Community Options Program

Program Description

The Community Options Program is a Chemical Dependency program for 10-15 participants that incorporates higher levels of supervision, chemical dependency case management and a cognitive skills curriculum. This program is designed for high-risk juvenile offenders who have failed previous attempts at treatment and are at risk for out-of-home placement. The program focuses on reshaping the views of substance abusing youth and their families by utilizing a strength-based perspective, providing holistic, effective, culturally relevant programming utilizing community resources.

Program Details

Curriculum length is 30 weeks, with of three phases consisting of 50 sessions.

Phase I: Two 90-minute sessions per week for an 11-week period.
Challenge to Change: Clients in Pre-Contemplative/Contemplative stage of change.

Phase II: Two 90-minute sessions per week for a 9-week period.
Readiness and Commitment to Change: Preparation/Determination/Action stages of change. Coping/Social Skills, Cog Skills, Patterns of Behavior as related to Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use and Criminal Conduct.
*Family members are incorporated into this phase, home visits, family meetings (information, support, etc.).

Phase III: Sessions are held once per week for the remaining 10-week period.
Taking ownership of change: Maintenance and Aftercare stages of change. Change goals, attribution (change from within), commitment and maintenance

*Phase III clients will have the opportunity to act as mentors with new Phase I clients beginning the program.

Intensive Care Management

Clients in this program will have an Intensive Care Manager who will serve as the coordinator/facilitator for all program components. The Case Manager will be responsible for providing information to all persons involved in the client's care, coordinating community resources, performing chemical health screenings and assessments, and will provide ongoing support to the clients and their families.


As part of the Community Options program, those juveniles in the program will be required to spend a minimum of 30 days and up to 75 days on Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM). Those program members will also complete up to 4 weekends (48-hour weekends) at the East Central Regional Juvenile Center (ECRJC) in Lino Lakes.