Youth assessed as low risk to re-offend usually have the support of their parents and other significant people in their community and therefore are not in need of highly structured probation programming. Parents are the primary monitors of their youth’s compliance with court ordered expectations. Face to face contacts with the Probation Counselor are not mandatory but may be set at the Probation Counselor’s discretion. Limited conditions are generally imposed which usually include school attendance, restitution payments if ordered and attendance at the Way Out program. Way Out is a 16 hours program through which youths and parents learn how to improve family communication.
Youth assessed as moderate or high risk to re-offend are provided community supervision services by Juvenile Probation Counselors trained in the Case Management Assessment Process (CMAP). These juveniles are monitored for their compliance with an intervention plan, community service, school attendance, counseling, restitution, and other conditions imposed by the Judge. The youth, parent and Probation Counselor together prioritize areas of need as identified by the risk assessment. Youth are referred to community resources and social services as needed. Two programs offered by the Juvenile Court include Aggression Replacement Training and Functional Family Therapy, both of which are research based programs proven to be effective in reducing recidivism in juvenile offenders.
Special Sex Offender Treatment Program (SSODA):
The Special Sex Offender Treatment Program was instituted for juveniles pursuant to RCW 13.40.160(5), for felony sex offenses as outlined in RCW 9.94A.030. The purpose is to provide the Court with pre-disposition sexual deviancy evaluations, addressing community safety and amenability to treatment; and post-disposition treatment to youth ordered to treatment while on community supervision.
Aggression Replacement Training (ART):
This intervention is based upon the assumption that chronically aggressive youth are deficient in three key areas. These areas are a) Social skills for problem solving without aggression; b) Anger control skills; and c) Moral-reasoning abilities that moderate aggression. These deficiencies are addressed in a ten-week course through three separate classes each week.
Family Functional Therapy (FFT):
This service provides an outcome-driven prevention/intervention treatment program for youth (and their families) who have demonstrated maladaptive and acting out behavior. FFT identifies the family as the core unit of support and focus to impact future recidivism by the youth.