The Accountability Based Sex Offender Program: Continuum of Care (COC) serves three populations of youth with sexual behavior problems.

  • Youth with illegal sexual behavior who have been released from residential placement
  • Children and youth with sexual behavior problems who require early intervention
  • Youth with illegal sexual behavior who have been referred for assessment and/or outpatient therapy.

The COC is designed to address issues associated with sexual behavior and to provide a rehabilitative support network for adjudicated youth returning to selected counties in Alabama on aftercare, and to provide intensive community-based treatment services to youth not suitable for residential placement. This program helps youth with illegal sexual behavior maintain and attain successful treatment gains, build upon family and community strengths, and provide adequate relapse prevention services including case management and mentoring.

COC’s Mission: To establish a continuum of care aimed at fostering accountability, relapse prevention, community safety, and positive growth for youth in need of therapeutic intervention, diversion, transitional services, and aftercare treatment. This program mission is fulfilled by making available at a minimum the following treatment services:

  • Psychosexual assessment and recommendations for appropriate treatment intervention
  • Individual or group treatment for children with sexual behavior problems
  • Transitional and community services
  • Mentoring
  • Behavior monitoring
  • Family Support
  • Risk assessment
  • Individualized service plan

COC services are provided in 19 Alabama counties — Autauga, Bibb, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Hale, Jefferson, Limestone, Madison, Montgomery, Morgan, Pickens, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, and Winston. Additionally, the COC may, depending on available resources, accept referrals for youth assessment from contiguous counties and assist with identifying possible placement options and treatment recommendations.

COC Referrals

Youth referred for COC services will be assessed to determine his/her appropriateness for the program. If accepted, the youth will be assigned a therapist and case manager team; and services will be provided for a minimum of one hour face to face contact per week.

You also can refer a youth for COC services, by completing the referral form.