Funded Programs And Departments

Youth benefiting from the Foundation include the youth involved in the Probation Services Department and its Drug Court/Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (T.A.S.C.), the Center for Adolescent Services (C.A.S.), the Detention Services Department and the Judge Frank W. Nicholas Residential Treatment Center (N.R.T.C.).  Funding is also provided for supportive volunteer programs such as the Court’s Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A.) program, the Citizen Review Board and Reclaiming Futures.

The Center for Adolescent Services (C.A.S.) is located in the Village of New Lebanon, Ohio and is a co-educational secure residential correctional/treatment facility. Its current capacity is 34 boys and 10 girls.  This highly structured program provides a safe and secure learning environment for youth adjudicated of a felony offense(s). Youth participate in a cognitive-behavioral treatment program stressing pro-social skills, self-discipline, and personal responsibility. In addition, youth must participate actively in a year-round academic program in which credits are earned and transferred to their permanent academic record. Additional services provided for all youth include medical and health services, daily recreation, food services, custodial services, and a program of aftercare.

Use of Foundation Funds:  Funding has been critical in the implementation of a reward based system for youth program success.  Youth have opportunities to earn rewards based upon meeting and/or exceeding expectations while undergoing treatment. The addition of a structured reward system increases the Center’s ability and provides more tools in working with and creating behavioral changes in youth.

Detention Services is a 144-bed facility, which includes an 84-bed short-term detention facility that houses both male and female youth pending court disposition or transfer to another jurisdiction, a 24-bed residential treatment option (JCARE) for boys who may typically have been committed to the Department of Youth Services and a 36-bed short-term correctional high-impact intervention program.  These programs offer comprehensive programming (educational programming and recreational, therapeutic group and community-sponsored activities) for youth in a safe and secure environment, while protecting the public safety.

Use of Foundation Funds:  Funds have been used to orchestrate an annual court health fair. The children are given the opportunity to learn information about topics such as; health promotion, safety, and mental and physical health. The workshops provided information important to youth, focusing on the impact of health choices and the development of constructive life skills. Vendors provided information regarding immunizations, disease and cancer.  The Montgomery County Health Department offered HIV testing on site.

Funds are also used to provide enrichment activities, such as motivational speakers, and reconstructive and rehabilitative behaviors workshops, an incentive/reward system for positive behavior and recreational activities.  Lastly, these funds allow Detention Services to provide holiday celebrations and Christmas gifts for youth being housed at the facility.

Probation  Services  is organized into nine units: Geographical Probation Units I, II and III,  which provide supervision and monitoring, Resource Planning Program, which provides out-of-home placements, Community Based Services which provides work therapy and houses the Residential Alternatives Program RAP (an early intervention home-based program); Drug Court/Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC); Juvenile Court Work Program (JCWP); and the Intensive Probation Services Unit, which provides intensive supervision and services.  Probation Services also uses Probation Officers in the Learning Independence and Family Empowerment (LIFE) Program.  The primary mission of Montgomery County Juvenile Court Probation Services is to provide effective, quality services to both youth and families of Montgomery County, and to provide effective strength-based case management to youth placed on probation supervision.  Probation Services supervises over 1,000 youth.

Use of Foundation Funds:  Funding allows youth to participate in numerous strength based recreational and enrichment activities. Activities includes: flag football tournaments, kick ball tournaments, roller skating parties, basketball tournaments, talent shows, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts groups, girl’s photography group, boy’s growth groups, game day in the park, back to school extravaganza and black history month programming, etc.  Lastly, funding is used to purchase bus tokens, school clothing, school supplies and other personal items for youth whose families cannot afford such items.

Probation Services/Drug Court/T.A.S.C. is a separate and specialized docket within the Montgomery County Juvenile Court assisting in the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders who have been adversely affected by drugs and alcohol.  Drug Court provides intense services to approximately 100 youth and their families at any given time.  Depending on the youth’s performance and progress, successful completion typically takes nine (9) months, but can take up to two years.  Specifically, Drug Court provides judicially supervised treatment and case management, mandatory random drug testing, community supervision, and the use of appropriate incentives and sanctions.    By partnering with local agencies, Drug Court connects youth to pro-social activities and programs including sports leagues, summer employment and camps.  Furthermore, Drug Court youth are automatically connected to the Natural Helper’s program, through the Court’s Reclaiming Futures.

Use of Foundation Funds:  In addition to participation in the pro-social activities funded under Probation Services, funds are used for Drug Court graduations.   This includes the purchase of graduation robes, certificates, and gifts for the drug court graduates.

The Frank W. Nicholas Residential Treatment Center for Youth (NRTC) is a 24-hour non-secure residential facility with a bed capacity of 22. The facility consists of two cottages, which include the dormitories, an educational program (Nicholas-Liberty School), recreational space and the administrative offices. The Center provides behavioral interventions for males, 11 to 17 years of age, who are residents of Montgomery County and who have been adjudicated delinquent and/or unruly. The program generally takes 6-9 months to complete, based on the progress and compliance of each youth. While involved in the program, youth and their families can expect to participate in family, individual and group counseling, as well as community resources, school, athletics and other pro-social activities.

Use of Foundation Funds:  Funds are used for an incentive/reward system, recreational and educational enrichment programming.

The Reclaiming Futures Programisa program formerly initiated and funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.   This program works to find a community solution for youth involved with the juvenile justice system who have substance abuse problems.  This is accomplished through a coordinated seamless system of care that includes Natural Helpers (volunteers who provide support and encouragement to youth and families) and pro-social opportunities.  The Program recruits, screens, trains, matches and supports volunteer citizens who serve as Natural Helper mentors to enhance teens’ lives and success.  It also maintains viable community-based partnerships for pro-social opportunities and resources to benefit court youth, advancing the Reclaiming Futures’ coordinated, individualized response and community directed engagement model of care for youth challenged by substance abuse.

Use of Foundation Funds:  Funds are used to support pro-social activities for youth and their Natural Helpers.

The COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE (C.A.S.A.) is aprogram which trains and supervises volunteers who act as advocates for neglected and dependent children in the Juvenile Court.  Over 80 advocates are appointed as the children’s guardians-ad-litem and are involved with these children throughout the court process.  Their responsibilities consist of researching a child’s circumstances, reviewing records, monitoring cases and preparing written reports, along with recommendations to the Court with all the relevant facts that will serve as an independent, objective voice for children.  CASA/GAL volunteers also make sure services are provided, court orders are carried out and the Court is informed of any new developments.

Use of Foundation Funds:  Funds are used to recruit and train volunteers.  Once a year, these volunteer advocates are honored in annual recognition dinners.

The CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD (CRB)is an independent arm of the Juvenile Court that monitors the Montgomery County Jobs and Family Services Children Service Division’s (CSD) reasonable efforts and permanency planning for children placed in foster care.  CRB coordinates 20 trained volunteers who monitor local child welfare case planning and family reunification services for children in foster care.  CRB's monitoring efforts includes conducting semi-annual court reviews, annual review hearings and formal reviews.

Use of Foundation Funds:  Funds are used for training purposes and funds are used once a year to recognize the volunteers’ efforts for ensuring the quality of services provided to abused, neglected and dependent children with an annual recognition luncheon.