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Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) began providing services in Baltimore, Maryland in 2006 to individuals in the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) and later, in 2010 to individuals in the Department of Social Services (DSS). YAP also provides behavioral health services and was approved to provide a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) in 2013. YAP provides services to over 150 youth and families annually.
The Baltimore YAP program for DJJ works with adjudicated youth to reduce delinquency charges, recidivism and divert youth from entering detention centers. The Baltimore DSS program works with youth involved in the child welfare system to avoid out of home placement and maintain youth in the community. In the PRP program YAP provides curriculum based and clinical services to individuals with a mental health diagnosis. In all programs YAP employs a Wraparound/Advocacy model that literally “wraps” services and supports around families to create support systems that will foster a stable family environment within the community.
To make a self-referral or inquire about all program services please the local director.