PO Box 419
Lima, Ohio 45802
Lima, OH 45802
Because the annual appropriation
from the Allen County Commissioners is for salaries
and operations only, the Court must rely on allocations
by the Ohio Department of Youth Services for specific
programming for youth. These funds are not competitive;
they are allocated to Allen County through a statewide
formula. The Court must determine what areas of
need these programs will fulfill. The following
are programs operated by the Youth Service Subsidy:
Supervised by the Chief Probation Officer
Restitution Program - The Restitution
Program has operated under the direction of the
Juvenile Court since 1981. This program offers
youth the opportunity to perform duties at a public
service work site, and accrue "wages"
based on the current minimum wage rate. These
accrued funds are then used to reimburse their
Restitution is an order from the Court to pay
a dollar amount concerning a delinquent act that
resulted in either property or physical damage.
Frequently youth are not able to pay the money
to meet this obligation, usually due to the fact
they are not old enough to work, or have not achieved
an education that would enable them to seek employment.
Youth are generally referred to the program by
their Probation Officer as a condition of their
probation. This means they have the opportunity
to work after school and/or during summer vacation
to pay their victims.
This program was designed to serve the victim,
and to see that the victim is reimbursed for monies
lost through physical or property damage. The
second objective is that the youth will experience
some accountability for their offense.
Community Service Program - Youth
working community service hours are realizing
an immediate consequence to certain negative behaviors.
This program is designed to serve the youth who
have been ordered to perform a designated number
of community service hours. These hours must be
completed at a public service work site, and the
youth receives no monetary compensation.
The number of hours is normally determined by
the severity of the offense. Orders for community
service hours may come from the Judge, or the
youth's Probation Officer.
Truancy/Suspension Program - Frequently
when a youth is truant or suspended from school,
they will be referred to work on this program.
Whereas, restitution and community service may
require many hours, this is a short-term program.
The number of days the youth participates will
depend on how many days they will be suspended
Our philosophy is that they should work if they
are not in school.
Home Supervision Program - Before a child has
been adjudicated unruly or delinquent, it may
come to the Court's attention that the child
should be monitored under temporary orders in
order to insure the safety of the child, family
or community. If there currently is no court
worker assigned to the child, the child can
be monitored by a home supervision worker, who
is an employee of the Court.
Electronic Monitoring - Before a child has been adjudicated
unruly or delinquent, it may come to the Court's attention that
the child should be monitored under temporary orders in order to
insure the safety of the child, family or community. If there
currently is no court worker assigned to the child, the child
can be monitored by a home supervision worker, who is an employee
of the Court.
Drug Testing - Funding from the Ohio Department of Youth
Services allows the Probation Department, and more specifically
the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, to do on-site drug testing.
- Day Treatment Program – A child may be ordered
to attend day treatment, where they will attend school and
receive life skills training and professional counseling
services without being removed from their homes. This program
is an alternative to secure treatment.
Ameri-Corps is a federally funded
grant, entitled Partnership for Success Juvenile
Justice Work Connection. The program addresses
the problems of the lack of preparedness for employment
among juvenile offenders by providing Ameri-Corps
members who link youth to appropriate existing
programs and develop additional services including
a volunteer component. The member will provide
case management services to youth, including linking
services to youth, with WIA services such as tutoring,
summer employment opportunities, and occupational