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DHS Intensive Prevention Services (IPS)

Supporting youth with disciplinary issues to prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.


If your child, or a child you know, is having disciplinary issues at school, home, or in the community, Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) can help. IPS is a community-based prevention program offered to youth aged 10 to 19 who are at risk for involvement with the Juvenile Justice System. IPS provides meaningful programming through fun activities, experiences, and community engagement, promoting the healthy development of each child while addressing the behaviors that brought them into the program.

What to expect at IPS

Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) is a community-based prevention program offered to youth aged 10 to 19. IPS provides support to youth who are having disciplinary issues at school or conflicts at home. The goal is to improve their behavior and prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.

Through fun activities, meaningful experiences, and community engagement, IPS promotes the healthy development of each child brought into the program. Our providers create safe spaces to nurture the kinds of positive behaviors and skills that lead to healthy development.

Each participant gets a customized service plan to:

  • Strengthen their sense of self worth.
  • Enhance life skills.
  • Provide academic support.
  • Improve relationships at home, at school, and in the community.

Youth are referred to IPS by families, schools, the court system, or the police department. Services are free and located in six agencies across Philadelphia.


  • Youth aged between 10-19
  • Youth who are having reoccurring discipline problems at home, school, or in the community
  • Youth who are being diverted from arrest via the School Police Diversion Program

IPS locations

For more information, please contact the IPS provider nearest you:

South Philadelphia
Diversified Community Services
1529 South 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 336-5505
West Philadelphia
The Bridge
4115 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 350-7636
Northwest Philadelphia
Juvenile Justice Center of Philadelphia
100 West Coulter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 849-2112
Northeast Philadelphia
CORA Services
8540 Verree Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19111
(215) 342-7660
Norris Square Community Alliance
174 W. Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 426-8734
North Philadelphia
PAAN – Phila Anti-Violence Anti-Drug Network
2700 North 17th St. Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19132
(215) 940-0550