At-Risk programing for the youth of Laurinburg and the surrounding towns of Scotland County.
Mentoring - Provides opportunities for adult volunteers to be matched with delinquent or at-risk youth on a one-on-one basis. The mentor is an individual providing support, friendship, advice, and/or assistance to the juvenile. After recruitment, screening and training, the mentor spends time with the juvenile on a regular basis engaged in activities such as sports, movies, helping with homework, etc. (Length of Stay= Minimum 1 year, Frequency of Contact= should average 2 hours per week).
Parent/Family Skill Building – Services that focus on interactional or interpersonal issues faced by a parent(s)/family of a juvenile. This service works to develop parenting skills, communication skills, discipline techniques, and other related skills. May include sessions for parents only and/or sessions for parents and their child(ren). (Length of Stay= Minimum 12 weeks unless implementing a model program & following model specifications, Frequency of Contact= no less than 2 hours weekly).
Clinical Assessments or Psychological Evaluations - Clinical Evaluations and Assessments, including Psychological Evaluations to help court counselors and judges recommend the most appropriate consequences and treatment for court involved youth.
Interpersonal Skill Building – Services that focus on developing the social skills required for an individual to interact in a positive way with others. The basic skill model begins with an individual’s goals, progresses to how these goals should be translated into appropriate and effective social behaviors, and concludes with the impact of the behavior on the social environment. Typical training techniques are instruction, modeling of behavior, practice and rehearsal, feedback, reinforcement. May also include training in a set of techniques, such as conflict resolution or decision making, that focus on how to effectively deal with specific types of problems or issues that an individual may confront in interacting with others. (Length of Stay= Minimum 12 weeks unless implementing a model program & following model specifications, Frequency of Contact= no less than 2 hours weekly)
Restitution/Community Service Restitution - Programs that provide opportunities for offender to be accountable for their actions to the community and/or victim(s) through forms of payments or community service work that earns money to repay the victim(s). Community Service - A court-ordered dispositional alternative for a delinquent juvenile, consistent with the requirements of G.S. 7A-649, and entailing, on the juvenile’s part, for purposes of this definition either community service to redress an injury to any person or entity that has suffered loss or damage as a result of the offense committed by the juvenile. Services should be provided for diverted and/or adjudicated youth. (Length of Stay: Diverted youth and Teen Court referrals= no more than 6 months, Court supervision= one year unless otherwise ordered; Frequency of Contact= minimum twice per month and no less than 8 hours per month)
Teen Court - Provides a diversion from juvenile court where trained adult and youth volunteers act as officials of the court to hear complaints. These programs make recommendations for appropriate sanctions including but not limited to community service and restitution (if applicable) to be assigned to the youth who have admitted committing minor delinquency and undisciplined complaints. Professional adult staff provides supervision of the court proceedings and any subsequent community service and/or restitution. (Length of Stay= Not to exceed 120 days, however 60 additional days may be approved to complete sanctions; Frequency of Contact= Not Specified)
Mediation/Conflict Resolution - Programs offering a private process of negotiation conducted by a neutral, third party person, a Mediator. These programs offer immediate and short-term involvement with youth to focus on negative and/or offending behaviors. Mediation is a consensual decision-making process by parties who work towards a mutual understanding to resolve a problem or a dispute. Mediators do not counsel or give advice but facilitate communication among parties as the parties work to reach their own decision regarding resolution of their conflict. Services should be provided for diverted and/or adjudicated youth and may include victim/offender reconciliation. (Length of Stay= No longer than 90 days, Frequency of Contact= Based upon the requirements of the program
Juvenile Structured Day Programs - Programs that offer well supervised and highly structured program of service to youth. Such service may enable youth to remain in the community. Clients may be long-term suspended from school or have behavior that might otherwise result in placement in detention. Typically, this type structure serves youth who are court involved and referrals are made from juvenile court counselors. Programs can either be full day or partial day (emphasis on service in the afternoon/after school hours). It is desirable for programs to have both treatment and educational components, such as, Individual and/or Family Counseling, Substance Abuse Education/Treatment, Restitution/Community Service, Tutoring, Alternative Education, Vocational Development and Structured Activities. (Length of Stay= Not to exceed one year without detailed documentation of need, Frequency of Contact=NA)
Sexual Offender Treatment - Provides outpatient assessment and/or therapeutic services to juvenile offenders targeting inappropriate sexual conduct and offending behavior with clear focus on rehabilitation and accountability of the offender. Practiced primarily in groups, has a family focus, has designated follow-up procedures and is generally legally mandated. (Length of Stay=1 ½ to 2 years, Frequency of Contact= weekly with declining frequency as the course of treatment concludes).