Sussex County Moves Forward with Home Detention Program for Youth Release Date: November 18, 2009
Sussex County Moves Forward with Home Detention Program for Youth
Through a recent study and analysis, Sussex County has determined that we could best provide services to our community, particularly our youth, by opening a Home Detention Program and contracting with Morris County for secure care beds. Following the best practice models for home detention while implementing a shared service agreement with Morris County is not only fiscally sound, it also meets current trends for the provision of children's services. The State of New Jersey has been renovating their juvenile system of care through the implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI). This process assesses the needs of juveniles involved in the Family Court System and provides graduated sanctions for the Family Court Judge to assist in the rehabilitation process of these juveniles. The Juvenile Justice Commission views these individuals as not just juvenile delinquents but children that have an array of needs and lack supports. Sussex County is not yet involved with the JDAI process but intends to join the initiative in 2010. With that in sight Sussex County is following the models put in place by other members of this initiative and are implementing a Home Detention Program while contracting for secure care beds with Morris County.
To ensure the safety and security of Sussex County youth, the Home Detention program will provide intensive supervision, electronic monitoring, community service, and case management to court involved youth; while maintaining the youth with his/her family within the community where he/she can maintain school involvement/enrollment, seek and maintain employment, and have access to local social services. The program will offer 24 hour electronic monitoring services to all youth participating. The electronic monitoring is designed to ensure youth are compliant with house arrest provisions as well as treatment services. Additionally, case management services and transportation for the youth in secured care at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center will be provided by the Home Detention team. While maintaining youth in the community, the program will assist in connecting the youth and his/her family with community resources in order to ensure a successful completion of the program. The program is designed to assist in removing barriers of treatment and services.
By implementing this program, Sussex County is planning for the future in lieu of reacting to situations. This program was developed based on best practice models and will effectively meet the children, the families, and the communities needs, and assist these individuals in becoming productive and self sufficient. The Sussex County Home Detention Program looks forward to its new role as part of the community team in meeting our most vulnerable children's needs.