Prevention, Access, Self-Empowerment and Support (PASS)
OJJDP-PASS is a Rochester prevention mentoring program that works with teens who experience challenges in their daily lives, and or whose parents are seriously and persistently mentally ill. Participants have reported having emotional issues revolving around building and maintaining relationships; anger management; feelings of frustration; distraction; lack of self-control; poor decision making; inability to finish tasks or an overall lack of focus. The therapist data indicates that some of the participants have serious challenges with aggressive, suicidal and/or self-destructive behavior and substance abuse.
OJJDP-PASS is sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The program is managed by Coordinated Care Services, Inc., (CCSI) a unique non- profit management services organization. The primary source of funding for this program is OJJDP.
OJJDP-PASS utilizes a strength-based approach to helping individuals, families and communities to develop the resources needed to maintain healthy lifestyles. It focuses on the development of a culturally competent, inclusive system of support that fosters self- help, empowerment, advocacy, support, and education. Junior and adult mentors help the adolescents apply the strategies taught in the program to their unique life situations.
Ongoing parent support groups and contacts with schools and other community programs complete the circle of support. The program is managed by Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI).
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