Thrive is a new in-home program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, designed to intervene at the critical point following first encounters with the system. Thrive focuses on diverting youth from further juvenile justice involvement through in-home, family-based services that incorporate evidence-based interventions.

Thrive is a preventive program, utilizing the evidence-based interventions Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to address drivers for juvenile delinquent behaviors and provide motivation for changing behaviors. Focusing on systemic issues and engaging the caregivers, Thrive provides trauma-informed care that builds resiliency in youth who encounter the juvenile justice system, who have a higher prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Thrive’s holistic approach directly addresses multiple drivers for behavior in order to promote positive long-term outcomes, safely circumventing removal from the home.



Thrive is targeted for early intervention of juvenile justice involved youth and their families.

This includes cases involving:

  • Few encounters with the juvenile justice system
  • Lower-level juvenile offenses
  • Minimal risk for removal from the home/entry into state custody
  • Low-to-moderate risk behaviors
  • Caregivers agree to participate in services


  • On-call 24/7; low caseloads of 8-10 families per specialist
  • Substance abuse, trauma and safety/risk assessments
  • In-home service model, family-based approach
  • Regular communication with the court regarding case progress
  • Coordination with other services, such as outpatient therapy, as indicated
  • Safety planning, including assistance creating and enforcing curfews
  • Monitoring rules/regulations established by court
  • Attending court hearings with youth/family
  • Monitoring and encouraging school attendance
  • Promoting academic success
  • Monitoring completion and engagement with community service
  • Compliance with mental health appointments
  • Classes to teach parents how to implement
  • Collaborative Problem Solving in the home setting


Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an evidence-based, strengths-based, neurobiologically grounded approach that provides concrete guideposts to operationalize trauma-informed care, empowering youth and family voice. CPS targets criminogenic risk factors, and prevents and mitigates Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), by building and sustaining the following protective/resiliency factors:


  • Healthy youth/caregiver relationships
  • Substance abuse, trauma and safety/risk assessments
  • Communication skills
  • Emotion regulation skills (thinking rationally when frustrated, managing difficult emotions age-appropriately)
  • Self-regulation skills (impulse control,self-soothing)
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Social skills
  • Empathy/perspective-taking skills