The Early Intervention Services Unit (EISU) focuses on preventive and proactive services for community youth. Through partnerships with Madison and other Dane County School districts as well as soft hand-offs from police agencies and other community networks and contacts, at-risk youth are provided one-on-one interactions, skill-building groups, and limited family support if warranted. EISU also provides both formal and informal support to gang involved youth, sex trafficked youth, and young adults (17-25) who encounter barriers to success. EISU program leaders additionally support youth who may be encountering their first justice-involved referral. Through education, experiential art, and other hands on as well as evidence-based programming, youth are exposed to a variety of skillsets with ongoing support from culturally-relatable adults often seen mentors and guides. EISU offers a blend of both hard and soft services to support youth success and diversion from the legal system. See below for individual program descriptions and referral sources.
GRIT is voluntary programming that does not require court involvement. Referrals are made by school staff. Varying types of school-based interventions are employed including individual and group work. Service areas include all Madison Metropolitan Schools (MMSD), Sun Prairie High and Upper Middle Schools and Verona High and Middle Schools. Supportive Gang interventions staff provide county-wide monitoring and coverage in areas not served by other GRIT staff.
REPLAY is a collaborative program between MMSD and DCDHS for male students, grades 7-9. Youth must be either Youth Justice court deferred or court-involved although youth are voluntary participants and cannot be court ordered to this school program. IEP not required to participate but youth with an IEP can be served. REPLAY is a one semester long stabilization program with behavioral focused interventions. A second semester may be considered if the needs persist and the youth and family are amenable. Referrals are accepted from DCDHS Social Workers or MMSD school staff only. REPLAY enrollments may be made at any time during the school semester.
This staff member provides referrals and support to young adults age 17-25, living in Dane County. Youth served are generally higher risk persons who need additional support to succeed. Referral sources include all resources open to DCDHS, agency partners and stakeholders.
Referrals for Court Diversion programming are made by the assigned Court Diversion Unit (CDU) social worker. Programming goals include stabilization and prevention of further risk of court involvement.
This staff position covers all of Dane County, providing support and safety planning to youth up to age 17 who are at-risk or recently involved in sex trafficking. Youth do not have to be court involved. There is no time-limit regarding involvement. Referrals are accepted from DCDHS Social Workers, schools, partner agencies, and stakeholders.