KY DJJ's group homes serve a variety of youth and needs. These programs are able to serve younger and/or less serious offenders than youth development centers. Some group homes also function as step-down programs for youth leaving a residential center that could benefit from a less restrictive level of care before they return home.
Group homes use either day treatment or local public schools for the education component of their programs. Individual and group counseling, substance abuse treatment and community service are all components of group home programs. Generally, youth are placed as geographically close to home as possible.
Each of the 10 state-operated group homes houses ten youths who require a structured setting but pose less of a risk to than youths in development centers.