervention program for 12-19 year olds who have a moderate to severe risk levels and are in the pre-contemplation or contemplation stages of change.  It consists of two (2) individual counseling sessions, eight (8) weekly group counseling sessions and weekly family contact. Weekly urine drug screens are administered.

SA3 Group is a program for 12-19 year olds who have a moderate to severe risk levels and are in the preparation or action stage of change and contemplation stages of change. It consists of one (1) individual counseling sessions, four (4) bi-monthly group counseling sessions and bi-monthly family contact. Bi-monthly urine drug screens are administered.Prior involvement in the SA 2 is required.

Encourages coping as an alternative to using alcohol or other drugs in response to problems, interpersonal conflicts, and negative mood states.


Job Readiness Program

This is designed to teach those competencies that the Department of Labor and research have found to be necessary for finding and keeping a job. Participants will learn practical job finding skills, practice positive and professional behavior, and explore their own personal strengths and values.It concludes with a mock interview with a community business partner.

Encourages youth to be productive members of the community.