The Parent and Adolescent Support Services (PASS) Program works on behalf of some of the City’s most high-needs residents, with the ultimate goal of enhancing participating families’ ability to work effectively on their own when problems arise. PASS works with youth ages 10-17 who are committing status offenses (e.g., skipping school, running away from home, violating curfew, and/or being extremely disobedient), and it operates as a voluntary, early intervention program. The program is often the last resort before young people get referred to the juvenile justice system or the family faces child welfare involvement.
PASS employs several evidence-based approaches to supporting families, including strength-based intensive case management, Functional Family Therapy in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), and the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) (in partnership with DBH), a case management system for older youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. All youth receiving PASS services have access to community support services such as mentoring, tutoring, and after-school programming.
PASS is a voluntary program open to families of DC youth ages 10-17 who are committing status offenses. Parents/guardians and the youth must commit to participating in the case planning process and in recommended services. Families are not eligible for PASS if they have an open case with the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) or if the youth has an active case with Court Social Services (CSS) or the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS).
How to Make Referrals
Referrals can be made by email, fax, or phone.