Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.


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Mary Loftus, VP, Agency Service

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Juvenile Justice Residential Services promote public safety by providing youth with a supportive, structured setting that helps them address their needs and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding citizens.

PA-JJR 8: Services for Substance Use Conditions

Youth with substance use conditions receive treatment that meets their needs.

Interpretation: As referenced in PA-JJR 7.08, youth diagnosed as having co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions should receive integrated treatment either directly or through active involvement with a cooperating service provider.

Research Note: Research suggests that many youth in the juveniles justice system are in need of treatment services for substance use conditions. However, it is also important to note that not all youth who have used substances in the past have conditions that require treatment.

NA The agency provides only detention services.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services for substance use conditions
    • Substance use related procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth served
    • Verify employment of qualified health professional either directly or via contract
    • Review case records

  • FP
    PA-JJR 8.01

    When a youth’s assessment indicates the presence of a substance use condition, personnel determine and arrange for an appropriate level and intensity of care and treatment.

    Interpretation: A licensed physician, or another qualified health professional with experience, training, and competence in diagnosing and treating alcohol and other drug problems, should be involved in making decisions about the appropriate level and intensity of care and treatment.

  • PA-JJR 8.02

    Interventions are:

    1. based on evidence or clinical practice guidelines, where they exist; and
    2. appropriate for youth.

    Research Note: Research indicates that, because of the developmental differences between adults and adolescents, treatment models used with adults are often not effective with youth.

  • PA-JJR 8.03

    Youth are helped to:

    1. identify situations that prompt substance use; and
    2. develop healthier ways of responding to these situations.

  • FP
    PA-JJR 8.04

    Medical needs are addressed directly or through an established referral arrangement, and can include medical detoxification, medication monitoring and management, physical examinations or other physical health services, laboratory testing and toxicology services, and other diagnostic procedures.

  • FP
    PA-JJR 8.05

    A licensed physician, or another qualified health professional with experience, training, and competence in engaging, diagnosing and treating alcohol and other drug problems, is responsible for the medical aspects of substance use or dependency treatment, including:

    1. prescribing and/or supervising medication; and
    2. providing or reviewing diagnostic, toxicological, and other health related examinations.

    Interpretation: Medication management should include appropriate monitoring and administration of pharmacotherapy for youth with co-occurring conditions.

  • PA-JJR 8.06

    Youth are engaged in treatment for a sufficient length of time to attain recovery and promote positive behavioral change.

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