Planning for discharge begins at the time of admission. The planning process, individualized for each youth and his family, incorporates a continuum of care based on the youth's needs. It also focuses on the coordination of health care professionals and organizations, including:
- Identification of the primary post-discharge agency and persons providing or directing the services.
- Recommendations and arrangements for transitional care and treatment, including prescribed medications, school programming, psychotherapy, job training and community recreation.
The youth's therapist builds a network of care providers to support the boy after his discharge and to ensure a continuing emphasis on the progress he has made at CBRYC. Discharge plans are made together by the youth, family, CBRYC therapist, referral source, mental health center and placement facility.
When a boy is unable to return to a home situation, pre-placement visits may be made to acquaint the youth with his new foster home, group home or independent living arrangements. For 90 days after discharge, the CBRYC therapist ensures that these support services are working effectively for the youth. By the end of three months, these services are self-sufficient and can support the boy without CBRYC's guidance.