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Fresno County Juvenile Probation

Fresno County Juvenile Probation

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  • 1. Fresno County Probation Department Juvenile Division & Services
  • 2. Mission
    • As a member of the criminal justice system, the Fresno County Probation Department’s mission is to provide protection for the community, support victim advocacy, and deliver essential services to the courts. This mission is accomplished through collaboration and partnerships which encompass acontinuum of sanctions including prevention/intervention programming, investigation, supervision, and incarceration.
  • 3. Equal Opportunity
    • Fresno County Juvenile Probation is a public service provider supervising criminally involved youth on probation. Working closely with the Department of Social Services, the goal of Fresno County Probation is to improve permanency, safety and well being of the minors.
    • Placement in out of home care, such as group home, relative, non relative and foster care can be required. The minors in need of out of home care have often experienced neglect, and abuse. Finding a suitable placement can at times be difficult, as the intensive needs of this population require specific care for each child.
  • 4. Equal Opportunity
    • Fresno County Probation Department, Juvenile Division honors social justice and human rights by providing services to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth as well as minorities and the low income population.
    • They take pride in being a diverse work environment, providing equal opportunities to all ethnicities, and genders.
    • Employees are required to attend trainings such as Disproportionate Minority Contact training (DMC) which equips them with the tools to improve life opportunities for youth, families, and minorities.
  • 5. Structural organization for juvenile services: Chief Juvenile Division Director Probation Services Manager Deputy Probation Officer IV Deputy Probation Officer III Deputy Probation Officer II Deputy Probation Officer I
  • 6. Placement Unit
    • The Juvenile Placement Unit places minors removed from the custody of their parents by Juvenile Court order.  Based on individual level of care needed, minors are placed in group homes, foster homes or other appropriate out-of-home placements.  Some wards are returned to the custody of the parents after successful intervention but, if there is no parent available for return, a plan for emancipation is developed. All wards are supervised in placement by assigned Deputy Probation Officers, and are seen on a monthly basis. This unit also operates a pre-placement supervision program (sometimes in conjunction with Electronic Monitoring) in an effort to strengthen/stabilize the ward's home environment to negate the need for out-of-home placement .
    • Another prevention service is the S.B. 163 Wraparound program to assist minors while they transition home with parent or relative/non-relative.
    • Officers in the Placement Unit conduct annual on-site evaluations of group home placement providers and monthly warrant sweep operations. In addition, “The Group Home Advisory Committee,” consisting of representatives from all Group Homes, meets quarterly at the Probation Department to discuss issues, concerns, and best practices for providing the most effective treatment for minors in their homes
  • 7. Academic Services
    • A full spectrum of educational services is provided to all minors. The Fresno County Court Schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and provides a comprehensive curriculum that allows for maximum continuity with the public school program. The curriculum includes all courses necessary for graduation from high school. Students who meet these requirements while in custody are presented a diploma by the Fresno County Officer of Education. General Education Development (GED) preparation is provided for all eligible minors.
  • 8. Court Services
    • Juvenile Investigations is a mandated service provided to the Juvenile Court. After adjudication of a petition filed by the District Attorney, an in-depth social study is completed which includes recommendations to the Court for disposition purposes. This unit also provides the Court with written information and recommendations for record sealing. In addition there are assigned Court Officers  in each of the Juvenile Court  delinquency departments .
  • 9. Day Reporting Center
    • The Day Reporting Center (D.R.C.) is a community-based treatment program; multi-disciplinary in nature; and located at the Violet Heintz Educational Academy in the City of Fresno.  D.R.C. is an alternative to incarceration; however, does incorporate an initial 30 days on the Electronic Monitoring Program.  The program employs three Deputy Probation Officers and one Juvenile Correctional Officer.  Components of the Day Reporting Center program include the following:
    • Education - RSP services are available for Special Education students.
    • Mental Health Services and Case Management (approximately 2 hours per week).
    • Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (approximately 2 hours per week).
    • Electronic Monitoring.
    • Probation Supervision/Case Management.
  • 10. Day Reporting Center
    • Minors, male and female, aged 14-18 years are eligible for the program.  The program contains an education component and a treatment component.  The two treatment options available are: standard mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment, of which the minors receive approximately two hours of treatment per week for each type of treatment.  A minor can be ordered to participate in one or both treatment options.  the total length of the program is 120-180 days.
  • 11. Programs/Activities Available at the Day Reporting Center:
    • Mental Health Counseling (approximately 2 hours per week).
    • Westcare Substance Abuse Counseling (approximately 2 hours per week).
    • Explorers (Boy Scouts): Specializing in video production.
    • Organized Sports Teams: Minors play against other alternative education campuses.
    • Field Trips
    • Guest Speakers
  • 12. Field Supervision Services
    • Juvenile Supervision is provided for minors and wards (W&I 602) to ensure accountability and compliance with Juvenile Court orders or W&I Code Section 654 (Informal Probation) sanctions. The primary goal of supervision is protection of the community through intervention directed modification. Supervision of minors incorporates both community and office contacts.
  • 13. Campus Supervision Service
    • The operational goals of the Campus Probation officers are, through a cooperative effort involving probation, police, schools, and community-based agencies, to closely monitor and supervise juvenile probationers within designated schools.  Further, the program is actively involved in developing and operating a spectrum of intervention and/or diversion programs designed to improve behavior in the community, home, and school and to restrict further entry of minors into the Juvenile Justice System
  • 14. Services offered for juvenile offenders serving a custodial commitment
  • 15. Floyd Farrow Substance Abuse Program
    • The Substance Abuse Program is run as a therapeutic community. This means that minors themselves are responsible for holding each other accountable, and helping each other in treatment.
    • This is a 180 day program open to males and females.
    • Individual counseling is on an as-needed basis, at a minimum 1 time per week for both substance abuse and mental health.
  • 16. Floyd Farrow Substance Abuse Program
    • Recreational Therapy: This provides minors with an opportunity to learn sober activities that can be substituted for drug use, to alleviate mental health symptoms, and improve overall health. The Focus teaches minors to utilize time in a constructive and positive way
    • Process groups: Will address issues of personal responsibilities with activities such as journals, daily self-responsibility, behavior in the unit, and progress toward goals. This group also will deal with evaluations, level advancement, and disciplinary actions. Group size is a maximum of 10 clients.
    • Life Skills: Focuses on teaching minors skills needed to survive on the "outs" such as balancing check books, job hunting, interview skills, resume writing, and applying for schools, colleges, etc.
    • Community groups: Provide opportunities for youth to have an active voice in the treatment community. They can discuss concerns or make suggestions during the Community Meeting, which includes everyone in the unit. Youth are encouraged to confront and address peer behaviors that are not supportive of the community or healthy living. Clients can address these matters as a group, with staff oversight. Participants come together to resolve shared problems, plan activities, give and receive feedback to shape pro-social behavior, and share successes and failures.
  • 17. Floyd Farrow Substance Abuse Program
    • Psycho-educational Groups: Family group counseling is provided weekly in a multi-family group setting. During the initial phase of the program, members will be informed of the family support group and invited to participate. Any family member can speak with the substance abuse specialist at any time. Group size will vary according to parental attendance and type of family group. Family awareness (topic groups) are for parents only.
    • Family Groups: Focuses on prevention topics discussed above and allows families to share experiences with other families. Many families identify a fear of talking about "family secrets." Some "secrets" include other members using drugs, violence in the home, financial struggles, judicial problems, and fears of losing their children. The group is designed to allow members to speak freely, and fosters mutual identification of possible solutions to common problems. Many issues, such a domestic violence/incest are referred for further assistance to appropriate resources.
    • Gender Groups: Gender-specific treatment for both male and female minors with certified counselors focusing on unique gender treatment needs and issues such as sexuality, male/female roles, identity issues, cultural gender expectations, health issues specific to genders, etc. "Voices" by Stephanie Covington is the girls' gender-specific curriculum, and Hazelton's "Young Men's Lives" is in the process of being implemented for the boys gender-responsive group.
    • Anger management: Focuses on recognizing anger and its relationships to criminal and drug using behavior, teaches minors to recognize types of anger, recognize triggers specific to each individual, as well as coping skills
  • 18. Floyd Farrow Substance Abuse Program
    • Gender Groups: Gender-specific treatment for both male and female minors with certified counselors focusing on unique gender treatment needs and issues such as sexuality, male/female roles, identity issues, cultural gender expectations, health issues specific to genders, etc. "Voices" by Stephanie Covington is the girls' gender-specific curriculum, and Hazelton's "Young Men's Lives" is in the process of being implemented for the boys gender-responsive group.
    • Anger management: Focuses on recognizing anger and its relationships to criminal and drug using behavior, teaches minors to recognize types of anger, recognize triggers specific to each individual, as well as coping skills
    • Psycho Education: Focus is to educate minors on drugs use, relationship issues, family dynamics and topics that might or might not be covered in other groups. The group's format is more instructional although minor's participation is always encouraged.
    • Art therapy: These groups are used to help minors find different ways of expressing themselves through different means. Various avenues of art are utilized to facilitate growth, self awareness, and understanding.
  • 19. New Horizons Program
    • The mission of the Juvenile Justice Campus New Horizons Program is to provide a therapeutic community model to juvenile offenders. All disciplines (teachers, probation officers, group counselors, substance abuse counselors, mental health clinicians, family support partners, and families) work together for a common goal - the positive growth and development of adolescents. It also holds offenders accountable for their criminal behavior and prepares them for community re-integration.
    • This program is an all male, year long commitment.
  • 20. Boys & Girls Club
    • This service provides pre-release and post-release services for youth at the Juvenile Justice Campus (JJC) including social and life skill building, vocational and career development and psycho-educational programming. This includes character development, leadership, and recreational opportunities. A Boys & Girls Club has been established on the campus of the JJC for after-school programs and activities
    • This Pilot Program also provides for critical "Post-Release" services that target re-entry services for a minimum of 20 youth who participated in the Boys & Girls Club at the JJC for transition back into the community .
  • 21. Boys & Girls Club
    • During the re-entry process from JJC into the community these 20 youth will be transitioned to a designated Boys & Girls Club near their residence. They will continue their relationships with case management and supervision towards a successful transition back into the community. Each youth will receive services for a minimum of 9 months and no longer than one year. Pre-release services will be initiated a minimum of 90 days prior to discharge.
  • 22. Boys & Girls Club
    • Minors to participate must be role models in the pod, an be involved in one of the following:
    • Thinking for a Change The "Thinking for a Change" curriculum uses, a problem-solving program enhanced by both cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions. The Thinking for a Change curriculum is provided to minors by officers within the JJC in all Pods, three times per week. 
    • Faith based Services volunteers provide religious services and guidance to minors within the JJC, including special presentations.
    • Alcoholic Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Provides minors with drug and alcohol counseling/assistance and provides support to minors that have with family members with a history of drug and alcohol abuse