New program aims to decrease rates of juvenile criminal activity

Mar 6, 2017

Finney County Community Corrections, Garden City, KS
Credit Valarie Smith

A new program for at-risk juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system was launched in 52 western Kansas counties and 29 northeastern counties last week.

As The Garden City Telegram reports, the Kansas Department of Corrections celebrated the launch of the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program at the Finney County Department of Corrections in Garden City.

EmberHope has offered FFT for over 15 years in Wichita and Sedgwick County and will expand those services to the 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 30th judicial districts in the western half of the state and has enlisted three therapists including a social worker and two marriage and family therapists.

Therapists will have caseloads of 10 to 12 families at a time and work with the families for three to four months.

The goal of FFT – a data-driven combination of therapy and supervision for juvenile offenders - is to curtail rates of juvenile criminal activity and recidivism through family therapy sessions and is a data-driven combination of therapy and supervision for juvenile offenders.