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September 8, 2010
Contact: Yusila Ramirez
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Redirection Reaches Milestone

Project aimed at helping at-risk youth has served more than 5,000 families in Florida
Miami, FL --- The Redirection project began in 2004 with a mission to help keep Florida's troubled youth out of the prison system and at home with their families where, together, they could learn to become productive, healthy members of the community. Redirection has now provided effective, evidence-based treatments to more than 5,000 families in Florida since inception. An achievement highlighted by the impressive results the project has seen through the years.

The Redirection project has reduced serious crime rates among high-risk youth and also saved Florida taxpayers more than $51.2 million in five years of operation, according to a recent report released by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), the research and evaluation arm of the Florida Legislature. The same report states high-risk youth in Redirection have a 31 percent reduction in arrests and 15 percent fewer violent felony arrests

"The state recognizes there is a need for these types of programs and Redirection has proven to be a solid investment. More importantly, thousands of families have been rehabilitated and their success rates show the program is effective," said Dan Edwards, president of Evidence-Based Associates which manages Redirection through Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice. "We are working diligently to make sure Redirection is offering the very best alternative for these families and we hope to provide the service to many more families in the future."

Instead of locking up delinquent teens, Redirection provides family-focused treatment in the child's home. The therapists work with the parents to help them address their teen's problems and they spend time teaching the child to cope with his/her responsibilities. The project strives to keep families together and help youth avoid incarceration and other out-of-home programs like detention centers and prison.

The program success can be attributed to the three evidence-based therapy models used by Redirection therapists - Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT). In addition to working with youth individually, each of the therapy models works with his or her family, peers and community to provide long-term success for that child.

Redirection began treating families in October 2004. Since then, the project has grown to serve 18 of Florida?s 20 judicial circuits. Most recently, the program expanded in Florida's Panhandle.

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