than half of DJJ's population is released from detention
within 10 days. Having one facility that focuses on
this group allows DJJ to identify issues with those
young people, connect with their families and make
As a single point of entry into the juvenile system,
(DJJ) incorporates basic elements in the first 10
days a youth is in detention. These elements include
physical and mental health assessments, orientation,
case management intake, screening for substance abuse and sexually transmitted
diseases (STD), and educational assessments and transition
address issues of stress and anxiety for newly admitted
youth, DJJ created an Orientation Program and produced
a video, In DJJ's Care,
which introduces youth to life in Secure Detention.
A second video, Finding Your Way,
educates youth about the court process and how cases
proceed through Family Court.
training for youth in detention. The program works
to develop life skills such as anger management, conflict
resolution, peer pressure, drug education, sexually
transmitted diseases, AIDS/HIV, personal hygiene and
other adolescent issues.
has also enhanced intake services to youth through
a number of relationships. A partnership with the
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) provides
STD testing, including screening for Chlamydia. DOH
also provides residents with education on HIV/AIDS
and substance abuse prevention. The NYC Department
of Education now provides educational assessments
and transition services for youth entering and leaving
the system, as well as GED instruction and testing.
partnership involves the Vera Institute of Justice,
the Police Department and the City's Administration
for Children's Services (ACS) through Project
Confirm. This program identifies youth who have
been arrested and are known to the Foster Care System,
so that an ACS representative can advocate on their
behalf, at the first court appearance, to minimize
address substance abuse among youth in its custody,
DJJ joined with the Vera Institute to develop an innovative
portable model titled Adolescent Portable Therapy
(APT) that begins treatment in detention and follows
youth within the system and upon release to ensure
Through contract with several community-based organizations that started in 2005, DJJ began offering workshops and ralated services to its residents designed to help detained youth in dealing with mental health, social and life issues while they are in and after they leave detention. Gender specific services for girls, and conflict resolution and peer mediation training, literacy individual and group tutorials for our residents are among the recent service features that have been added to programs designed to meet the changing needs of detained youth. The Department also offers a series of personal and professional development workshops covering several subject areas.
a new Comprehensive Justice Information System (CJIS),
which combines Juvenile Justice information from DJJ
with the New York City Department of Probation, the
Police Department, the District Attorney's Office,
and the Office of the Corporation Counsel, allows
for shared data among the agencies.
allows selected users to track a juvenile's status
from initiation of a civil or criminal action through
final disposition, anywhere in the justice system.
CJIS allows DJJ to have more complete control and
maintain organization of a resident's essential information
in a single database.