The Juvenile Probation Department endeavors, whenever possible, to utilize community based counseling programs, volunteer organizations, day treatment programs, as well as internal departmental services designed to reduce delinquency. The following is a list of diversion and preventative efforts that have been undertaken by the Juvenile Probation Department to stem the tide in delinquency. .
Cognitive Behavioral Curriculum and Lehigh County Juvenile Probation Coordinated/Facilitated Programming
Also known as anger management. Juvenile either has a current referral for an offense against person or a history of physically acting out against others. For clients who score moderate to very high on YLS. 30 hours in length (1 1/2 hours twice per week) and run by Abraxas. Cognitive based program. (10 and 11 year olds are not appropriate)
Also known as the Underage Drinking Program. For juveniles that are arrested for underage drinking, D.U.I. and/or drinking issues should be referred to this program. There is a $60 fee to participate in the program. Referrals also come from the Magisterial District Justices.
10 weeks of art instruction at the Baum School of Art by a professional art teacher. Preferred ages 13-18. A 12 year old can be considered with a discussion with the program coordinator.
Juvenile must be at least 13 years of age. Used to hold youth accountable for their delinquent actions.
Juvenile must be between the ages of 10-12. A young 13 year old can be referred but must be approved by the program coordinator. They can earn up to $250 in restitution if they complete the program. The program is 6 classes, one and a half hours each. Usually runs over six weeks but can be done twice per week for three weeks. Areas discussed include the juvenile justice system, anger and feelings, drugs and alcohol, victim awareness, and decision-making. A final project is required for graduation.
Juvenile must be 13 years of age or older and owe restitution. (Up to $1,000.00 can be paid out)
In these groups, juveniles will complete community service hours while incorporating pro-social skill building, moral reasoning, and life skill building. They are taught the importance of positive relationships and enhancing their abilities to make better decisions.
This is an evidenced based program designed to bring about change in offenders behavior through cognitive learning. Programs vary in length depending on which topic is offered. The two main topics we are offering at this time include anger (5-8 sessions) and Misdemeanors (5 sessions).
Juveniles can be placed on GPS without a court order for a specific period, usually no longer than 30 days, should be told to the client. Schedule must be completed by PO. Terms and conditions of GPS must be signed. Court order sent to Judge at the end of monitoring period ordering costs of program. Cost is $6.50 per day.
Cognitive based program for moderate to very high-risk youth. Various topics however, presently we are only offering Responsible Behavior and Substance Using Behaviors and Victim Awareness in the group setting. For youth 14-18 years old.
Other journals offered for one on one with their Probation Officer include: What got me here, Individual Change Plan, Handling Difficult Feelings, Relationships and Communication, and Family.
Girls group which is a structured support group for girls 13-18 years old. Integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training along with girl's personal experiences. There is a focus on trauma and victimization. Facilitated by staff from Justice Works. Can be used along with the Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM), which is individual/family services provided to the girl and her family. GEM can begin while still in placement.
Similar to Electronic Monitoring (GPS) but without the bracelet. The juvenile and parent/guardian must sign terms and conditions.
An early intervention class for teens at risk of marijuana dependence. Topics include triggers, refusal skills, decision making, and consequences of use. This program is 5 weeks long with each session lasting for 1 1/2 hours. The facilitator is a representative from the Caron Foundation. The program is useful for those juveniles experimenting and probably don't need more counseling or inpatient rehab. It can be used as a sanction.
Referrals are made in August/September and December/January. Runs eight weeks per semester. Preferred age 13 and older. Referrals should include juveniles that are interested in college or have academic potential to go to college. Also, for juveniles to improve social skills and be exposed to positive peer interactions. Tutoring, mentoring, snacks, activities and exposure to campus life. Project Impact is the provider.
The juvenile needs to have been arrested at some point for this offense whether or not it is the current referral. There is no fee presently. It consists of a total of six hours of classes. Referrals are presently not being accepted from the Magisterial District Justices.
For the juvenile offenders diagnosed with a serious mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities, on official probation. All cases are reviewed for acceptance. A psychiatric or psychological evaluation completed in the last year is required. Appropriate diagnoses include but are not limited to: Bipolar, Major Depression, Schizophrenia, psychotic disorder, and Intellectual disabilities. A team consisting of specialized Juvenile Probation Officers/ Case-managers will meet with the juvenile and their family on a set schedule to provide intensive supervision.
This cognitive, evidence based program consists of 25 lessons (1 1/2 hours each, twice per week) to change thinking and behaviors. For clients who score moderate to high in attitudes/orientations or personality or moderate to very high in overall score on YLS. Juveniles who score low are not appropriate for this program. Group tends to be gender specific and 14 years and older. If there were enough interest for a younger group, we would consider running a separate group.
For those juveniles, 13 and older, who have an offense against person or property. Three-hour class. This curriculum is also part of the Young Offender class for 10-12 year olds. (Eva oversees this)
A face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim of a crime and the person who committed the crime.
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101-1614 • (610) 782-3000