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Standard Probation is a form of community supervision for juveniles adjudicated for delinquent offenses. Juvenile Probation Officers carry out a multitude of services when working with youth on probation. These duties include monitoring probationers to ensure that court orders are followed, assessing for needed services for the probationer and family, assessing for risk and public safety concerns, and providing the probationer with opportunities to make amends, as well as preventing progression into more serious problem behavior. The Juvenile Probation Officer is responsible to assist the probationer in becoming a productive member of society.
- Develop relationships with youth and their families to promote positive change and non-delinquent behavior
- Provide the Court with appropriate recommendations to address delinquent behavior
- Individual case plan development to address the risk and needs of the youth
- Complete validated risk assessments to address criminogenic needs
- Coordination and utilization of services that are proven to be evidence based
- Work in partnership with the community and other social service providers to promote community safety and support for the youth and their families
Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision (JIPS) is a highly structured, closely supervised level of court ordered supervision which emphasizes monitored and approved activities such as treatment, work, education and home detention when necessary. The intent of JIPS is to reduce the need for commitment to the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) and out of home placements. Several factors are considered including felony adjudications, results of a validated risk assessment and criminogenic factors and prior history of services.
Core Activities beyond Standard Supervision:
- Tiered levels of supervision (Level I, Level II, and Level III) utilized to promote community safety and youth accountability
- Adherence to at least 32 hours of structured activity each week including school, a treatment program, employment, community restitution, or activities that improve prosocial skill development and family relationships.
Dually Involved Youth Supervision
The Crossover Unit handles cases involving young people who are involved in both the juvenile justice system and the child welfare system (DCS). The Crossover Youth Practice Model provides the framework for current policy and case practices.
- This unit is designed to make sure that young people and their families receive quality care and services from both systems
- To help the case work its way smoothly through the systems, the Crossover unit strives to improve communication among all of the agencies that impact a juvenile’s care: mental/behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile probation, law enforcement and the juvenile court
- Rather than having separate hearings, the court combines the matters so the issues can be addressed at one time and placed under one judge. This helps minimize the amount of time that a youth misses from school and parents miss from work
Sexually Maladaptive Behavior (SMB) Supervision
The SMB Unit provides case management and supervision of youth who are referred to the Juvenile Court for sexual offenses. Probation Officers are provided specialized training and continuing education related to the most current treatment approaches related to juveniles with sexually maladaptive behaviors.
Out-of-Home Care and Treatment Supervision
The Out-of-Home Treatment Supervision Unit Probation Officers provide supervision and case management to juveniles who are placed in out-of-home treatment facilities. The Treatment Supervision Probation Officers have been provided training related to various treatment interventions and assist in developing coordinated treatment plans for the youth in residential facilities.
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