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 (firstname.lastname@example.org):
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 victims.
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 from school.
Our philosophy is that they should work if they are not in school.
Electronic Monitoring - If a child is placed under an order of house arrest, the Court can utilize an ankle bracelet and monitor the child electronically with the use of phone lines. A report is then furnished, which indicates whether the child has absconded or otherwise violated house arrest.
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.
Probation Intervention Officer - This officer coordinates intervention services for the Probation Department to include parent and youth specific activities. This program monitors compliance with court orders and probation terms and conditions, as well as develops strength-based linkages throughout the community promoting pro-social activities. The youth on this specialized caseload have been adjudicated of status offenses or are in alternative placements.
- 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.
Contractual Services supervised by Cathy Follett and Julie Norberg:
- Clinical Assessment – Contracts with the Family Resource Center and Dr. Tom Hull of Alternative Behavioral Services allow this program to provide screening, assessment and behavioral health services for youth involved in the Juvenile Court.
- Family Preservation/Home Based Services – A contract with the Family Resource Center allows for the Home-Builders Program to work with court-involved youth. These youth have been adjudicated of a felony offense and have either a suspended commitment to the Ohio Department of Youth Services or are returning to Allen County from an Ohio Department of Youth Services Institution. This program works to reduce criminal activity, school and family disruptions, and out-of-home placements due to delinquent behaviors.
- DMC (Disproportionate Minority Contact) Initiative – This initiative provides assessment and evaluation services for the DMC committee. This committee was formed in collaboration with law enforcement and other community agencies to address disproportionality of minority arrest, court referral, and incarceration.
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