The detention facility is a secured facility. Juveniles that are admitted are court-ordered into our facility or meet our intake screening criteria.
Our major responsibilities are to provide a safe and secure facility for youths held in custody; providing services such as food, clothing, medical care, education (including drug, alcohol, and mental health screening and referrals), recreation, religious, and counseling opportunities and necessary resources for other specific needs.
The control center is manned twenty-four hours a day. The officer in the control center is responsible for the surveillance and operation of all controls, including all movement between rooms/hallways, and any communications. The following pictures depict the area of the intake hallways and the control room.
Once a youth is admitted into our facility, they go through an orientation procedure to familiarize them with our facility and expectations. We currently operate a level system that ties expectations with behavior. Youth move up or down the level system based on their attitude, behavior, cooperation and interaction with staff and other detained youths. Higher levels allow the youths more time out of their rooms in the later afternoon, evenings and weekends as well as additional earned privileges.
Medical services are provided within the facility including health screening, consultation, coordination of medications, referrals, and complete physicals.
The school program is available to all youth and operates five days a week. The school program strives to provide continuity in education, making accessible work assigned by local schools where possible. Additionally, students with parent and school district approval can work toward a General Educational Development (GED) equivalency exam.
In coordination with local agencies, individual assessments and counseling services are available for drug, alcohol, mental health, and physical or sexual abuse issues. A volunteer coordinates AA/NA group sessions, which are comprised of many volunteers. Another volunteer coordinates, organizes and schedules the non-denominational ministry program. The coordinator is an active volunteer counselor as well.