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Treatment Program of the Walter J. Roush Rehabilitation Center
is a multi-faceted operation designed to help youth identify
personal attitudes and correct the inappropriate behavior
which led to the child's involvement with the Juvenile Court.
A youth may enter treatment only by order of the Court after
an adjudicatory hearing. The program is housed at 1000 Wardhill
Avenue, Lima, Ohio, and provides for individual, family and
group counseling. Academic instruction is provided under the
supervision of the Academic Coordinator, certified teaching
staff and the teacher's aides. Tutoring services
are also provided to assist those students with special academic
Other programmatic staff include the Director,
Assistant Director of Treatment Services, three Intervention Facilitators
and an Activity Leader. Working in conjunction with the Probation
Department, Diversion Services and the Day Treatment Program, these staff are ultimately
responsible for providing the therapeutic and academic interventions
offered by the Treatment Program. Operational staff assist
in maintaining the consistent daily activity structure necessary
to address negative behaviors and to affirm positive ones.
The daily agenda includes school time, leisure
and recreation periods, and educational programs. Special
events and activities include guest speakers, field trips
and special recreational events. Program guidelines ensure
that youth are held accountable for their behavior while simultaneously
being afforded options for earning additional privileges. Individual,
family and group counseling are the primary focus of the rehabilitative
process. School, employment and counseling release programs
are provided for youth incorporating community vocational
training, network agency counseling and preparation for re-entry
to the youth's home, school system and community environment.
Various outside agencies serve to enhance the Center's counseling
and academic programs. Cognitive behavior modification, counseling
and assessment services are provided by a licensed Clinical
Psychologist on a contractual basis.
In addition to the intense counseling, the
Treatment Program emphasizes medical, dental and personal
hygiene issues. A physician and nurse are scheduled to perform
physical assessments and to provide medical treatment as needed.
This, combined with dietary plans for wholesome and nutritional
meals underscores the Center's philosophy of providing a comprehensive
approach to individualized treatment.
The Allen County Juvenile Treatment and
Detention Center operates under the auspices of the Allen
County Juvenile Court. The facility is part of the David O.
Steiner Juvenile Services Center located on 4.1 acres in Shawnee
Township at 1000 Wardhill Avenue, Lima, Ohio. The Juvenile
Services Center provides sleeping facilities, indoor/outdoor
recreational areas, and education facilities. Capacity rating
is for 33 youth, 21 males and 12 females that reside in the
one-story brick structure constructed in 1973.
The youth in the Detention Program are afforded
individual and group intervention opportunities as well as
other activities including arts and crafts, academic, computer
classes, recreational and leisure time, and guest speakers.
Visitation is provided three times a week. Church services
are provided on a voluntary basis each Sunday. Medical services
are afforded to the youth as needed. A physician and a nurse
are scheduled throughout the week to provide medical treatment
and physical screening.
A minimum of two staff members (one male
and one female) work the Detention Program at all times, providing
twenty-four (24) hour supervision. Center staff are trained
in CPR, First Aid, intakes/releases, unarmed self-defense, non-violent
physical restraint, suicide interventions, verbal de-escalation, daily activity programming, and
other operational procedures. The Director, Assistant Director
of Detention Services, Shift Supervisors and Academic Coordinator
supervise staff. Operational staff include full-time and part-time
youth leaders, cooking/custodial staff, certified teachers,
teacher's aides and administrative secretarial staff.
The Center's primary objective is to provide
a safe, secure and humane environment for youth, provide for
their daily needs, and encourage them by example to make positive
changes in their lives.