Juvenile Special Program for Offenders in Rehabilitation and Education

Juvenile Special Program for Offenders in Rehabilitation and Education

  
  • SPORE Mission: Identify those persons with serious mental illness and/or mental retardation involved in the criminal justice system. Provide specialized services to them that include advocacy, accountability, and assistance. Leading the person and their family to a greater degree of health, responsibility, proficiency, and quality of life.
  • Juvenile SPORE is a joint effort between Juvenile Probation and MH/MR in Juvenile SPORE. there are two teams, each consisting of a MH/MR employee and Judiciary employee. In this model each employee is deputized and trained as a Juvenile Probation Officer as well as a MH/MR Case-manager. This allows for efficiency across job task domains.
  • Juvenile SPORE incorporates the Balanced Approach to Restorative Justice to its philosophy and service delivery.   It does this through holding the juvenile accountable, maintaining safety, and helping the juvenile develop competencies. The Juvenile S.P.O.R.E. teams see their clients up to three times a week, with a focus on the needs of the family and integrate those needs into the treatment and goal planning. They will meet the juvenile in various settings; home, school, and at the probation office.

 

  • Because of the various needs of the juvenile and family, Juvenile SPORE interconnects and collaborates with many systems and entities. They may include but are not limited to Juvenile Probation and the courts, Children and Adolescent Mental Health, Children and Youth Services, Mental Retardation, various community mental health services, out of home mental health placement services, juvenile placement services, local police, school systems, Drug and Alcohol services, and others. Case-management remains a key to helping and assisting the juveniles and their families in Juvenile SPORE.
  • Admission criteria: The juvenile must meet several criteria in order to be supervised by Juvenile Spore. These criteria are essential to allow Spore to fulfill its mission.
    • The diagnostic criteria: Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Psychotic Disorder NOS, Mental Retardation.
    • The juvenile must be adjudicated delinquent and placed on official probation.

 

  • Juvenile SPORE Referral Process:  Referrals to Juvenile Spore are primarily through JPO.
    • Submit completed referral form and paper work: psych. evals, PSI, Face-sheet, other info. 
    • If JPO is requesting Spore doctor eval, then we follow that procedure. 
    • Juvenile SPORE reviews referrals every other week in a staff meeting.