The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) is the first point of contact for kids and families with behavioral concerns. We provide holistic assessments in an effort to identify the underlying cause(s) of behavior and match youth and families to services and resources that match their needs. The JAC is a neutral party, not providing ongoing resources, so our referrals to services and resources are in the best interest of the youth and family.
The Juvenile Assessment Center has two main programs: the Community Assessment Program and the Law Enforcement Program.
The Community Assessment Program strives to identify behaviors and underlying factors early on; prevention is KEY! This allows us to keep youth at home, out of juvenile justice and human services systems and in school by connecting families with supportive services to promote safe, healthy and happy kids. Young people receive early intervention screening and assessment to identify factors contributing to concerning behavior and factors mitigating risks. Referrals are accepted from parents and professionals for things such as truancy, substance use, mental health, delinquency, concerning behaviors at school or at home and running away.
The Law Enforcement Program strives to intervene and address factors contributing to concerning behavior for youth transport by law enforcement agencies. Intake and assessment services include: screening for immediate medical needs; screening for detention placement; behavioral health screening; assessment of risks, human trafficking screening, strengths and needs; case planning; release and short-term case management