This book is for parents, legal guardians (including the Department of Children and Families) and other caregivers of youth in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) or at risk of entering DYS custody. In addition, we hope that this book can be useful to youth in DYS custody themselves. While the book is written for lay people, it also should be helpful to professionals working in this area including advocates, providers, and administrators.
This book describes the basic steps that a youth typically follows within the DYS system, from the point of arrest until discharge from DYS. The book is focused particularly on the rights of a youth involved with DYS. The book explores two areas closely: 1) mental health/substance abuse services; and 2) education.
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