The Youth Parole Bureau works to connect youth and families to numerous treatment and rehabilitation services and programs. These programs include:
Washoe County youth entering parole status will attend a school staffing to determine the best academic placement in order to be successful. The team reviews transcripts and behavioral history, adjudications, previous school records, IEP records, current gang issues and trends. The members include the School Behavior Programs Director, School Police, Special Education Services, the youth's zoned school representative, Parole Counselor, and the youth and their parent(s).
Adoption Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) for Youth Parole
The Nevada Youth Parole Bureau continues to apply child welfare practices to the supervision of parole youth who require out-of-home placements. This process requires the implementation of child welfare policies into Youth Parole supervision practices and enhancements within UNITY, our Information Management Services (IMS)
Anger Management Program
This program is designed to help parolees who have exhibited a difficult time controlling their anger in either the correctional or social arenas. Youth who complete the program are provided the tools necessary to address their anger in an appropriate and effective manner. The program is an eight week group that meets for approximately ninety minutes, once a week with 6-8 parolees. Topics covered include anger vs. aggression, cues to recognizing anger, assertiveness training, role of family in anger, alternatives to negative behavior, decision making skills, and Anger Control Plans, among other topics.
The Children's Cabinet exists to keep children safe and families together by offering services and resources that address unmet needs, through a unique and effective cooperative effort between the private sector and public agencies in Northern/Southern Nevada. Through collaborative efforts with the State of Nevada Youth Parole Bureau, The Children's Cabinet provides independent living services for youth that are eligible for Chafee funds. Identified youth are assigned to a Children's Cabinet case manager who will work closely with their parole officer and community partners to provide wraparound services which include life skills training, educational assistance, financial assistance and other support to the youth and their family to promote their success in the community.
Drug Court is an intensive, nine (9) month substance abuse treatment program, which includes weekly group counseling and weekly Court appearances to monitor progress.
Designed for youth between the ages of 18-21 who have limited work history, this program is a collaboration with the Caliente Youth Center and Youth Parole to guide youth through the process of self-examination, confidence-building, job preparation, job-seeking, interviewing, and retaining a job.
Mental Health Counselors meet with family members of youth recently sent to correctional placement. The family members are informed of the goals of correctional programming and the role of Youth Parole Counselors. Mental Health Counselors will address any concerns family members may have regarding their youth in placement. Family members will be asked about any specific problems that may need to be addressed in placement and/or while on Parole.
Gang intervention programming is provided at the Las Vegas Youth Parole Office. This program is focused on addressing needs and risk factors inherent in seeking gang affiliation, leaving a gang, gang violence, and the gang mindset.
Gender-Specific programming is provided at the Las Vegas Youth Parole Office. The program is a concentrated effort to provide girls with decision-making and life skills that will assist them in positive female development and successful societal reintegration. The group teaches positive relationship building skills and empowers girls to use their voices, to speak for themselves, and to recognize they have choices. It takes into account the developmental needs of girls at adolescence, which is a critical stage for gender identity formation. The program nurtures and reinforces being a female as a positive identity with inherent strengths.
Group-Based Outpatient Treatment for Adolescent Substance Abuse
This program is a 20-week program that consists of 19 group sessions, a minimum of three individual and four family therapy sessions (there is an optional component for bi-weekly parent education and support groups). The program is designed for youth ages 14-17 and is classified as a Level I, moderate intensity, group treatment program.
This Reno based Parole program focuses on providing youth with pro-social activities with the goal of helping them get involved with a more positive peer group and lifestyle. The group meets with YPC's on a weekly basis and consists of parolees who volunteer for the group. The group goes out into the community to explore positive recreational activities and gives the youth a chance to meet people outside their normal social and peer groups. This group gives the YPC's a more informal way of engaging with their youths and, hopefully, helps the youths to develop new interests that are more socially acceptable, as well as introducing the youths to a more positive peer group. At the same time, it is hoped that meeting YPC's in a less formal setting will allow the youths to develop better relationships with their YPC's so that they see their officers as more of a mentor than an enemy who is "out to get them" in trouble. Still, the group sets goals for their members and the members then hold themselves responsible for meeting those goals.
Lincoln County Adult/Alternative Education Program
C.O. Bastian (COB) High School has created an online educational program for students on parole. Students attend online classes at the Las Vegas Youth Parole Bureau, facilitated by a certified teacher of the Lincoln County School District. The program enables students to continue their education while on parole. Students must be seventeen (17) years of age or older and have enough high school credits to be considered close to graduation. The COB program also offers our youth an opportunity to work on a high school equivalency certificate.
The Bureau utilizes location monitors as a form of a "home detention" program which provides a community-based alternative to confinement in a secure detention facility or a state correctional facility. The ankle-mounted tracking unit relies on global positioning system (GPS) data and other location monitoring technologies to accurately track movement.
Parent Orientation Program
This program is designed to inform parents/guardians about Youth Parole and discuss and identify expectations for all parties. The program is facilitated by a Mental Health Counselor at the Parole Bureau on the day the youth is released from a correctional facility.
Psychiatric & Psychological Services
The Bureau is dedicated to providing the most effective mental health care available and has contracted with psychiatrists and psychologists statewide. An assessment is usually the first stage of a treatment process, but psychiatric/psychological assessments may also be used for various legal purposes. Youth are able receive confidential, professional counseling, psychotherapy and treatment based on the recommendations contained in the assessment.
Sex Offenders (Juvenile)
All Parole Counselors statewide supervise adjudicated sexual offenders. The Bureau provides specialized training on approaches to managing sex offenders in the community, where treatment is a key component of a comprehensive approach to juvenile sex offender management. All youth adjudicated for an offense sexual in nature receive treatment services provided through Bureau provider agreements and/or Medicaid providers. Each Parole Counselor learns strategies and skills designed to hold sex offenders accountable, reduce sex offender recidivism, prevent future victimization, and ensure the overall safety of communities along with the implementation of services.
Sexually Exploited Youth
Sexual exploitation of youth through prostitution is defined as any child or youth under the age of 18 who is engaged in the sex trade by choice or circumstances, including the provincial, national, and international trafficking of young people for the purposes of prostitution. Supervision of this population seeks to provide services to inform and educate youth of the dangers of engaging in prostitution. Parole supervision of this population is enhanced by ongoing opportunities to participate in a community wide network of colleagues as well as frequent participation in training and partnering with other law enforcement agencies.
The Bureau utilizes Medicaid funding and contracts for the provision of psychosocial rehabilitation skills (PSR) and basic skills training (BST) services. PSR and BST services are individually focused toward assisting youth to function at their highest level of independence in the community.
Transition Specialist Program Pilot
In conjunction with The Children's Cabinet, youth committed to the Nevada Youth Training Center (NYTC), Caliente Youth Center (CYC), and Summit View Youth Center (SVYC) are eligible for the Transition Specialist Program. The ultimate goal is to reduce recidivism and increase engagement in school, work, and community activities. The Children's Cabinet provides direct service to youth and families through Basic Skills Training (BST), family counseling and identifying community resources to strengthen and maintain youth and family connections.
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