Juvenile Drug Court targets juvenile offenders referred for
substance abuse offenses and assists these youth and their families to
become successful in leading drug-free, law-abiding, productive
lives. The Drug Court Program seeks to address both the issues that
lead to drug use and the drug use itself. The program offers eligible
youth a voluntary opportunity to receive substance abuse treatment as
an alternative to being placed on formal probation for the law
violation. A wraparound service treatment model is utilized to
provide the services that youth and their families need to be
successful, such as counseling/therapy, drug treatment, drug education
and family preservation services.
The Juvenile Offending Caseload provides specialized probation supervision as well as an oversight of court-ordered treatment for juveniles adjudicated for sex offenses. Juveniles on this caseload are expected to participate in a nine-to-12 month program of mandatory treatment that includes individual, family and group therapy. Attendance at treatment sessions is closely monitored by specialized probation officers and by a licensed sex offender treatment provider. Family members are required to attend specific family treatment sessions to assist their juvenile in working on issues to avoid re-offending. Supervision of the case may last up to two years and requires adherence to a specific set of conditions for supervision.
The FPP is a collaborative partnership between Mental Health Mental
Retardation of Tarrant County (MHMR) and Tarrant County Juvenile
Services to provide intensive, home-based services for juveniles on
probation with mental health needs. FPP operates from a team-focused,
strength-based platform, employing a team that consists of a juvenile
probation officer, a therapist, and family members. FPP offers an
additional pathway to serve more intense mental health needs of youth
through a contract with MHMR to provide an in-home array of Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy strategies to assist youth and families in removing
mental and emotional barriers to successful functioning.
Residential placement of youth on probation is utilized when less restrictive efforts to gain compliance and achieve law abiding behaviors have been ineffective. Prior to placing a child, community supervision and resources will have been utilized to impact the youth's behavior. Placement decisions are based upon evidence of a significant history of delinquency referrals, an essential need for rehabilitative services not available in the community, or the possibility of being ordered to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Youth placed at the expense of the department must be on formal probation.
In selecting a placement program, significant consideration is given
to matching the juvenile's needs with the facility most able to
address those needs, which may include legal, social, psychological,
educational or medical needs.
Shared Visions for Success is a partnership between Tarrant County
Juvenile Services and Child Protective Services (CPS) to increase
coordination and service delivery for youth who are dually engaged in
juvenile justice and the Department of Family and Protective
Services. The program emphasizes joint assessment, case planning and
shared communication to remove barriers for families and enhance the
well-being and functioning of families and youth at risk for continued
and future involvement with these agencies.
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