Positive Alternatives Support Services
The P.A.S.S. program is an individualized program with the goal of maintaining medium to high risk youth in the home environment and prevent out of home placement. The program works with both the youth and the parent or guardian. Youth are referred for a number of reasons including delinquency, mental health, and family or emotional instability. Many youth and families in the program are funded through Medicaid Waiver funding. The program has worked with youth from many different counties each with different needs.
The P.A.S.S. program offers the following activities when appropriate for a client: Volunteering, recreation (e.g. walking, running, exercise, bike riding, etc.), sports (e.g. tennis, basketball, football, etc.), sporting events (Twins, Vikings, etc.), fishing, roller/ice skating, performances/shows, museum trips, zoo trips, Zumba, community classes (e.g. knitting, dance, cooking, etc.), board games, arts and crafts, and various other outdoor/community events.
The P.A.S.S. program also offers worksheets and/or lessons on the following topics: Problem solving, healthy relationships, independent living skills (e.g. cooking, cleaning, budgeting money, etc.), emotional regulation, moral reasoning, substance abuse, self-esteem building, dealing with peer pressure, healthy living (physical, sexual, nutrition, etc.), respecting boundaries, rewards/consequences, interpersonal skills, antisocial thinking, and empathy.
You can find P.A.S.S. referral forms on this page.
For information contact the Program Coordinator, Amanda Schutte, B.S.