Jimmie L. Carter, Director
Detention Services provides a comprehensive program for Pre and Post dispositional youth in a safe and secure environment, while protecting the public safety. The youth range in ages from 8 to 18 years. During the youth’s stay, staff assists them in developing appropriate coping skills to better deal with daily life situations. Detention Services consists of an 84-bed short-term detention facility that houses both male and female youth pending court disposition or transfer to another jurisdiction.
Below are the housing statistics for the Detention Center during 2010:
|Total Days of Care||18,494||5,232||23,726|
|Average Daily Population||44.60||12.15||56.75|
|Average Length of Stay||13.41||8.41||11.85|
The Corrections Program is an alternative disposition for adjudicated youth who have demonstrated by their Court history, they are in need of an immediate short-term, high impact intervention programming. The Corrections program consists of a 3 day tier; a 10 day tier; and a 20 day tier. The program consists of 24-beds for boys and 12-beds for girls, age’s 10-17-years old. Each tier utilizes the Behavior Management Program which teaches each youth to recognize their behaviors/interactions and to take the necessary steps in becoming responsible for these behaviors/interactions, with the ongoing feedback and support of staff.
Below are the housing statistics for Corrections during 2010:
|Total Days of Care||6,675||2,748||9,423|
|Average Daily Population||16.38||6.70||23.08|
|Average Length of Stay||12.62||12.72||12.65|
JCARE is a comprehensive 24-bed treatment program in a structured, safe and supportive environment designed for moderate to high-risk male youth, ages 12-19 years old, which would otherwise be committed to Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS). The program utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model, which focuses on criminogenic risk factors through cognitive restructuring and skill development along with a curriculum of Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART). ART is another cognitive behavioral intervention program utilized to help the youth self-direct change. The overall program goal for the youth is to develop more adaptive life skills and to increase the likelihood that they use these skills in their personal lives, both within and outside the facility. The youth may be in the program for up to one year.
Below are the housing statistics for the Juvenile Cognitive Alternative Rehabilitation Effort (JCARE) during 2010:
|Total Days of Care||4,391||0||4,391|
|Average Daily Population||10.95||0||10.95|
|Average Length of Stay||77.03||0||77.03|
Upon admission, each youth receives a physical by a contracted physician as well as routine medical care. Youth needs include OB/GYN care for pregnant females, diabetes, seizure disorders, sexually transmitted diseases and injuries. Emergency medical care is also available through contract services with area hospitals. The Registered Nurse (R.N.) and Trained Medical Technician (T.M.T.) provide pre-physicals, medication distribution and health education. They also communicate with parents and guardians regarding the medical needs of a youth.
School is mandatory for every youth regardless of his/her status in the home school. Academic education is provided through Detention’s chartered educational program. The academic program includes reading, math, social studies, science, life skills, language arts, physical education and health taught by certified State of Ohio teachers. In addition, specialized tutoring for youth functioning significantly below grade level is provided through the Court’s Title One program.
The Transition Specialist position was developed to provide support services for youth detained in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center. The Transition Specialist serves as a liaison between the youth, the family, the schools, the probation officers and various education and social service agencies. The greatest interruption to return to school has been expulsion and pending treatment issues.
An increasing number of youth have mental health needs. Psychiatric consultation is available twenty hours a week and crisis intervention is provided seventy-six hours a week by Crisis Care. Crisis Care provides evaluation, counseling, crisis intervention, and psychotropic medication monitoring.