Probation

Service Plan Template

While case plans may be adapted to meet county needs and processes, they contain all of the required elements. Deleting any of the information contained in the plans will result in an incomplete plan.

Regulations require both an assessment and a case plan based upon the assessment. The assessment and case plan requirements may be included in the same document but must be clearly differentiated.

Often a temptation arises to create case plans consisting only of check boxes. Federal law creates an expectation of individualized assessments and case plans that respect each of the youth's and family's strengths and uniqueness. These are reflected in case plan objectives that meet the following criteria:

  • specific - specific descriptions of desired behavior
  • measurable - a description of how the youth, family and probation officer know the objective has been met
  • achievable - the objective must be within the reasonable ability of the youth and family to attain
  • relevant - the objective must be instrumental to meeting the case plan goal of reunification or permanency
  • time-limited - the objective includes an expectation of when the behavior will be achieved

The following case plan examples were developed in collaboration with the

  • Chief Probation Officers of California
  • Judicial Council of Californi
  • California Department of Social Services
  • county probation department representatives

See Juvenile Probation Case Plan and Probation Department Case Plan.