Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS)

PINS Adjustment Services is a preventive, collaborative initiative between Cayuga County Probation Department, Cayuga County Department of Health and Human Services, Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs (CHAD) and Cayuga Counseling Services.

Its goals are to provide immediate and effective services to families in distress, prevent the filing of Family Court petitions, prevent penetration of the juvenile justice system and ultimately to prevent out of home placements.

It is a comprehensive, coordinated, assessment and treatment program that, since 1992, has consistently achieved some of the best results in satisfactorily resolving PINS complaints in New York State. The program is a model and staff has trained other localities in their implementations.

PINS complaints, allegations of truancy, incorrigibility, ungovernability, substance abuse and/or runaway, made at the Probation Department, are referred to the Designated Assessment Service (DAS). The DAS is a long-standing cross-system collaboration that has monitored service delivery to over 2200 children /teens and families successfully resolving tough, problematic issues in over 85% of cases.

PINS Adjustment Services is a strength-based, family focused intervention designed to decrease negative behaviors, develop resiliency and empower and support families experiencing difficulties with children between the ages of 7 and 17.

What does PINS Adjustment Services offer youth and families?

Families and school districts that attempt to file petitions demand a level of assessment and service delivery that only exists in this model. Some of the services/intervention strategies include:

  • All children/adolescents/teenagers are assessed using the Children’s Assessment of Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool. This assessment tool is used throughout the country and is the preferred instrument.
  • Access to multi-disciplinary diagnostic team.
  • Comprehensive case planning to meet individual and family needs.
  • Intensive case management and crisis management for children and their families 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • Services that are home, school, and community based.
  • Integration with Runaway/Homeless Services.
  • School support and advocacy.
  • Collaboration and coordination between families, schools, and providers
  • Access to crisis and emergency respite.
  • Home and office based mental health services including Functional Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Family Psychoeducation.
  • Access to substance abuse evaluation and therapy.
  • A menu of skill building groups including Anger Management, Skill Building and Relational Issues.
  • Access to all programming, services, and support offered by Cayuga Counseling Services, a large children and families multiservice agency.