Standards for public agencies

2020 Edition

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

The agency 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 agency is still expected to partner with that party to facilitate effective planning and ensure that the standards are implemented.
NA The agency 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.
Full Implementation, Outstanding Performance
A rating of (1) indicates that the agency's practices fully meet the standard and reflect a high level of capacity.  
  • All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, with rare or no exceptions: exceptions do not impact service quality or agency performance. 
Substantial Implementation, Good Performance
A rating of (2) indicates that an agency's infrastructure and practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
  • The majority of the standards requirements have been met and the basic framework required by the standard has been implemented. 
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality or agency performance.

Partial Implementation, Concerning Performance
A rating of (3) indicates that the agency's observed infrastructure and/or practices require significant improvement.  

  • The agency has not implemented the basic framework of the standard but instead has in place only part of this framework.  
  • Omissions or exceptions to the practices outlined in the standard occur regularly, or practices are implemented in a cursory or haphazard manner.  
  • Service quality or agency functioning may be compromised.  
  • Capacity is at a basic level.
Unsatisfactory Implementation or Performance
A rating of (4) indicates that implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.  
  • The agency’s observed service delivery infrastructure and practices are weak or non-existent; or show signs of neglect, stagnation, or deterioration.
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

PA-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.

PA-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.

PA-JJD 10.03

The agency 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.