Focusing on family unity and personal growth, AYS aims to provide competent, comprehensive mental health treatment services in a residential treatment setting, as well as at-home services to reduce risk of the youth placed in their care. Our motto in achieving this is "cultivating positive change through personal accountability.” The programs are committed to using What Works principles in working in alliance with the youth, case managers, case workers, probation officers, families and the community to enhance family unity and personal growth by focusing on risk factors by developing effective treatment plans that reduce risk. The Risk-Need-Responsivity model is utilized by ensuring that the intensity of services provided by AYS matches each client's risk to reoffend, targeting the client's priority risk factors most directly associated with his delinquent behavior, ensuring treatment is evidence-based, and tailored to match the teaching style of the program to the learning style of each individual client.
The AYS goal is to ensure that the youth and his family have the greatest potential for safe and secure future with fewer risks associated with their treatment goals, following the treatment of the juvenile in the group home, along with reunification and permanency with his family through services in the home. The aim is to provide competent and comprehensive mental health treatment services that reduce risk in the youth and create the opportunity to experience a safe and secure environment for healing. The long-term and short term objectives at AYS are to:
Our Values: Values are the underlying moral guideposts that shape our decisions, actions, and the mission and vision of our company. We all have values – some are clearly defined, while others may not be as obvious. We believe that articulating our values establishes general expectations of behavior, and helps guide the many, often difficult decisions we make as an organization. Some of the values at AYS include the following: