Division of Community Services
The Division of Community Services provides intake, case management, probation, supervision, detention planning, aftercare supervision and Re-entry services. In some areas of the state, local municipalities provide intake and probation or shared services with the Department. Intake is the decision-making point at which a youth is either diverted from or formally processed into the juvenile justice system.
Case management involves developing a plan that the Juvenile Probation/Parole Specialist (JPPS) pursues to rehabilitate a youth and prevent further involvement with the court. The JPPS provides guidance and supervision, and may network with other social service providers in the community for appropriate program referrals.
Probation services provide individualized and measurably effective supervision and services directed toward the youth’s identified risks and needs, and ensure compliance with the juvenile court’s Order of Probation. Probation supervision will include Balanced and Restorative Justice Practices and Graduated Sanctions.
Office of Re-Entry Services implements the final phase of a youth’s transition plan as he/she returns to the community. Each youth has an individualized transition plan which includes their risk level along with their identified needs. The Office of Re-Entry Services facilitates a youth’s connections to services and supports the youth for up to 60 days or longer if needed.