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 assist them in developing appropriate coping skills to better deal with daily life situations. Detention Services is a 144-bed facility, which consists of a 57-bed short-term detention facility that houses both male and female youth pending court disposition or transfer to another jurisdiction, a 24-bed residential treatment option (the JCARE Programs) for boys who may typically have been committed to the Ohio Department of Youth Services and a 27-bed short-term correctional high-impact intervention program. Currently, 108 of these beds are utilized as needed.
Detention Bed Table Breakdown:
|Correction (short term)||24||3||27|
|JCARE ART (residential)||16||0||16|
|JCARE STP (residential)||8||0||8|
|Detention (general population)||48||9||57|
Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center received, through the Ohio Department of Youth Services’ Detention Alternative Enhancement Initiative, grant funds to improve the overall wellness of youth within the Detention Center by enhancing existing programs and services. Upon awards on July 1, 2016, Detention started with two initial programs:
Since implementation, youth specialist and volunteers provide daily services to youth on all units within Detention Services. Since August 2016, working through the wellness wheel and skills groups, the youth have experienced, received and generated rich conversations about their understanding of overall health and wellness. The youth expressed interest in improving their education, understanding and learning how to achieve goals, jobs/careers and shared desire to figure out ways to improve their lives and their communities. They were able to discuss personal, family and community concerns, talk about problems and ways to address them, as well as interact with positive community members.
Below are the housing statistics for the Detention Center during 2017:
|Total Days of Care||12,731||3,411||16,142|
|Average Daily Population||27.12||7.5||34.61|
|Average Length of Stay||16.20||10.27||14.44|
|Total Days of Care||2,060||171||2,231|
|Average Daily Population||4.65||.46||5.11|
|Average Length of Stay||114.44||171||117.42|
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 5-day tier and a 10-day tier. The program consists of 24 beds for boys and 12 beds for girls, ages 10 – 17 years of age. 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 their behaviors/interactions, with the ongoing feedback and support of staff.
Below are the housing statistics for Corrections during 2017:
|Total Days of Care||1,377||672||2,049|
|Average Daily Population||3.21||1.57||4.78|
|Average Length of Stay||7.06||7.30||7.14|
The JCARE/ART (Juvenile Cognitive Alternative Rehabilitative Effort/Aggression Replacement Training) Program is a comprehensive 16-bed treatment program in a structured, safe and supportive environment designed for moderate to high-risk male youth, 12 – 19 years of age, who would otherwise be committed to the 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.
The JCARE/STP (Juvenile Cognitive Alternative Rehabilitative Effort/Specialized Treatment Program) is an 8-bed sex offender specific program for males who are adjudicated sex offenders aged 14-18 of all felony levels, who would otherwise be committed to the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Through a contract, Lighthouse Youth Services provides the sex offender treatment, which utilizes the evidence based modality of cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention planning to allow youth to be involved in group sessions that addresses inappropriate sexual behavior and offense. This is the core modality of JCARE/STP.
Below are the housing statistics for JCARE/ART and JCARE/STP during 2017:
|Total Days of Care||4,253||0||4,253|
|Average Daily Population||9.88||0||9.88|
|Average Length of Stay||85.06||0||85.06|
|Total Days of Care||2,660||0||2,660|
|Average Daily Population||5.23||0||5.23|
|Average Length of Stay||147.77||0||147.77|
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 the Juvenile Justice Charter School. The academic program includes math, social studies, science, life skills, language arts, physical education and health taught by licensed State of Ohio teachers. In addition, specialized tutoring for youth functioning significantly below grade level is provided through the Court’s Title I program. JCARE youth may earn credits towards graduation and are provided a transcript upon release. Youth in detention and in the corrections program receive grades for the periods of time they were housed in our facility. Grades for these students are not sent out automatically, but at the request of the home school.
The Court Intervention Specialist position was developed to provide educational support services for youth detained in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center. The Court Intervention Specialist is responsible for collecting all IEP (Individualized Education Program) and ETR (Evaluation Team Report) records for all of the youth and to assist teachers in using the IEP goals, objectives, modifications and accommodations for each identified student.
Other 2017 Accomplishments/Goals include:
Detention Services continues to participate in the National School Lunch Program, which includes the School Breakfast Program and Afterschool Snack Program, to provide all youth healthy and nutritious meals.