Juvenile Department Programs include:
The CAP program is a short term community-based program that is designed to provide comprehensive services to youth being considered for placement in a State or County facility. If eligible for the CAP program, the youth’s commitment is suspended and he/she is placed in the CAP program as a condition of probation.
Objectives: The primary purpose of the CAP program is to provide youth with the necessary tools to enhance their ability to experience success in their homes and community. The main objectives of the program are as follows:
Population Served: The program can accommodate up to 6–8 youth. The youth are 12 to 17 years of age and Court ordered into the program. Typically these youth are chronic offenders with numerous Court referrals. They have been provided probationary services and if delinquent behavior continues, he or she will be placed in a County or State facility.Program Components: Youth in the CAP program participate in the following programs/services:
MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT – Youth will be provided a mental health assessment by a Mental Health Provider which may result in further services such as counseling, psychiatric and psychological evaluations.
GIRLS CIRCLE – A model of structured support for girls 9–18 years old. It is designed to encourage the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty, and communications skills for girls. The goal is to enhance girl's abilities so they are able to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits, and potential for healthy relationships.
ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM (ASAP) – Residents will receive educational information/treatment regarding drug and alcohol use and abuse. Residents will learn the steps necessary to maintain a clean/sober healthy lifestyle.
SCHOOL – All youth will attend school. Youth will be assessed by the Instructor and placed in the appropriate academic program, which may include, credit remediation, GED testing, and grade level instruction. Leighton Hall School is a fully accredited school program administered by a Humboldt County School District Teacher. Leighton Hall School offers academic instruction during the summer months.
Diversion Court will provide intervention, supervision, treatment and rehabilitation to juvenile offenders being released from institutions, suffering from drug/alcohol abuse/dependency, academic failure, problems at home, and continued delinquent behavior.
Diversion Court may last from 90 days to 18 months or beyond. The duration of the program will depend upon each individual's needs. Progress in the program will be determined by academic achievement, progress with substance abuse and/or mental health treatment providers, and probation/Court compliance.
At the start of the program youth may test 3 times a week for 60 days. If there are no dirty or missed tests, the Diversion Court will allow the youth to test 2 times per week for the following 60 days. If, during this time, there are no positive or missed tests or missed meetings the Diversion Court will allow the youth to begin testing 1 time per week. Youth on probation will still be subject to random tests at the discretion of their Probation Officer.
Diversion Court will consist of bi–monthly court appearances with the Juvenile Court Master and the Diversion Court Team. Youth may be subject to drug and alcohol testing, including breathalyzer, as deemed necessary by the Diversion Court Team. Youth will also have weekly contact with a Probation Officer and at least 2 home visits per month. Youth may participate in Substance Abuse Counseling, which may include individual and group counseling as deemed appropriate by the Treatment Provider. Youth may participate in Individual and/or Family Counseling with a Mental Health Provider as determined by the Treatment Provider. Youth may be subject to any programming deemed necessary by the Diversion Court Team.
The Evening Reporting Center provides identified juvenile probation offenders with cognitive skills and life skills, in an effort to prevent recidivism, provide alternatives to detention, and therefore reduce reliance on secured detention and state commitments.
The MAGIC Program is an innovative prevention program sponsored by the Pershing County Youth and Family Services and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Service. It is designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society.
The program teaches life skills such as:
Each MAGIC group is made up of youth who are referred into the program by Juvenile Probation Officers and/or the Juvenile Court Master. These youths are first time or less serious offenders. Sexual or violent offenders are not admitted to the program.
Parents and/or guardians of youth offenders also participate in MAGIC. Parents are expected to attend meetings during the course of the program. Parents will learn techniques for:
The Life is Good Girls Club is an organization, comprised of girls ages 13-18, that develops:
The skills are developed through book discussions, guest speakers, self-image lessons, as well as community involvement. Anyone interested in Girls Club may join. The Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 4:00p.m. to 6:00pm, at the Community Recreation Room.