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Wednesdays: 7-8:30 p.m., Sundays: 1-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
They do not have to wait, and are able to come the next available time.
Parents are required to attend at least 4 times a month.
The big takeaways from the program tend to be better social skills, more self-control, an increased sense of responsibility, more self-respect and respect for others, more empathy and family re-unification.
Our focus is on changing thinking, which changes behavior, which changes outcomes (cognitive-behavioral therapy). Most opportunities would come after the rehabilitation work is done and the youth are released. We do provide information, do community service, take field trips, etc.
The MVJRC correctional-treatment program is funded by the Ohio Department of Youth Services pursuant to a grant. That grant stipulates that once a youth is released from the MVJRC program, no form of after-care is provided. Although we do a lot of after-care planning, the actual role of after-care is that of the juvenile court (all youth committed to MVJRC are committed by a juvenile court judge on a felony offense). The Ohio Department of Youth Services also funds juvenile court programs and promotes after-care programs through a very successful funding model called RECLAIM.
So, we are just focused on rehabilitation and the court is responsible for after-care. That being said, there are a lot of gaps in the juvenile system regarding effective after-care. It is an area of corrections that needs a lot of work.
We work with boys and girls ages 12-18. The average length of stay is about 160 days. We are a secure, residential facility with a maximum capacity of 24. Our average daily population is about 21. The youth live in 4 units based on “risk-level” and other factors. We engaged in a “Conditions of Confinement” Action Plan from 2012-2014 to minimize confinement time in their individual sleeping rooms, so the youth are often interacting in structured activities or recreational activities on their living units or in other areas of the facility. Part of our curriculum is called Skillstreaming, which is an evidence-based, structured social skills training curriculum that includes role-playing strategies for dealing with difficult situations. A secondary benefit of the role-playing is an increased level of comfort speaking in front of people and interacting socially.
Interaction only occurs during Circle of Courage and Therapy Groups. The opposite sex are kept separate.