On March 30, 2012 the Close to Home legislation was signed as part of the 2012-2013 New York State Budget. The passage of Close to Home paves the way for youth found to have committed a delinquent act to be placed by the New York City Family Court in or close to their communities in the City. Close to Home builds on the New York City’s legacy of juvenile justice reform, which includes reducing the use of detention and placement, increasing community-based alternatives and lowering recidivism rates, while making our City even safer. In accordance with the legislation, ACS has released our final plan for the placement of youth involved in juvenile justice in non-secure settings in or around New York City. The State Office of Children and Family Services approved the non-secure plan on July 5, 2012. MDPGH has been awarded 18 beds for the Close to Home initiative, for which two new residences were opened and the Elmhurst residence was converted to serve these youths.
Martin De Porres Group Homes integrates Safe Crisis Management (SCM), Residential Childcare Services and our own Lasallian Model in our work with Youth in Placement. Youth spend on average 7 months in placement in our group homes. From the start of placement we work with youth to identify strengths and encourage and/or strengthen existing family and community ties in order to ensure successful transitions back home.