Juvenile DivisionThe Juvenile Division serves the community and the Juvenile Court by conducting intakes and investigations, and community supervision services. Through its Court Services Units and Field Supervision Units, the Division meets the needs of crime victims, facilitates treatment opportunities for youth and their families, participates in collaborative efforts with partner agencies, and monitors the progress of youth in treatment and other programs.
Deputy Probation Officers in the Court Services Units evaluate referrals from law enforcement agencies and perform risks and needs assessments of youth to determine an appropriate level of intervention. Some cases may be handled informally through community diversion programs while others are handled formally with a referral to the District Attorney's Office. The goal of the Division is to limit the number of youth referred formally to the Juvenile Court and to instead effect positive change at the lowest level of intervention necessary.
Field Supervision Units provide supervision services to all communities in the County. Services are prioritized to address the needs of youth who represent the greatest risk to reoffend. Deputy Probation Officers in these units contact offenders at their homes, schools, and other community locations, and work closely with offenders' parents and families in addressing the factors that contribute to delinquent behavior. They develop case plans with youth and their families to guide them toward rehabilitative goals and will refer youth to community-based programs as appropriate.
The Juvenile Division also provides oversight to any youth placed by the Court in a residential treatment program. These programs are primarily located throughout the State of California but can also include California-certified and approved programs in other states. Formerly known as group homes, these programs — now known as Short Term Residential Treatment Programs — are regulated by Federal and State laws and administrative rules. Deputy Probation Officers assigned to supervise these cases meet with offenders at least monthly at the program sites. They also provide supervision to youth involved in other forms of foster care, most notably youth know as Non-Minor Dependents.