Standards for private organizations

2020 Edition

Juvenile Justice Day Services (JJD) 10: Planning for Transition and Aftercare

The organization and youth work together to prepare for transition and plan how to live responsibly in the community after completing the program.


If another party (e.g., an aftercare case manager) is responsible for providing aftercare, they may play a role in implementing the practices addressed in this section. However, the organization is still expected to partner with that party to facilitate effective planning and ensure that the standards are implemented.
NA The organization provides less-intensive day services.
2020 Edition




Juvenile Justice Day Services promote public safety and reduce the need for out-of-home placements by allowing youth to reside in their communities while they address problems and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding members of their communities.
Note: Although “Planning for Transition and Aftercare” is a specific core concept standard, it is important to note that transition preparation is not actually an entirely separate practice. In contrast, the services provided throughout program involvement should be designed to help youth avoid lives of crime and become productive members of their communities.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Transition/aftercare planning procedures
No On-Site Evidence
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Youth served and their families
  • Review case records

JJD 10.01

Plans for aftercare are developed:
  1. sufficiently in advance of case closing to ensure an orderly transition; and
  2. in collaboration with youth, their family members, and relevant personnel.


If another organization or party (e.g., an aftercare case manager) is primarily responsible for providing aftercare, they should be involved in the planning process as soon as possible.

JJD 10.02

Aftercare plans identify resources, supports, and services that can address risks and needs and help youth live responsibly in their communities.
Examples: Services may include both resources currently being utilized and potential resources for the future.

JJD 10.03

The organization takes the initiative to contact resources, services, and supports specified in the aftercare plan to:
  1. ensure that youth are admitted to appropriate programs;
  2. prepare any new service providers for youths’ arrival; and
  3. build positive connections to support youth.