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Screening, Assessment and Detention Continuum for Juveniles. Presented by: Jeff McDonald April 12 – 13, 2011. Why an Assessment Center? . Why an Assessment Center for Jefferson County? . 1992-93. Lack of coordinated juvenile services Juvenile information exchange

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Screening, Assessment and Detention Continuum for Juveniles

Presented by:

Jeff McDonald

April 12 – 13, 2011


Why an Assessment Center for Jefferson County?


  • Lack of coordinated juvenile services
  • Juvenile information exchange
  • Increased lethality of juvenile violence
  • Need for a single point of entry
  • Too many separate juvenile court filings
  • Lengthy time between arrest and court
  • Low-level offenses-high level of intervention

JSPC Mission

The mission of the Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center:

We are an assessment center that is responsive to the safety and well being of youth, families, victims, and the Jefferson County Community.



The goals of the Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center:

  • Family and youth have a single access point
  • Reduce time officers spend with juveniles
  • Respond comprehensively to the whole juvenile
  • Provide multi-agency screening and assessment
  • Ensure community safety
first essential element
First Essential Element

Target Population

target population
Target Population
  • Juveniles from the age of 10 - 17
  • Mildly Intoxicated (BAC below .05)
  • Mild drug impairment
  • Delinquent youth
  • Truant, suspended, expelled youth
  • Fire setters
  • Beyond control of parent
  • Parent/child conflict
  • Mental health issues
  • Municipal juvenile violators/warrants

Who Refers to JCJAC ?

School District


At risk youth

School based threat assessment

Suspended and expelled youth

District Attorney

Sheriff’s Dept.

Low risk offenders and case management services


District Attorney


R-1 Schools


Community Education

Juvenile Justice education and training:

Semi-annual police training

Teacher in-services

Advice Center:

In person or by phone

Self referral

Parents who need help with children

Human Services

Runaways & homeless

Beyond control of parent

Abused and neglected

Arvada & Golden

Municipal probation and diversion services

Municipal warrants: all police agencies

Police officers:

Whether to detain

Alternative to detention

Criminal and academic information

single point of entry
Law enforcement

Stakeholder referrals

Family referrals

Self referrals

No wrong door

Single Point of Entry
jcjac benefits for law enforcement
Law enforcement transports from municipalities and the sheriff's office make up 85% of the youth seen at the JCJAC

Average length of stay of the officer is 5 minutes

Average length of stay of the youth is 4 hours

Financial benefit per transport avg. $90.00 per hour

1594 youth served in 2008

1594 X $360 = $573,840

1594 X 4 hours = 6376 officer hours saved

3 years transport: 2008-1594; 2009-1337; 2010-1267

JCJAC Benefits for Law Enforcement

Primary Services: Law Enforcement Transport

  • After Transport to JCJAC
    • Screening and assessment
    • Referral and recommendations
    • Release to parents/adults
    • Detain/placement via Human Services
    • Psychiatric hold
    • Detention
immediate and comprehensive assessment
Strength based needs assessment

Validated/evidence based screening and assessment tools

Best principles and practices interventions

All community focused

Immediate and Comprehensive Assessment
immediate and comprehensive assessment17
Colorado Juvenile Risk Assessment (CJRA)

Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument Second Version (MAYSI-2)

Substance Use Survey Second Version (SUS-2)

FEMA Fire Risk Interview Forms

Kearney School Refusal Assessment Scale

Immediate and Comprehensive Assessment
primary services detention screens
Youth assessed in the field with the Colorado Juvenile Detention Screening and Assessment Guide (JDSAG)

1. Mandatory hold factors

2. Juvenile warrants

3. Risk of serious/repeated delinquency

4. Risk of self harm (weapons)

5. Public safety risk

6. Family or community resources

Primary Services: Detention Screens
primary services community based treatment referrals
Linkage to services made based on screens and assessment:

Counseling services

Anger management

Drug/alcohol intervention


School based interventions

Mediation services

Primary Services: Community Based Treatment Referrals:
menu of services
Primary Services

Detention Screens

Law Enforcement Transports

Phone Screens

Court Information

Juvenile Justice Training

Community Intervention Referrals

Case Management

Menu of Services
  • Secondary Services
  • Arson Education
  • Time Out
  • Bonding
  • Sex Offender Supervision
  • School Risk Assessment
  • School Notification
  • Data Access
  • Future….
terms of participation
Voluntary participation

Limited length of stay

Controlled entrance

Informed consent and confidentially

Terms of Participation
Follow federal and state guidelines

Memorandum of Understanding

Mandatory reporters

Protect to the best ability

juvenile information systems
Access to view multiple databases

All systems web based

JAC based systems are individualized

All systems secure


Juvenile Information Systems

information systems based or used by jac s
Colorado Trails

Lexis Nexis / Courtlink

Case Management Systems

Record Management Systems

Information Systems Based or used by JAC’s
  • Juvenile Information Sharing
  • C.O.P.S.
  • Infinite Campus
  • Mental Health databases
from the office of the colorado attorney general
(10.5) "Assessment center for children", as used in sections 19-1-303 and 19-1-304, means a multi-disciplinary, community-based center that provides services to children and their families, including, but not limited to, detention screening, case management, and therapeutic intervention relating to delinquency, abuse or neglect, family conflict, and truancy.

From the Office of the Colorado Attorney General
from the office of the colorado attorney general sharing of information
(4.3) School and school district personnel, employees of the state judicial department, employees of state agencies, employees of criminal justice agencies, and employees of assessment centers for children who share information concerning a child pursuant to this part 3 shall be immune from civil and criminal liability if such personnel or employee acted in good faith compliance with the provisions of this part 3.

From the Office of the Colorado Attorney General Sharing of Information
national jis initiative
National JIS Initiative
  • A national OJJDP initiative supported by the Center for Network Development
  • JCJAC is the local pilot site vetting the Juvenile Justice XML Data Model (JJXDM)
  • JJXDM is based on the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)
  • JCJAC is participating with the State of Colorado’s Children and Youth Information Sharing Project using the JIS Guidelines and the NIEM.
  • JJAC will be the first site in the nation to conduct data exchanges in a juvenile environment using the JJXDM
juvenile information sharing
Juvenile Information Sharing

Colorado Children and Youth Information Sharing

program administration
Diverse board representation

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for multi-agencies

Multi-funding of program

Federal, state and local

Established mission/goals

Program Administration
Multi-agency co-location

Ongoing assessment of community needs

Diversity of board

Multi-funding streams

jcjac iga contributions
The breakdown for contributing partners in the

Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) is as follows:

Jefferson County (including the District Attorney, Social Services,

Mental Health) 46%

Jefferson County Public Schools 14%

12 Local Municipalities and Sheriff’s Office 40%

JCJAC IGA Contributions
colorado juvenile assessment center coalition
JAC written into Colorado statues in 2001

Memorandum of Understanding between JACs

Collaboration in ongoing training of center staff

Sharing of information

Description is included in Title 19 of the Colorado Children’s Code

Colorado’s six sites

Colorado Juvenile Assessment Center Coalition
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

National Training and Technical Assistance Center

For more information or assistance