Program Keeps Troubled New York Youth Close to Home

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The New York Times recently profiled the ”Close to Home” initiative, a collaboration between New York City and New York State to find more appropriate placements for NYC youth in the juvenile justice system and to increase the efficiency of the system as a whole.

Under this proposal, New York City youth currently placed in limited-secure and non-secure facilities run by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services are moving to settings administered by the city, which has oversight for their educational, mental health, substance abuse and other service needs. These young people are now remaining closer to their families while they receive the services and support they need.

Children’s Aid is a partner in Echoes (Every Child Has an Opportunity to Excel and Succeed), one of the two new Probation Department programs that are part of the initiative. A participant Echoes named Ralphie, who has paid work as a youth counselor at our Milbank Center in Harlem, is featured in this in-depth look at the program’s progress to date.