Tompkins County Juvenile Justice System
1. Why do families enter this system?
Families enter this system due to youth truancy, runaway behavior, ungovernable and incorrigible behavior, use of marijuana, and delinquency.
2. Who do families enter this system?
Families enter this system based on referral by parent, school, police, and directly from court.
3. What does the system provide?
Probation may provide information about alternatives to probation services. Juvenile probation officers have generally been trained to use a valid assessment protocol such as the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI) and effective case planning strategies to match youth and families to the appropriate intervention services. For youth reffered to intake, probation provides prompt screening to determine the child's risk of continuing in the presenting behaviors, with triage and full assessment of moderate and high risk cases to identify service needs that must be met to reduce the risk and prevent the child from being the subject of a petition to family court as either a Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) or a Juvenile Delinquent (JD). Probation works collaboratively with other service providers to match youth to appropriate community-based intervention services. Where a petition is filed and a youth is adjudicated, probation may prepare a report to the family court prior to disposition (required for a JD adjudications). Probation also supervises youth places on probation by the family court.
4. What are the eligibility requirements?
All youth who are ungovernable, incorrigible, or beyond the control of their parents, are truant, use marijuana, or who are runaways qualify for services a Person In Need of Supervision (PINS). Youth who are issued Juvenile Delinquency (JD) appearance tickets by police for behavior which if committed by an adult would constitute a crime are also eligible for services.
5. What are the laws or regulations of the system?
The applicable laws include the New York Family Court Act Article 7 governing PROCEEDINGS COVERING WHETHER A PERSON IS IN NEED OF SUPERVISION (PINs); Article 3 governing JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, various Court Rules. The applicable regulations are promulgated by the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives General Rules and Regulations Title 9 NYCRR Subtitle H Regulations.
6. What family supports exist within this system?
Juvenile probation work includes engaging and supporting youth and families to participate in services to the identified risk behaviors that resulted in the original referral to probation. Such engagement and support for participation includes youth and parental involvement in assessment, case planning (including identifying possible barriers and obstacles to successful completion of plan objectives), selecting appropriate and timely interventions, linking youth and families to the right types of services, monitoring change and taking appropriate action to foster and sustain positive behaviors.
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