Youth Community Corrections consists of:
- eight Juvenile Parole Officers (JPOs) located in six offices across the state
- a Transportation Officer who transports youth statewide
- a Program Manager in Helena
The JPO in Miles City also serves as a Youth Reentry Coordinator to support youth preparing to reenter the community from the Pine Hills Correctional Facility.
Duties of Juvenile Parole Officers (JPOs)
Juvenile Parole Officers are committed to partnering with youth, parents, family members, treatment providers and others to support and provide opportunities for youth to have successful, productive lives without criminal involvement.
JPOs provide parole supervision to youth who are committed to the Department of Corrections by the Youth Courts. They also supervise youth paroled from other states who reside in Montana under the Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ).
JPOs begin working with youth and families at the time of a youth’s commitment. They support youth and families’ participation in treatment services beginning when youth are placed in a youth correctional facility, continuing through their return to the community.
JPOs are agents of change. They use the evidence-based program Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) and case planning based on the Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) to support, monitor and encourage youth to maintain a changed lifestyle of avoiding drug use and illegal behavior.
Family participation and reintegration are emphasized from the day a youth is committed to the department. Through a contract with Youth Homes, Inc., that agency provides:
- family reentry services, including parent management training
- family therapy
- coaching during the youth’s stay at a correctional facility and continuing upon release to the community
- "Guide Home" placements for youth who need guidance while they reside in a family environment
A contract with Mountain Peaks, Inc., provides mentoring for all youth on parole in communities throughout Montana.
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