Purpose and Philosophy
The Post-D Program is a long term (up to six months) program designed to allow residents ages 14 - 17 to serve their sentence in the HJDC while receiving local treatment services designed to address their court involvement. This program of local confinement, treatment services, and release plans will increase the residentís awareness of the consequences for involvement in criminal activities, balance the communityís needs with the residentís future involvement with the resident court system, and reduce the current percentage of residents with juvenile court records from entering the adult correctional system.
The philosophy of the Post-D Program of the HJDC is two fold. First, it is to provide court services and judges an alternative to state placement for those residents that are deemed appropriate for intervention through a prescriptive and rehabilitative education model in reference to VA Code Section 16.1-284.1. Secondly, residents will leave the program in a better mental and physical condition than they exhibited upon entering and more able to live appropriately in society.
Each resident in the Post-D Program will receive anger management, substance abuse education, independent living skills, re-parenting skills, pre-employment and employment education, behavioral and disciplinary reform, academic instruction, as well as individualized services as identified by the service plan. Good decision making skills and impulse control are also addressed daily.
Criteria for Acceptance
The criteria to be accepted into the HJDC Post-D Program are as follows:
In order to place a juvenile in the Post-D program, a referral shall be completed by the referring probation officer prior to the resident being placed in the program. The referral (available below) can be faxed to the Post-D Coordinator at (276) 466-7820, ATTN: Patti Mumpower.
Upon review of the referral, the Post-D Program Coordinator will complete the Admission Packet that includes the Assessment for Appropriateness. The Post-D Program Coordinator will notify the referring probation officer of the decision to accept or deny the resident into the program. The referring probation officer will then give a Post-D Program information packet to each child and parent/legal guardian prior to the child entering the program that briefly explains the program including visitation, medical responsibilities, behavior management, and individual responsibilities. It is to be made clear that the juvenile will not receive credit for time served and that the suspended commitment will be imposed upon failure in the Post-D Program.
Upon acceptance into the the Post-D program, but prior to juvenile's arrival, the following forms must be completed, signed and submitted to the Post-D Coordinator:
Once the above criteria is met, the child must arrive with the following:
No later than thirty days after placement, there will be a Service Plan Meeting at the Detention Center with the Post-D Program Coordinator, the child, childís probation officer, Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) (if available), and any other parties participating. During the Service Plan meeting, the following will be completed, signed, and a copy given where appropriate:
The Post-D Program residentsí progress is measured through weekly update reports and 30 day review reports, which include a specific progress report completed by the Post-D Program Coordinator, with information provided by the resident, the residentís family or legal guardian (if appropriate), the residentís probation officer, the Principal (educational), the Mental Health Therapist (psychological/behavioral), and the Administrative Supervisor (disciplinary), as well as any other Staff responsible for daily implementation of the resident's individualized service plan. Each progress report will review the:
At a minimum, service plan and progress reviews for each post-dispositional resident will take place on the following schedule.
Each plan and quarterly progress report shall include the date it was developed and the signature of the person who developed it. The Post-D Coordinator will be responsible for distributing a copy of the initial individualized service plan, each update, and all quarterly progress reports to the resident; the resident's family, legal guardian, or legally authorized representative; the placing agency; and appropriate facility staff.
When the Post-D Program Coordinator distributes the initial individualized service plan, each update, and all quarterly reports the date, time, what was distributed, and to whom it was distributed will be logged on the Inventory of Post-Dispositional Contacts located in the Post-D residentís file.
The criteria and procedures for terminating services prior to the residentís successful completion of the Post-D program are as follows:
Negative behavior, rule violations, and non-compliance with service plan goals will be handled on an individual basis.
To be removed from the Post-D Program, a mandatory meeting will be held with the resident, probation officer, and Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) (if available) to determine court recommendations. From this meeting a joint contract will be signed showing that all parties involved understand this is the last step in the termination process. If a juvenileís behavior leads to a recommendation for program removal, the Post-D Program Coordinator may either make that recommendation at the next review hearing or request that the Probation Officer file a motion requesting program removal. The Judge will make the final decision for program removal.