Since 2014,CASES has provided Adolescent Portable Therapy (APT), a flexible in-home family therapy model for justice-involved youth ages 12-24. Lasting four to six months, APT is designed to reinforce a family’s strengths and assets in order to foster new relational skills and begin to address such challenges as the young person’s problem behaviors (e.g., substance use, […]
New York City’s Rikers Island correctional facility currently houses more than 9,000 people every day, including young people age 16-17 tried as adults and thousands of men and women with mental illness.
Many of these people have become involved in the criminal justice system as the result of factors including poverty, low education levels, lack of employment opportunities, homelessness, untreated mental illness, and addiction. Once involved in the criminal justice system these individuals face significant challenges if they are to overcome the experience of incarceration, the consequences of a criminal record, and the disruption of community networks and—for young people—of the traditional course of youth development.