A guide to Wyoming's system of care and services for at-risk children, youth and families was updated in February. The goal of the Resource Guide for Children, Youth and At-Risk Families is to provide the community, and those who are involved in the interest of children and families, a comprehensive overview of the array of appropriate community services that can be utilized for children and their families.
The guide describes a continuum of care beginning with prevention and early interventions. It describes intermediate interventions that are more intensive because of heightened risk factors or more immediate behavioral problems. The guide explains when in-patient or residential services are appropriate for youth and covers aftercare and other services for children transitioning from residential or other 24-hour care settings back to their families and communities.
In all, there are five levels of care that are defined with descriptions of proven interventions. The levels and interventions are recognized as best practices by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Annie E. Casey Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and others.