Education & Intervention
South Front Street
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Mission Statement: "The mission of Youth Education and Intervention Services is to divert unruly/delinquent youth from penetrating further into the Juvenile Justice System through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and restore the lives of troubled youth."
Vision Statement: "Youth Education and Intervention Services strives to achieve excellence in providing innovative programming, education, intervention and restorative services to victims, offenders, communities, youth and families in Franklin County."
Officers work with families, social workers, hospitals, and attorneys
screen cases on a daily basis. Intake/Diversion Officers provide a
process for cases of abuse, neglect or dependency that family members
some instances professionals who have direct knowledge of abuse,
dependency of children must complete before formal court intervention
initiated. Through Youth Education & Intervention Services,
families have access to the Court
have their cases reviewed by filing a motion. Pre-dispositional motions
be filed through Youth Education & Intervention Services by
anyone who has an interest in the
Post-dispositional motions can only be filed through Youth Education
& Intervention Services
parent(s) and/or custodians and only if there are current orders to
County Children Services. Intake/Diversion Officers are also
processing certifications from other counties or other courts, adult
cases involving adults and children, consent to marry cases and
"by-pass" cases. Intake/Diversion Officers make referrals to
community resources if Court intervention is not warranted.
with the Franklin County Juvenile Prosecutor’s office, first-time
offenders are referred to the Youth Education & Intervention
Services Intake/Diversion Unit
Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and Juvenile Magistrates. Youth
to Youth Education & Intervention Services are scheduled to
appear, with their parent or
before an Intake/Diversion Officer. Once assessed, the diverted youth
referred to a number of community based programs including Directions
Youth, Franklin County Children Services or a variety of other programs
are based in the Franklin County area. Additionally, youth diverted
traditional court can be referred to Court managed programs such as
Court, Juvenile Restorative Justice Circles, Community Service and
Successful completion of the diversion process can result in the youth
having a formal court record. Failure to successfully complete
results in youth being charged formally.
having difficulty with their teenage son or daughter may come to the
Youth Education & Intervention Services Department to meet with
an Intake worker, once other
have been exhausted. The parent and child will meet with the staff
an attempt to resolve home conflicts or unruly or incorrigible
assessment tool will be used to determine if any mental health or
issues exist and the child will be referred to either Franklin County
Children Services or Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Additionally, the
worker will assist the parent with a formal unruly/incorrigible
which will be filed in the Juvenile Court and scheduled for preliminary
hearing. Should services be successfully implemented the formal filing
be dismissed at the preliminary hearing. If services are not
implemented the Juvenile Court may issue a temporary order of custody
child to Franklin County Children Services.
contractual agreement, the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio
Franklin County Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile Branch currently
two grant funded Truancy Officers.
Truancy Officers are responsible for working with local school
enforce the state attendance laws. Staff
meet with and monitor students in the
school setting to address violations of attendance policies.
Additionally, staff issue
youth/parents who violate attendance policies, file formal complaints
educate parents and students about applicable laws.
Justice Circles Program
Justice Circles address the victim’s needs and
harms, hold the offender accountable, and include the community needs
concerns. Community volunteers provide juveniles with the opportunity
the harm done to their victims and to make a positive contribution to
own community. Restorative Justice Circles act as an arm to the Court
bringing together the juvenile offender and his/her parent(s), the
and members of the community. The participants discuss the offense, ask
questions, and make decisions as to how the offender should take
responsibility for his or her actions. These decisions are made in the
of an agreement to be signed by all parties involved. The Restorative
Circle and Juvenile Court staff then monitor the juvenile’s progress.
Successful completion of this diversion process can result in the youth
having a formal court record.
Court is a community-based, Court-operated intervention
program designed to provide an alternative response from the juvenile
system for the first-time misdemeanor offender. Teen Court adheres to
restorative justice theory, which is based on the premise of
to the victim and community, as well as adding an educational
Teens, having admitted their involvement to various charges, receive
sentencing from other teens. Teen defendants in turn, serve as jurors,
attorneys or bailiffs in the cases of other teens. This provides teens
the opportunity to impact other peers in a productive and positive way
imposing appropriate and fair dispositions (sentences). Teen Court
juvenile offenders accountable and provides educational enlightenment
youth into the juvenile justice system. It is with this information and
knowledge that the youthful offender becomes better equipped to make
life choices, change negative behaviors and leads to the enhancement of
public safety. Successful completion of this diversion process can
the youth not having a formal court record.
Education and Intervention Services Staff
Troth, Deputy Director Juvenile Programs and Services
Restorative Justice Coordinator
Intake/Diversion Counselor/Teen Court Coordinator
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Youth Education and Intervention Services
a.m. to 3:30
Monday thru Friday
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