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- Common Pleas Court - Juvenile Division
- Juvenile Center
The Court also operates the Washington County Juvenile Center, a residential treatment and rehabilitation program for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 which lasts an average of six months. The Center can accommodate 25 children in the program.
The Center’s mission is to provide a safe, structured residential environment where a delinquent youth receives professional help and support to address the problems causing the negative behaviors that brought the youth to Court through a behavior modification program. The center challenges the residents to modify their behaviors by changing the way they think.
The Judge, recognizing the importance of involving the youth’s family in the program, orders parents to participate in family counseling, team meetings, parent/teacher conferences, and parenting education classes conducted at the Center.
The Center is an evidence based residential rehabilitation facility for delinquent youth committed by the Court. The Center program incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy components that emphasize positive reinforcement. The Center can accommodate 15 boys and 10 girls, between the ages of 12 and 18. The program consists of five zones.
Youth will be required, as appropriate, to complete and participate in the following: Victim Awareness; the Just Thinking Workbook; the Staying on Track Workbook; Thinking Errors; The Process of Deterrence; Skill Streaming Groups; Thought Chart Groups; Goal Setting Groups; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Aggression Replacement Training; and Teen Addictions and Recovery Workbook.
Other components of the program include an on-site school with two teachers; individual and family counseling; drug and alcohol counseling; anger management counseling and court ordered parenting classes. In addition, upon the youth’s release, the counselor stays involved through a weekly aftercare group to address post release issues.
The Center operates under rules established by the Ohio Department of Youth Services and is inspected by the Department each year.
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