Clean and Sober Calendar
The Clean and Sober Calendar promotes public safety, youth accountability, and treatment for substance abuse byhaving youth appear periodically before the Juvenile Court and having them participate in a treatment program individualized to their specific needs. The program seeks to assist youth with an identified substance abuse problem and who have been evaluated for the need for treatment. The Program is a collaborative effort of the Juvenile Court, Probation Department, Public Defender's and District Attorney's Offices, County Behavioral Wellness Department, and community-based treatment service agencies. The Clean and Sober Calendar replaces the Juvenile Drug Court program that had been in operation since a grant established it several years ago. The Clean and Sober Calendar program offers flexibility and court oversight and treatment intervention options that are tailored to a youth's individual needs. The level of oversight can be increased or decreased depending on a youth's needs and progress in treatment and compliance with probation conditions. The length of the program will depend on progress and compliance but generally will be about a year.
Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA)
The Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act allocates funds annually to provide a continuum of responses to juvenile crime and delinquency. The JJCPA requires a collaborative approach for implementing a system of responses for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders, and requires the formation of a Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council that assists in the development and operation of programs funded by the act. The local plan for the use of JJCPA funds includes allocations for Deputy Probation Officers to supervise higher risk youth in all areas of the County, Officers to supervise younger, less sophisticated first-offenders, and counseling programs that support those supervision programs. The majority of JJCPA funds are used for these supervision programs, High-Risk and Early Intervention.
Early Intervention Program
An Early Intervention (EI) Officer is assigned to each main geographic area of the County and provides early intervention services to younger offenders with little or no history of involvement in the juvenile justice system. EI Officers attempt to steer these offenders away from further involvement in the juvenile justice system. EI Officers work with offenders and their family members in developing pro-social activities and attitudes, and closely monitor compliance with probation terms and conditions. Additionally, EI Officers may refer offenders to local counseling services to address the issues that contributed to an offender's delinquency or to mentoring programs that seek to address delinquency through individual and group interventions.
The Probation Department seeks to further address juvenile crime and delinquency through the use of Officers assigned to High-Risk Caseloads. Youth on these caseloads are generally older and more sophisticated, and have an established history of unlawful and delinquent behavior. Officers assigned to these caseloads maintain regular contact the juvenile offenders and their families, insure attendance and participation in school programs, refer youth to appropriate treatment and counseling programs and services, and periodically conduct searches and chemical testing of youth to insure compliance with probation conditions.
Youthful Offender Block Grant Program
The Probation Department utilizes funds from the State's Youthful Offender Block Grant (YOBG) to provide close supervision for specified offenders and operate a long-term commitment program at the Juvenile Hall. The supervision component consists of a Deputy Probation Officer in each area office who maintains a caseload of juvenile offenders who are on probation for more serious crimes and have a history of delinquency, violence, or gang affiliation. Additionally, each caseload is supported by the services of full time mentors provided by a local community based organization. The mentors maintain regular contact with youth offenders and their families and refer them to appropriate pro-social activities and services. The purpose of the YOBG is to enable local jurisdictions to use State funds to provide services and supervision to juvenile offenders who are no longer eligible to be committed to the State Division of Juvenile Facilities. The intent is to address delinquency and offer interventions at the local level where they have the greatest impact. The Probation Department also operates a commitment program where offenders who have demonstrated their risk to public safety may be detained for an extended period while receiving services in a structured environment designed to negate further delinquency.