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NEVADA DIVISION OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
Youth Parole Bureau

The Youth Parole Bureau provides supervision and case management services for:

  • Youth, 12-18 years, who are committed to DCFS for correctional and/or mental health care,
  • Youth under the age of 12 years, who are committed to DCFS for correctional care but cannot by law be placed in a correctional program,
  • Youth transferred to Nevada through the Interstate Compact on Juveniles.

Services provided by Youth Parole Counselors include Alternative Placement, Specialized Treatment, Intensive Aftercare, Drug Education and Counseling, Transitional Community Integration and Drug Testing. 

Interstate Compact on Juveniles

The Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ), originally drafted in 1955, is an agreement among states to track young offenders. The purpose of the ICJ is to enable states to provide for: cooperative supervision of juvenile delinquents on probation or parole; the return of delinquent juveniles who have escaped or absconded; the return, from one state to another, of non-delinquent juveniles who have run away from home; and additional measures for the protection of juveniles and the public.  DCFS, through its Youth Parole Bureau, has administered the ICJ for the past 37 years.

Beginning in 2001, the Council of State Governments and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention took on the challenge of rewriting the outdated compact and advocating for its passage. Nevada adopted the compact in 2005, and on August 26, 2008, the 35th state signed legislation signifying the official launch of the new compact nationwide.

The new ICJ significantly updates the 53-year-old agreement for tracking and supervising juveniles who move across state borders. The new language passed in 45 states to date, provides enhanced accountability, enforcement, visibility and communication and seeks to update a tool for ensuring public safety as well as preserving child welfare.

An Interstate Commission on the national level has been established and a new State Council in Nevada will be created. The Interstate Commission has powers and responsibility over ICJ including promulgation of rules, fiscal responsibility, compliance and dispute resolution. The National Commission established new rules at their first annual meeting in December 2009, which rules became effective on March 1, 2010.

The number of youth processed in FY09 and FY10 through the Nevada ICJ Office is illustrated below. Please see separate charts for statistics regarding extradition cases, as well as statistics for supervision cases. Numbers generally increase each year consistent with population growth in Nevada and across the country. With the adoption of new compact it is hoped a smooth transition will occur allowing for the continued safety of juveniles and the public when youth cross state lines.

Re-Entry Program for Serious and Violent Offenders

The Re-Entry Program for Serious and Violent Offenders was implemented in 2003. It is a short-term program intended to provide youth at high risk of recidivism with intensive case management services and daily treatment programming. Treatment programming may address substance abuse, life skills, anger management and vocational skills. Collaboration with Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services initiated the Re-Entry Court process. This court process is based on a drug court model with monthly staffing with youth on their treatment plan progress to assist the youth in successful completion of parole. The Judge participates with recommendations and presents an award to youth upon successful completion of requirements. In 2004, the Youth Parole Bureau was awarded supplemental funds to enhance its gender specific programming related to this program. The Re-Entry Program now offers a program for females age 15-17, who have experienced mild substance abuse and mental health issues. Workshops are also available to most female parolees to assist them to make better choices for their lives and to gain greater self-esteem. Curriculum workshop topics address sexual victimization and exploitation, addiction, violence, anger management, alternatives to violence, healthy boundaries, co-dependency, parenting, distorted thinking, relapse prevention, employment, job readiness skills, and preparing for reentry.

Transitional Aftercare Services Pilots

The Youth Parole Bureau launched two Pilot transitional aftercare services programs in 2004. Utilizing grant funds, the first program established in March 2004 in the Reno office piloted the use of an intensive case manager to provide services using a “wraparound” service delivery approach. DCFS has successfully implemented “wraparound” case management with emotionally disturbed, multi- agency involved youth in foster care.  To date, 12 youth have been served in this pilot. A second pilot is highlighted below.

Program Highlight

Intensive Case Management Pilot Program

In September 2004, the DCFS Youth Parole Bureau in Las Vegas established a pilot project through a public/private partnership with Rite of Passage to provide intensive case management; transition and aftercare programming for complex needs youth paroled from the state run juvenile facilities. The approach of the Pilot program is family centered, strength based and youth focused. It addresses an unmet need for juvenile offenders with complex needs requiring comprehensive community based services and proactive, responsive, intense case management. Families are involved as full partners with the primary voice in developing the plan and monitoring service delivery. In their case management/service coordinator role, the Rite of Passage staff coordinates services and natural supports for the child and family accessing public and private non-profit resources. They team with the Youth Parole Officer and expand the services provided to these high need children and their families.

The target population is youth who have multiple needs including mental health conditions, drug and alcohol use and behavioral challenges. The Pilot shifts from a traditional parole/probation law enforcement model toward a more intensive case management team service delivery model. Twelve youth in the pilot program were originally committed under NRS 62E.520. These are youth the court determined to be in need of placement in a correctional facility and in need of residential psychiatric services or other mental health treatment services.

57 youth have been served since the inception of the program.

Service Coordinators are the primary contact person for the youth and family, and act as a support and advocate for the family. The Service Coordinator facilitates Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings that bring the youth, the parents, community partners, natural family and community supports and the Youth Parole Counselor together to make joint decisions that are in the best interests of the youth and community. This service delivery approach is expected to improve outcomes through:
  • Increased client contact with two to three contacts per week. Contacts occur at home, school and place of employment
  • Increased parental involvement
  • Increased monitoring of school attendance
  • Increased access to transportation to attend individual and group counseling appointments, job interviews and school conferences
  • Assistance with job preparation and placement
  • Incentives based on youth progress

Quality Improvement

A comprehensive plan of improvement was developed by Youth Parole staff to address organizational and professional competence as well as improve service delivery.  Areas addressed included:

  • Increasing effective communication,
  • Standardizing statewide policy and practice,
  • Outlining steps to an improved service delivery including development of an aftercare pilot,
  • Reconciling current and archival data in the Information System,
  • Identifying activities to better address the limited English proficiency needs of youth and families,
  • Enhancing the assessment and placement process through staff training and eliminating duplicative business processes.

Youth Parole Brochure (pdf)

 
 

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