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Youth Services Advisory Council

The Youth Services Commission continues to be the comprehensive planning entity for local youth, as part of New Jersey’s Juvenile Reform Bills signed into law in December of 1995.  Youth Services Commissions were established by law to plan and implement strategies, and to advocate to reduce juvenile delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system.  County youth services commissions are also designated to administer the State / Community Partnership Grant Program.  In Cumberland County, this Commission is known as Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC).

Cumberland County Youth Services Commission 2020 Open Public Meeting Dates

Date:Time:Location:
Wednesday, January 15th3:00pm

Luciano Center at Rowan of South Jersey

3322 College Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360

Wednesday, February 19th

3:00pm

Luciano Center at Rowan of South Jersey

3322 College Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360

Wednesday, March 18th

3:00pm

Canceled due to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 15th

3:00pm

Canceled Due to COVID-19

Wednesday, May 20th3:00pm

Zoom Teleconference 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87184503560

Wednesday, June 17th3:00pmMS TEAMS Teleconference
Dial-In:  1-856-209-3537
Conference ID: 722 689 668#
Wednesday, July 15th 3:00pmMS TEAMS Teleconference
Dial-In:  1-856-209-3537
Conference ID: 722 689 668#

Wednesday, August 19th 3:00pmCanceled by Commission for Vacation. 


Wednesday, September 16th 3:00pmMS TEAMS Teleconference
Dial-In:  1-856-209-3537
Conference ID: 722 689 668#
Wednesday, October 21st 3:00pmMS TEAMS Teleconference
Dial-In:  1-856-209-3537
Conference ID: 722 689 668#
Wednesday, November 18th  MS TEAMS Teleconference
Dial-In:  1-856-209-3537
Conference ID: 722 689 668#

Contact Us

Frank Carozza

Youth Services Commission Administrator

Children’s Inter-Agency Council Coordinator

Cumberland County
Department of Human Services
70 West Broad Street, Bridgeton NJ 08302

Phone: 856.459.3083

Fax: 856.455.5756

Email: FrankCa@Co.Cumberland.nj.us

 

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Youth Services Advisory Council Comprehensive Plan Archive

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Youth Services Advisory Council Virtual Meeting Recordings Archive

“In compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, Public Law 1975, this meeting of the Youth Services Advisory Council transmitted notice of this meeting to the South Jersey Times, the Daily Journal, SNJ Today, The Guide, The Reminder and The Press of Atlantic City. A notice was also posted on the Cumberland County homepage on the internet in compliance with this Act”. (The Open Public Meetings Act)

 

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Meeting canceled due to COVID-19.

Meeting canceled due to COVID-19.

Cumberland County Youth Services Advisory Council Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020- 3:00 PM

Via Zoom- Click Here To Play Meeting Recording

 Attendees: Kevin Guinan (CCPO),Amber Smith (SODAT), Frank Carozza (DHS), Rick Ortiz, Juwanna V (GLSEN SNJ), Erin Klein (Acenda), Justin Caruso (Acenda), Pat Baitinger (CC Probation), Mark Anderson (CCPO), Mike Reginell (SWC), Jason Chessman (CCPO), Melissa Niles (DHS), Safiya Baker (JJC), Gina Blevins (JJC), Christine Graves (MRSS), Spencer Young (JJC), Veronica Ramos (CFS), Jaime Gomez (WFD), Shane’t Bowe (CCFC), Ron Hudak (CGS-CMO), Lisa Felix (DCPP), Mary Ann Hamidy (YAP), Eddie May (DCPP), Veronica Surrency (CC Det.), Chris Volker (Boys and Girls Club).

I.  Welcome and
Introductions – Eddie May/Kevin Guinan

II. Review and Approval of
Minutes – February 19th, 2020.

*Motion to Approve Minutes: Jaime Gomez

2nd: Justin Caruso

All in Favor

Abstention: Juwanna V.

III. Presentation(s): None       

IV. Reports:  Click Here To View Provider’s Reports

·        Freeholder Report – Jack Surrency / Jim Quinn

·        JJC Liaison Report – Spencer Young

·        Administrator’s
Report – Frank Carozza

– 1st Quarter Fiscal Review,  CY 2020 Monitoring Update, CY 2021 JDAI/Comprehensive Plan Update

V. Old / New Business-

VI. Announcements-

VII. Adjournment-

*Motion to Adjourn: Jason
Chessman

Second: Pat Baitinger

Adjourned 3:49 PM

Cumberland County Youth Services Advisory Council Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020- 3:00 PM 

Microsoft Teams- Click Here To View Meeting Recording

Conference ID: 722 689 668#

 Attendees:  Jason Chessman (CCPO), Ed May (DCPP), Pat Baitinger (CCProb), Gary Bryant (CCProb), Jack Surrency (CCFB), Mike Dindak (Ranch Hope), Devan Blackwell (CSO), Christine Graves (MRSS), Justin Caruso (Acenda), Melissa Niles (DHS), Rick Ortiz (PRAC), Frank Carozza (DHS), Spencer Young (JJC), Mike Regenelli (SWC).                                                                 

I. Welcome and Introductions – Eddie May

II. Update on the Virtual Minutes Archive – Complete Meeting Record from May 20th, 2020 can now be accessed by the members and public at: https://njacysca.org/about-us/nj-counties/cumberland-county/

III. Presentation(s): None       

IV. Reports:  Click Here To View Provider’s Reports

  • Freeholder Report – Jack Surrency / Jim Quinn
  • JJC Liaison Report – Spencer Young
  • Administrator’s Report – Frank Carozza

V. Old / New Business-

VI. Announcements-

VII. Adjournment- 

*Motion to Adjourn: 

Jason Chessman

Second: Pat Baitinger

All In Favor. Meeting ended at 3:51PM. 


Cumberland County Children's Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC) Meeting Archive

Meeting Cancelled Due To COVID-19.

Cumberland County Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 24, 2020- 1:00 PM

Via Zoom- Click Here To View Meeting Recording

 I. Welcome and IntroductionsRiccina Cabezas/Teri Black

II. Presentation(s): None

III. Review and Approval of Minutes – January 28, 2020 (Cumberland County)

  1. State Reports-
  2. System Partners Updates-
  • Care Management Organization- Stacy Haynes
  • Mobile Response- Lauren Snyder
  • Family Support Organization- Lionel Woodley
  1. System Updates
  • Screening- Jennifer Plews
  • Partial Care-
  • Partial Hospital and Outpatient- Teri Black

VII. Old / New Business-

VII. Adjournment-

Cumberland Tri-County Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 10, 2020- 10:00 AM VIA MS Teams

Zoom Meeting Recording-  Click Here For Meeting Recording Link

 

Attendance: Frank Carozza,  Riccina Cabezas, Jennifer Rodriquez, Lionel Woodley, Mary Ann Hamidy, Melissa Niles, Mike Cudemo, Shawn Claybrooks, Cindy Garcia, Ailene Cornew, Candace Carter, Christina DiGiovacchino, Brittany Fair, Lisa Cerny, Linda Smith, Beverly Lynch, Mark Anderson, Michelle Pandolfo, Rudolph Aikens, Robert Bamford, Sofia Noncent-Johnson, Sonia Cohen, Teri Black, Carmen Trifiletti, Stephanie Vandermeer, Ron Hudak, Diana Church, Lauren Snyder, Ron Hudak, Diana Ciurczak.    

  1. Welcome and Introductions– Riccina Cabezas
  2. Presentation(s):None

III. Review and Approval of Minutes – March 11, 2020 (Cumberland County Meeting)

Motion: To Approve the Minutes:                   

Motion: Lisa Cerny           

2nd : Mike Cudemo- ALL IN FAVOR

  1. State Reports- Sofia Noncent-Johnson

An invitation was sent out from the PFS team June 23rd to all the CIACC conveners regarding PFS and updates. Once the information has been discussed, it will be forwarded accordingly. 

  1. System Partners Updates
  • CGS- Care Management Organization– Ron Hudak

There are currently (846) youth receiving services via CGS-CMO.

Cumberland County (261) Youth, (27) ID/DD Youth, (61) DCPP involved youth, and (39) Out of Home youth. The average LOS for moderate out of home youth is (8) months and intensive is (11.4) months. CGS added another team for Cumberland County with (2) supervisors, (2) team leads, and (9) care managers for Cumberland.

Gloucester County (496) youth, (79) DCPP Youth, (84) ID/DD youth, and (53) out of home youth. The average ALOS is (8.6) months.  The ALOS for moderate out of home youth is (11.2) months and intensive is (11.4) months. Gloucester County has (3) teams that consist of (3) supervisors, (3) team leads, and (16) care managers for Cumberland.

Salem County (89) Youth, (9) ID/DD Youth, (21) DCPP involved youth, and (22) Out of Home youth. The average LOS is (11.2) months. For moderate out of home youth, the ALOS is (33.4) and intensive is (11.4) months.  CGS added another team for Salem County with (1) supervisor, (1) team lead, and (6) care managers.

The CMO is still providing in-home visits if needed with standard CDC health and safety guidelines. There are currently 5-6 agencies that CGS-CMO contracts that are providing therapy and other in-home services.

  • Mobile Response-Lauren Snyder

MRSS is experiencing a statewide decline in call volume since the start of COVID stay at home orders. MRSS is currently performing outreach with schools, PD’s, and local contracted providers to combat a 60% decrease in calls. MRSS has providers doing telehealth or face to face visits and Lauren can be contacted directly for any additional needed support or information.

  • Family Support Organization-Lionel Woodley

The CGS-FSO is working diligently to continue to provide needed services to families virtually. CGS-FSO is working on an action plan to provide staff and families with the necessary PPE to remain safe during face to face visits.  Gloucester is currently providing the most referrals, Cumberland second, and Salem third. Parents Anonymous meetings are on Tuesday evenings, and families can be referred by reaching out to Lionel at lwoodley@cgs-fso.org   The FSO is fully staffed and plans to continue following through with contracted deliverables. Lionel will have more information to report out at the next Tri-County meeting regarding the full re-opening for CGS-FSO.

  • System Updates
  • Screening- Jennifer Plews
  • Partial Hospital and Outpatient– Teri Black

Teri received approval to continue to provide face to face services on June 29th, beginning with the highest-risk youth that are not responding well to telehealth services. Upon return, Elmer and Bridgeton will be providing services with a lower census to ensure proper social distancing. Other youth will continue to receive telehealth services, and youth that are performing well will most likely wrapping up services before partial’s return to in-person services.

  • Partial CareBeverly Lynch

Reported that Inspira Woodbury closed their adolescent program last summer to new admissions due to the building’s appropriation for use by the governor.   Both adolescent and children’s program will be condensing both programs for a slow rollout of hybrid in-person and telehealth services. They are currently taking referrals for youth and adolescent programming.

  1. Old / New Business

Riccina requested that the body share any successes or fails since the shutdown in March. Frank reported that he created an archive for all CIACC/YSAC meetings to ensure accuracy and public access to minutes. The CC Freeholder’s are currently sending out letters for CIACC membership and if any changes in staff have occurred in your staff, please submit them to Frank for corrections. Chatting with Cumberland is poised to begin testing for the launch of their new program. The YouTube channel is named The Chatting with Cumberland Podcast.

Ron Hudak announced that the Partnerships for Success (PFS) surveys have been distributed by Paulette Mader for completion for members of the CIACCs.

Lisa Cerny asked Ron on Why Gloucester County Out of Home Placements have increased. Ron mentioned that Quality Assurance as to the specific reason and will report back.  Ron added that Legacy Treatment Home has opened a mental health outpatient in Salem County on Woodstown Rd. They are currently focusing on telehealth and are working on Drug and Alcohol and psychiatric treatment.  

Riccina reported the giving out of 200 laptops and rolled out the Internet Essentials Program to help with Comcast billing and internet.  The UAG has reported an uptick in family needs and needs for children and has opened 5 additional sites for services. UAG has received approval for supervised visitation for family reunification and will be resuming the provision of  face to face services in the near future.   

  • Adjournment-

*Motion to Adjourn:

MOTION: Teri Black

2nd: Linda Smith

ALL IN FAVOR

The Meeting adjourned at 10:54 AM. The next Tri-County CIACC will be hosted by Gloucester County on 9/9/2020 @ 10AM via teleconference.

Respectfully Submitted, Frank Carozza, Cumberland County CIACC Coordinator. 

 

Wednesday, July 28, 2020- 10:00 AM via MS TEAMS

Zoom Meeting Recording- https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/ac72dce1-d0fc-484f-90ed-f84183772e78

Attendees:

Teri Black (Step Ahead) , Riccina Cabezas (UAG), Frank Carozza (DHS), Mike Cudemo (Gateway CAP), Tammy Smith-Halter, Shawn Claybrooks (DCPP) , Melissa Niles (DHS) , Beth Thomas (CCDOH), Lionel Woodley (CGS-FSO), Gary Bryant (Juvenile Probation) , Paulette Mader (DCF), Cindy Maione, Lauren Snyder (MRSS), Vanessa Labriola (Inspire The Youth), James Sampson (CGS-CMO) , Tatsiana Dragosa (SPAN).

  1. IWelcome and Introductions– Riccina Cabezas
  2. II. Presentation(s):None                 

III. Review and Approval of Minutes – March 11, 2020 (Cumberland County)

  1. IV. CSOC State Reports- No Report
  1. System Partner Updates-

DCP&P- Shawn Claybrooks

DCPP Workers returned to the field July 6th. They are currently having contact with families and wear PPE. Parent/Child visits have resumed and must be screened prior to visits with social distancing. Some provider’s (STS) have resumed in-home and virtual services. The Vineland office is now attending the Bridgeton office and no staff is located currently in Vineland. DCPP continues to meet mainly virtually via Teams and Zoom.

ID/DD – Beth Thomas-

The subcommittee has not recently met but is working closely with Frank Carozza on the Chatting with Cumberland Podcast project. Beth is currently hoping to resume applications with Schools as we approach September. The Children’s Resource Fair has been postponed due to COVID and will resume.

 

Chatting with Cumberland UpdateFrank Carozza

Frank is currently working with County administration on how best to proceed with the mission statement of CWC. He is looking to invite additional professionals to offer additional resources. The YSAC Comprehensive plan is currently near completion, and 3 mini grants are poised to be awarded to Bridgeton, Vineland, and Millville. Cumberland will also be providing 60K for a prevention-based program that will model the successful JDAI PET program.    

Human Services Report – Melissa Niles

Capital Recovery Center is gearing up to open to the public. Full time staff are starting on Monday, August 3rd. The Capital team will be offering virtual services until the complete opening scheduled for later in the year pending COVID-19 updates and regulations. DHS is currently working with DCF for the Predict, Align, & Prevent initiative, which will provide specific local and demographic data that will assist local CIACC’s with planning in the future.   

  • Care Management Organization-Ron Hudak

CGS-CMO is currently serving 874 children as of June 9, 2020.

(30.2%) are in Cumberland (264)

(61) Youth in Cumberland are involved with DCPP

(26) Are Special Needs

(38) Youth are Out of Home Youth

The LOS (31.6) months, and for the moderate is (12), and the average is 8.7 months out of home.

 

  • Mobile Response– Lauren Snyder

MRSS has had a staffing change, and Mary Morda is will be the new director for MRSS. Lauren will still be reporting for Mobile at meetings and overseeing partial care. Currently, the numbers are beginning to mirror summer figures. June looks similar to July and August will a average of 30+ calls per week. There has been a recent increase of families requesting face to face interventions which is not typical. There are about 5-7 calls per week requesting face to face interventions. This increase aligns with the Commissioner’s request to increase face to face interventions.

 

  • Family Support Organization– Lionel Woodley

CGS-FSO referrals are remaining steady, and the FSO is open for virtual business only. There is speculation that up to 15% of the DCF budget has been cut due to COVID, and it is not entirely clear how FSO and other system partners will be affected. Lionel has also volunteered the FSO services for distributing surveys for CIACC/YSAC and other needed organizations.

  • System Updates
  • Screening- Jennifer Plews- No Report
  • Partial Care- No Report
  • Partial Hospital and Outpatient- Teri Black

Both Elmer and Bridgeton have resumed face to face services as of June 29, 2020 for all age groups. For adolescents, Partial hospital is incorporating a virtual hybrid model. Referrals are currently lower than usual due to some parents requesting non- face to face visits. Partial is currently accepting all referrals and is ensuring that enrollment is at an adequate level to provide safe social distancing practices.  

 

VII. Old / New Business- PFS Soar surveys have been completed by 6 members of CIACC.  

VII. Adjournment-

*Motion to Adjourn:

Mot: Teri Black

Second: Linda Smith

All In Favor

All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 10:54 AM. The next Tri-County CIACC will be hosted by Gloucester County on 9/9/2020 @ 10AM via teleconference.

Respectfully Submitted,

Frank Carozza, Cumberland County CIACC Coordinator.  

 

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2020 Cumberland County Youth Services Funded Programs and System Partners

Prevention Programs

Delinquent acts may include crimes against persons, crimes against property, drug offenses, and crimes against public order. Delinquency prevention programs seek to redirect youth who are considered at-risk for delinquency or who have committed a delinquent offense from deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system.  The Cumberland County Youth Services Commission recognizes the value in funding school-based prevention programs as a cost-effective means of serving a larger and more captive youth audience while saving tax-payer dollars on additional costs of transportation.

Violence prevention programing for youth attending Bridgeton and Millville High Schools. Program addresses the underlying causes and consequences of school based violence and includes life skills education on topics such as cultural diversity, gender specific training, LGBT acceptance, gang prevention, negative peer influence, anger management / frustration tolerance, conflict resolution and communication skills.

Referral Sources: High Schools and/or other youth serving agencies working with youth at risk of becoming involved with the Juvenile Justice System.

 

Services include:  Transportation from high school locations to Wawa stores in shore communities and return, as well as job coaching services to students during their summer employment.  The funding for this program will increase the number of working days, thus allowing the youth employees to work an additional shift during the months of May, June and September where the schedules are limited to weekends only.  This expansion will keep the at-risk youth engaged in a productive activity and will reduce the potential for getting involved in delinquent activities.

                                                   Referral Sources:  Cumberland Regional, Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland High Schools

 

Diversion and Disposition Programs

Diversion is a term used to describe intervention approaches that redirect youths away from formal processing in the juvenile justice system, while still holding them accountable for their actions. Preadjudication diversion programs seek to divert youth who would otherwise have been formally processed in juvenile court.

Non-Incarceration Options for Juveniles

Juvenile court judges often have broad discretion to fashion a sentence or rehabilitation program that fits the needs of the minor. A disposition order may include options other than confinement, including:

  • Verbal warning. The sentence for the juvenile can be as simple as a verbal reprimand.
  • Fine. The minor may be required to pay a fine to the government or pay compensation to the victim.
  • Counseling. Often, judges require juveniles to attend counseling as part of a disposition order.
  • Community service. Juveniles may be ordered to work a certain number of hours in service to the local community.
  • Electronic monitoring. Juveniles may be required to wear a wrist or ankle bracelet that verifies their location at all times.
  • Probation. Judges often order juveniles to enter probation after a delinquency finding. (To learn more about probation, see the “Probation” section, just below.)

In creating a disposition order, juvenile court judges can order any of the above options alone or in combination. For example, a delinquent minor might need to pay a fine, attend counseling, and perform community service as a penalty for one offense.

Individual Mentoring Program for Cumberland County youth who are involved with, or at-risk of involvement with, the Family Court system.  Services are provided through a consistent one-on-one relationship between a supportive trained Advocate and referred youth. Advocates assist with compliance of Court Orders and/or Probation requirements, if applicable.  Services include: Develop and implement and Individual Service Plan to address youth’s immediate needs and specific goals and objectives; facilitate both male and female responsive services and appropriate gender specific linkages available in the community; and cultural and educational activities.  Cultural sensitivity, language barriers and special interests of clients are considered when matching advocates with youth.

Referral Sources for Disposition:  Family Court, Juvenile Probation

Referral Sources for Diversion:  Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU)/Mobile Response and Stabilization Systems (MRSS), Juvenile Conference Committee (JCC), Intake Service Conference (ISC), Law Enforcement and Schools

 

In Home Counseling services provided to Cumberland County youth who are involved with, or are a risk of involvement with, the Family Court System.

Goals include helping families improve family functioning through individual and family counseling; crisis intervention; education advocacy with the school system; linkages with extended family neighbors, and other community resources; and aftercare planning with family and appropriate agencies in order to prevent service gaps.  Services include assisting families to negotiate the education system and secure an appropriate education program suited to the individual youth when requested by referral source. Program provides juvenile anger management training on how to cope with violence; and recognize, understand, and control anger.

Referral Sources for Disposition:  Family Court, Juvenile Probation

Referral Sources for Diversion:  Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU)/Mobile Response and Stabilization Systems (MRSS), Juvenile Conference Committee (JCC), Intake Service Conference (ISC), Law Enforcement and Schools

 

Services include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Evaluations
  • On-site/Expedited evaluation, as needed, for the Family Court or Juvenile Detention Center
  • Urine Drug Screens
  • Synthetic Drug Testing
  • Level I Outpatient Treatment Services
  • Education and Support Services
  • Substance Abuse Specific Family Counseling
  • Transportation

Adolescent transportation needs and locations for services are addressed to help ensure participation.

Referral Source for Disposition:  Family Court, Juvenile Probation

Referral Sources for Diversion:  Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU)/Mobile Response and Stabilization Systems (MRSS), Juvenile Conference Committee (JCC), Intake Service Conference (ISC), Law Enforcement and Schools.

 

First Step Clinic Contact Information

Office:
70 W. Broad Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Phone: (856) 451-3727
Fax: (856) 455-9706

Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday ~ Friday All Other Hours By Appointment Only

Melissa Niles MS, LPC, LCADC, SAP,  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Director
Phone: (856) 391-1638

 

 

Cognitive Skills training in order to teach a small group (10-15) new life skills in an effort to provide them with alternative methods and options to deal with their anger, frustration, and perceived lack of choices.  Program services address negative peer influence, anger management, conflict resolution, disruptive school behavior, truancy, personality type assessment, healthy boundaries, substance abuse, gang involvement, communication skills and cognitive processes.

Program elements include meals for participants when and if the program is conducted during lunch or dinner time; team building exercises; and Juvenile Probation involvement/participation in program services.  Incentives and a recognition ceremony for youth who successfully complete the program are included in the project.

Referral Source:  Family Court, Juvenile Probation

 

Sex Offender specific services to court involved youth who have been adjudicated delinquent of a sexual offense by the Juvenile Justice System.  Services to include:

  • Forensic Sex Offender Evaluations – Evaluate and diagnose referred clients to establish perpetrator’s sexual abuse/assault history.  Evaluation reports include recommendations for service planning. Evaluations are completed by, minimally, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience evaluating juvenile sex offenders.  Clinical supervision and review of sex offender evaluations for juvenile sex offenders are provided by, minimally, a Licensed Psychologist with experience working with juvenile sex offenders.
  • Individual Sex Offender Therapy – Therapy will include an Individual Service Plan to address the specific emotional, physical and social needs of the youth sex offender in order to reduce the likelihood of recidivism, delinquency and other criminal behaviors.  Service includes monthly reporting to referring agency (usually Juvenile Probation), and a Discharge Summary / After-Care and Safety Plan. Therapy is provided by, minimally, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW) experienced with juvenile sex offenders.
  • Referral Sources:  Family Court, Juvenile Probation
 

Detention Alternative & Re-Entry Programs

Juvenile reentry or aftercare- has been defined as the reintegrative services that prepare youths in out-of-home placements for their eventual return home by establishing the necessary collaboration with the community and its resources to ensure the delivery of needed services and
supervision.

“Detention” is defined as the temporary care of juveniles in physically restricting facilities pending court disposition.  An objective of detention is to provide secure custody for those juveniles who are deemed a threat to the physical safety of the community and/or whose confinement is necessary to ensure their presence at their next court hearing.

Detention Alternative Programs provide supervision to juveniles who would otherwise be placed in a secure detention facility while awaiting his/her adjudicatory hearing, expanding the array of pre-adjudication and pre-disposition placement options available to the judiciary.

The court will have the option to provide an alternative to incarceration on pre-adjudicated/pre-disposition matters for juveniles who are charged with a delinquent offense.

Services to minimally include:  frequent, random face-to-face contact with juveniles and their families, and monitoring of school and/or work attendance.  Although supervision may include phone contact via a landline telephone, a landline should not supersede admission to the program.  Reliance on a landline should not create a barrier to admission to the program

Service provider should respond to requests from the Court for program intake on a twenty-four (24) hour basis, thus allowing for juvenile’s release to family/parent/guardian.  A formal program intake process should be completed within 24 hours of release to family.

Non-compliance with a home detention alternative program may result in the youth being placed in the Juvenile Detention Center.  A weekly progress report to Family Court is requested and program infractions should be reported as soon as possible.

Referral Source:  Family Court

 

Purpose of MDTs – There are three purposes of the Multi-Disciplinary Team:

  • Detention – as an alternative to detention for a juvenile charged as delinquent;
  • Disposition – as a recommendation for a disposition option for a judge of the Family Court upon an adjudication or delinquency; and
  • Reentry – as a component of aftercare following the commitment of a juvenile to the Juvenile Justice Commission by a judge of the Family Court.

Operating Procedures of the MDT – Referrals will have a general outline of basic information needs, which should include:  background (history); present issues (what is needed) and disposition and/or reentry information (what referral source is recommending or services available).  The process must clearly show that all other avenues or funding sources were exhausted or inappropriate. The MDTs mission is expediency. Part of the MDT’s objectives is to make sure that timeframes are met according to the juveniles’ and the courts’ needs.  The MDT assists in moving juveniles expeditiously through the system with reliable facts.

Membership and Responsibilities

Membership – In order to assure a comprehensive approach to assessing and planning for the needs of the target population, the membership of the MDT shall consist of a wide range of youth-serving systems within the Family Court and the community.  The MDT will be staffed with members of the county’s Youth Services Commission along with other related personnel from the Family Court, JJC, and DCP&P. Core members of the MDT may include representatives from Family Case Management Office, Probation Department, Detention Program, Providers, DCP&P, JJC, Schools, and Mental Health Providers.

Responsibilities – The primary responsibility of MDT members is to develop client specific plans and service to insure that the client doesn’t become re-involved in the juvenile justice system.  Members should adhere to rules of confidentiality and actively participate in appropriate case conferences.

Referral Sources:  Family Court, Juvenile Detention, Juvenile Probation, Juvenile Parole

 

Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative 2020 Programs

The goal of this program is to reduce barriers which often interfere with juveniles’ compliance with their terms of probation, resulting in Failure to Appear (FTA) and Violation of Probation (VOP).  FTAs and VOPs lead to bench warrants, which usually lands a juvenile in the Juvenile Detention Center. SODAT, in partnership with Cumberland Juvenile Probation, provides opportunities for probationers and their families to ensure their understanding and ability to comply with the terms of their probations.

SODAT will partner with Cumberland Juvenile Probation to provide a Probation Orientation every other month, which will give the juvenile and family the information needed to help them successfully complete their probation term.  Dinner will be provided for probationers, their families and probation staff at each orientation.

In addition to the Probation Orientation, SODAT will coordinate one educational/cultural Enrichment Trip per month.  Juvenile Probation Officers and SODAT staff accompany juveniles on the trips. These trips are offered to probationers at certain benchmarks during their probationary term.  Meals are provided for juveniles, probation staff and SODAT staff. An Enrichment trip, including meal times, promotes positive relationships between the Probation Officers and Juveniles.

Life Skills Lessons are offered each month.  Dinner will be provided at each Life Skills session.  Youth and their families will be encouraged to attend.  Various topics, such as Daily Living Skills, Self-Care/Hygiene Skills, Relationships/Communication Skills, Housing/Money Management Skills, Career/Education Planning, will be offered to juveniles and their families.  Speakers may be invited to present for a topic and/or trips to shop for items pertaining to the lesson may be provided.

Because transportation continues to be a huge barrier in Cumberland County, assistance is provided for youth and their families who have charges pending in the Family Court, and probationers and their families for court appearances, hearings or appointments, court ordered evaluations, service or treatment appointments, appointments with the Public Defender, Probation reporting, probation orientation sessions, and other appointments relative to the juvenile’s charges or conditions of probation supervision.  Bus passes may be issued to the probationers; however, other modes of transportation may be arranged if public transportation is not available. Transportation will also be provided for youth participating in community-based healthy/educational incentives as described.

In addition to providing bus passes and/or taxi fare, SODAT will utilize an agency-owned van to make transportation easier for youth and their families who are not on a public transportation route (i.e., Commercial Township, Lawrence Township, Fairfield Township, etc.).

Referral Source:  Juvenile Probation

 

A court notification system that provides text, email and voice notification to youth and their families who have pending court hearings before a Superior Court Judge.  In addition, a SMART television placed in the family waiting area where general information about family court, transportation services, and general information on a variety of community-based services available to youth and families.

 

Resources You Can Actually Use

GLSEN of Southern New Jersey

LGBTQI+ Resources

CGS Family Partnership-ResourceNet

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and inclusive school environment where they can learn and grow. Please click the link above to visit the GLSEN Southern New Jersey page for more information. 

By clicking the link above, families can find specific recreational activities, health providers, support groups, and events searchable in your area. If you are a resident of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties, please visit the CGS Family Partnership website for support services in your area.  

 

Aunt Bertha is a social services search tool that allows health care providers, social workers and residents to more easily find the services available right in their own communities. The highly specific search tool allows people to search based on eligibility criteria such as age and income. The tool also lists up-to-date hours, contact information and other resources on a website that’s easy to navigate. Read More Here

Free legal assistance to low-income people for their civil legal problems.  Their legal information website, www.lsnjlaw.org, provides self-help resources on a number of legal topics.
 
Phone: 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529)

Promoting Positive Youth Development Throughout Cumberland County.

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae

Click above to visit the new and improved Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office website. We are proud to launch our redesigned website that is intended to keep visitors informed, educated and safe. Take a moment to explore the various sections of the site. It is designed to educate you about our mission and the function of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office. Come back often and soon to see new information about the important work we do to prosecute those who commit crimes within the County and to help our citizens make positive, healthy choices.