Great Bend - On Friday, February 2, 2007, Secretary Don Jordan will rollout
The Family Assessment and Referral Program in Barton County. This program
assesses a family's needs during a crisis situation which has resulted in a
referral to Juvenile Intake and Assessment Services (JIAS). The program
identifies resources that will address the family's needs and
results in the child remaining in the home and community.The
rollout will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Heritage Building at 1225 Patton.
A key element of this referral program is a clinical assessment of the child
and the family situation within the first 72 hours of the disruption in the home
or community. The program will pair a clinician with the JIAS worker to perform
the assessment. A “wrap around” conference will be held during this time frame
as well and will include all relevant, available stakeholders: child, family,
SRS, school personnel, etc. to determine options for immediately dealing with
the situation. With the assistance and commitment of all involved in the wrap
around, a recommendation will be made to the county attorney and the court at
the hearing. It is believed that this assertive out-reach will result in
children and their families receiving needed services at the time of the
“This is a prevention focused program,” said SRS Acting Secretary Don Jordan.
“We hope it will help reduce at-risk behaviors and assist families in staying
In Fiscal Year 2006, there were 418 children assessed in the Juvenile Intake
program in Barton County. Of those assessed, 143 or 34 percent were removed from
their homes and placed into SRS custody. This placement means 21 youth per 1,000
are being placed in SRS custody, which is one of the highest ratios in the
The contract for program administration was awarded to the Center for
Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend. The contract is effect
11/1/06-10/31/07, with an award of $80,000. To date, 29 youth
have been referred to the program. Twenty-seven were diverted
from being placed in SRS custody for placement outside the home and are
receiving services within the community.
“Through this partnership with SRS and JIAS, we hope to divert children from
going into the system,” said Dwight Young, Executive Director of the Center for
Counseling and Consultation. “We believe the Family Assessment and Referral
Program is an opportunity to intervene and try to find community alternatives to
out of home placement of these children.”
The Family Assessment and Referral Program is part of a larger preventative
initiative, the Family Preservation Demonstration Project, which also includes
Parenting with Love and Limits and the Health in Pregnancy Program.
Individuals in Barton County interested in learning more about the Family
Assessment and Referral Program may contact the Center for Counseling and
Consultation at (620) 792-2544.