Non-Court and Court Involved Youth
Walk-In and Crisis Intervention
Families needing immediate family or youth intervention can call or walk-in to set an appointment with the on-call probation staff (usually that day or the next) in hopes of offering immediate family support.
This program is an activity based curriculum designed to empower parents with the skills necessary to transform adolescent destructive behavior and to teach behavior management techniques. There is no cost to parents to complete this program and all materials necessary to complete the course are provided.
This series consists of 9 workbooks which use evidence based strategies to assist youth involved with the Criminal Justice System in making positive changes to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The probation department offers groups for 5 of the 9 journals. The youth start with the “What Got Me Here” workbook and progress through the series utilizing workbooks appropriate to their situation. The workbooks used include: What Got Me Here, Substance Abuse, Responsible Behavior, Individual Change Plan, Family, Handling Difficult Feelings, Relationships and Communication, Victim Awareness, and Reentry Planning. This class is available to all community youth, not just those formally involved in the system.
Performing various community service projects enables a youth to engage in the community and repair the harm caused to it from the offense committed. This gives youth the opportunity to redeem themselves for their unacceptable behavior.
The Alternatives Youth Diversion Program is designed for individuals under 21 years of age who have been arrested for alcohol and other drug-related violations. This program is designed not only to give you facts, but also the tools and support to help you make positive changes to your behavior every day. This program will work best if you are willing to explore the choices that led to your offense, and openly express your thoughts and feelings about your current situation. Your time here can have a positive impact on your life. It is up to you to make the most of it.
Drug testing is available to parents wanting to know if their child is using substances. There is a cost for the test and we are not able to prosecute youth based on the results.
Many youth require different levels of supervision depending on their risk. Often electronic devices help in monitoring our highest risk offenders while providing additional safety for the public.
Making victims whole is paramount in our day to day dealing with offenders. Whenever possible, restitution is collected and given back to victims of juvenile crime. There are limits as younger juveniles do not have access to jobs. In those cases we can assist in informing victims how to collect restitution through civil court proceedings.
Court supervision, including informal supervision or supervision consent decrees, where Probation Officers monitor compliance with Court orders and supervision requirements. requirements.
Juvenile Drug Court
Juvenile Drug Court is a program of treatment for adolescents that have problems with drugs or alcohol. The program differs from traditional substance abuse treatment in that the Juvenile Drug Court supervises the program. A “Team” consists of a substance abuse treatment provider, deputy public defender, deputy district attorney, juvenile drug court coordinator, juvenile probation officer, and Court Master. This team establishes the treatment plan for the youth and tracks progress in the program.
A structured support group for girls from 9-18 years which integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths and competence in girls. Also, offered under the model is Mother-Daughter Circle, for mothers or female caregivers and their daughters. This class is available to all community youth, not just those formally involved in the system.
A strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives - individually and collectively! This class is available to all community youth, not just those formally involved in the system.
China Springs Youth Camp/Aurora Pines Girls Facility
Correctional residential services for youth who require removal from the community due to continued delinquent activity and are failing probation services. Generally youth are placed for a period of 4-6 months and then reintegrated back into the community under court supervision.
Residential Treatment Facilities
Various residential treatment programming is available for youth whose treatment concerns cannot be safely managed in the community. These can include sex offense specific treatment, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and treatment for co-occurring disorders. The treatment options include both in state and out of state facilities based on the specific needs of the youth.
Commitment to State Correctional Facility
Occasionally the youth’s behavior and delinquent activity rises to the level that there are no appropriate community or residential services to address their risk to the community. A commitment to a State Correctional facility is then recommended. These programs are part of the State Juvenile Justice system.