Orbis Partners, Inc. and Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. have signed a three-year contract to have Orbis distribute Pro-Change’s juvenile justice program, Rise Above Your Situation (RAYS). Orbis will also provide training to probation officers and counselors to facilitate the use of the program.
The RAYS program is designed as an adjunct to traditional juvenile justice programs. It is a multimedia, computer-tailored intervention that relies on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) to help youth progress through the stages of change for ending criminal behavior and substance abuse.
“We are very excited to partner with Pro-Change, and we believe that RAYS will be an important complement to our products and services, to support good case planning for youth involved in the juvenile justice system,” said Dr. David Robinson, President and CEO of Orbis Partners. “Ultimately, we believe this innovative tool will help many youth make commitments to work on change. It is consistent with many of the components of Orbis Partners’ Collaborative Case Work model used in several juvenile justice jurisdictions and youth service agencies.”
RAYS integrates best practices from existing evidence-based programs for juvenile offenders and substance abusers, and helps youth set personal goals.
The RAYS program includes:
In a feasibility test involving 60 system-involved youth and their probation officers/counselors, evaluations of the program were very positive:
The RAYS program is currently being tested in a cluster-randomized trial funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The trial involves 700 moderate- to high-risk juvenile offenders in Iowa recruited by 54 probation officers randomly assigned the RAYS condition or usual care.
Probation officer and counselor comments regarding the strengths of the RAYS program:
The program provides structure in the use of evidence-based practices.
The reports facilitate communication and connection.
The reports help to diffuse tension and conflict.
What youth have said about RAYS:
As an adjunct to other juvenile justice services, RAYS can offer youth specialists a new tool for helping youth move toward the positive change that is necessary for success.