Commitment

Role of the Juvenile Probation Officer
Together, with the juvenile's parents and representatives of the facility, the juvenile probation officer is responsible for the development and implementation of the family service plan and the placement plan amendment which identify the agreed upon services to be provided to a juvenile and family during the time of commitment. Additionally, the juvenile probation officer is responsible for routine on-site visits, monitoring the services, progress, and communication of this information to the parents.

As required by law, a juvenile who is in commitment is required to have either a six month review or a six month dispositional review hearing. Additionally, some juveniles are required to have a nine month dispositional review hearing. To insure a smooth and successful transition from the facility to the community, the juvenile probation officer is responsible for developing a plan with the juvenile, the parents, representatives of the facility, and others who have an invested interest in an aftercare plan that meets those particular needs of the juvenile.

Secure Detention or Alternative Care
Those juveniles who meet the standards can be detained in secure detention. Juveniles who do not meet the secure detention eligibility standards but require the use of alternative care are placed in emergency shelter or in foster care pending a hearing in court. In either of the above situations:
  1. A petition in delinquency must be filed within 24 hours from the date of admission
  2. A detention hearing must be held within 72 hours from the date of admission to detention or alternative care
  3. An adjudication hearing must be held within 10 days from the filing of the petition
Additionally, if the juvenile is remanded to secure detention or alternative care after the adjudication hearing, a disposition hearing must be held within 20 days. During the time a juvenile is detained in secure detention, a detention review process must be completed by the court every 10 days after disposition.

Some juveniles may be approved by the court for involvement in the In-Home Detention Services Program with electronic monitoring, which is designed to give youth, who are detained, an opportunity to return to their homes under intense supervision and rules while awaiting their hearing in juvenile court.