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Dispositional Alternatives Program

Dispositional Alternative is a legal term that refers to a judge’s decision to give a youthful offender an alternative to incarceration or an out-of-home placement. DAP is a contractual program that works closely with the Department of Social Services. DAP caseworkers provide thorough and consistent support for youth and their families for 6 to 9 months. This allows for the creation of trust and development of rapport between the caseworker and youth.

DAP includes:

  • Support for youth with active DSS cases
  • Staffed by professional case workers
  • Weekly mentoring
  • Support for youth with active DSS cases
  • Staffed by professional case workers
  • Recreational skill-building
  • Individual and family goal planning: 90 days and 6 months
  • Advocacy in social service systems
  • Case management
  • Crisis management
  • Mentoring and parent guidance
  • Youth development

Youth development is a crucial aspect of DAP. This is achieved through participation in healthy and productive recreation and other activities that allow youth outlets for positive interactions and skill development such as:

  • Community service projects
  • Outdoor activities such as apple picking, fishing, games, and sports
  • Field trips such as to the YMCA and Sciencenter
  • Work exploration projects

 

For more information, contact Youth & Outreach Services at (607) 273-7494.

All DAP services are provided to families free of charge.