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TITLE: Yop Program Components


All Youthful Offenders shall be required to participate in all Youthful Offender programming deemed by Youthful Offender staff to be appropriate and necessary for successful completion of the program. Youthful Offender staff and LSI-R/Jesness results will determine programming.


  1. Program Components
    1. Substance Abuse Assessment
      1. If Probation Officer determines offender may need a substance abuse evaluation he/she will refer client to EFR.
      2. Any recommendations from the substance abuse assessment shall then become a part of the offender's individual Youthful Offender plan
        • Note: Youthful Offenders shall not possess, ingest, or otherwise use any alcohol or non prescribed drugs. No over the counter medications are to be taken without Youthful Offender Program staff permission. Further a Youthful Offender shall submit to a preliminary breath test, urinalysis, or other authorized tests for drugs or intoxicants immediately upon the request of Youthful Offender staff or their designees, with random urinalysis conducted as needed for effective offender monitoring. (Please Note: The offender is required to call a phone number daily.)
    2. Education Intake Assessment
      1. Every offender entering Youthful Offender program without a high school diploma or a GED, shall be interviewed by the Educational Instructor, who shall complete a Youthful Offender program educational plan, with the offender and obtain the offender's commitment (signature) for successful completion.
      2. The Educational Plan shall include one or more of the following mandatory requirements:
        1. Re-enrollment in an area school to obtain a high school diploma
        2. GED classes
        3. Enrollment in area community college or other educational programming, unless the offender is satisfactorily employed.
          • Note: Successful completion of Youthful Offender program requires an offender to have either a GED or a high school diploma or be actively pursing their diploma.
    3. Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program

      If the victim is willing to meet with the offender and the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program Coordinator, the offender shall be required to participate in all meetings arranged by the Coordinator, until a successful reconciliation (restitution) plan is developed and agreed upon. If the victim is unwilling to participate, Youthful Offender Program staff shall arrange an alternate means for the offender to experience reconciliation.

    4. Life Skills Classes (as deemed necessary)
      1. Track I -community based enrichment program for low risk offenders. It is for a minimum of 3 months and the offender is required to go to a meeting every Sunday for 5 hours and to be in contact with his/her mentor.
      2. Budgeting
      3. Nutrition
      4. Hygiene
      5. Colors
      6. Crimes
      7. Prison Visits
      8. Drug Education
      9. Victim Panel
      10. Job Skills
      11. Sex Crimes
      12. Planned Parenthood

        Note: All Youthful Offender Program offenders may not participate in any gang activity, nor wear any gang related clothing or paraphernalia, including but not limited to: hats, caps, jackets, jewelry, or other clothing or paraphernalia evidencing any gang membership or affiliation. Offenders shall not make or possess any drawing, writing, graffiti or photographs showing or indicating street gang membership or affiliation.

    5. Two hundred (200) Hours of Community Service.

      Community service shall be approved by Youthful Offender program staff and be deemed to make a significant contribution to the community. Compliance with program requirements allows credit toward community service hours.

    6. Mentor Relationship-Track II

      Youthful Offender Program offender may be assigned a mentor, as deemed necessary by Youthful Offender Program staff. If a mentor has been assigned, the offender shall be responsible for arranging one face-to-face contact and one telephone contact per week with the mentor. Youthful Offender program staff shall verity with mentor each week if these conditions are met.

    7. Job Skills Classes/Employment-Track II

      If directed to do so by Youthful Offender staff, a Youthful Offender shall complete a series of job skill classes. Further, the offender shall obtain and maintain employment, as directed.

    8. Curfew Hours

      All Youthful Offender will have a 10 PM curfew unless otherwise decided by Youthful Offender staff or EMS offered. Reports of any missed curfews will be made at weekly staff meetings.

    9. Prevention/Education

      Youth at Risk Des Moines Area Community College course. All offenders are required to attend.

    10. Enhanced Parenting and Responsibility
    11. Supervision
      1. Supervision

        Each offender in the Youthful Offender program will have at least one face-to-face appointment with supervising agent per week. In addition each offender shall make one phone call per week with officer.

        Note: After the offender progresses through the Youthful Offender Program, the supervising agent may require the offender only come in as necessary based on risk level.

      2. Home Visits

        At Youthful Offender Program staff discretion a home visit may be required.

      3. Curfew Checks

        Youthful Offender Program staff shall determine the need for curfew checks and whether or not checks shall be made in person or by telephone, but at least two per month shall be conducted unless the offender has demonstrated a need for increased surveillance.

      4. Collateral Contracts

        Youthful Offender Program staff shall record all collateral contacts. Comments from referral agency staff present at weekly staff meetings may be counted as collateral contacts and recorded in case files, along with paper collaterals. In addition, at least one collateral contact shall be obtained from a family member or significant other when appropriate.

    12. Weekly Staffing

      A staffing of Youthful Offender Program offenders shall occur weekly with Youthful Offender Program staff, County Attorney staff, other Department assigned staff, and representatives of referral components of Youthful Offender Program in attendance.

      As each offender is staffed, Youthful Offender Program staff will be responsible for case file notations being made. New Youthful Offender Program offenders will be presented at the staffing by Youthful Offender Program staff who will provide enough information for all staffing members to become acquainted with the offender's situation and program plans.

    13. Youthful Offender Program Evaluation

      Youthful Offender Program offenders shall be required to cooperate with evaluation of the program, whether still in the program, or under the supervision of the Department of Correctional Services.

  2. In developing the individualized case plan, Youthful Offender staff shall consider all program components, the capabilities of the offender, as well as the legal, employment, and social history of the offender.

The offender shall be required to read, or have read to him/her all components of the plan(s) before signing. The signature of the offender shall indicate the offender's understanding, agreement, and willingness to accomplish the plan(s). The offender shall be given a copy of all plans or other materials signed by him/her for the Youthful Offender Program.

Copies of the individual plan(s) shall be made available to persons attending the weekly staffing.

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