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On-Site Programs
The detention facility will implement a number of programs designed to provide support for the juvenile and family in an attempt to empower them to become more socially adept and to stabilize and support healthy social development. The programs include:
  • Housekeeping: Youth will be required on a daily basis to perform certain housekeeping functions under the supervision of staff.
  • Leisure time activities: For those youth who earn it, leisure time activities such as games, guest speakers, appropriate movies and reading materials are provided. All movies, books and magazines brought into the facility will be approved by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.
  • Family Mediation: Mediation seeks to resolves specific issues the family is experiencing.
  • Girls' Circle: This is a gender-specific program designed for girls to raise self-esteem and work with gender-specific issues. Girls' Circle is recognized as a promising approach in the Model Programs Guide of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Outcomes showed significant increases in self-efficacy, body image, and social connection.
  • Council for Boys: The council is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys' and young men's safe, strong, and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. The council meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships.
  • Parenting Wisely: Parenting Wisely (PW) is a parenting skills education system.
  • Why Try: Why Try helps youth learn the following skills: anger management, problem solving, dealing with peer pressure, living with laws and rules, building a support system, and having a positive view of the future.
  • Anger Management: The program teaches anger management skills such as the STAR (stop, think, act, reflect) method.
  • Individual mental health counseling: This treatment will be provided by contracted service providers that will work with the youth individually and in groups.
  • Individual drug and alcohol counseling: Youth who are already engaged in drug and alcohol counseling will be able to continue those services while in detention with a contracted drug and alcohol counselor.
  • Thinking for a Change: Thinking for a Change is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for youth offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.