Connections - Specialized Probation
Contact: Jeff Olsen (564) 397-4966
Endorsed and supported by the Superior Court Judges and the Board of County Councilors, Juvenile Court, in partnership with the mental health community, developed a strength-based, family-centered program that significantly increases services to juvenile offenders with behavioral health issues.
Balanced and Restorative Justice principles and values are incorporated in the program design to increase youth competencies, provide services to victims and to increase public safety. Families, especially parents, are seen as full partners in developing, delivering and implementing interventions in a wraparound process to ensure that services respond to the real needs and concerns of youth and families.
Probation counselors, juvenile services associates, care coordinators/mental health therapists, and family assistance specialists staff this unit.