Community Protection: The citizens of the State of Nevada have the right to reside in safe and secure communities.
Accountability: The process of helping youth understand and acknowledge the consequences of their actions, the impact of crime on victims and the community, and to accept personal responsibility.
Competency Development: Strengthening pro-social skills, moral reasoning, academic proficiency, workforce development, and independent living skills decreases the potential for future involvement with the criminal justice system.
Continuum of Care: DCFS and the Youth Parole Bureau, together in genuine partnership with families, communities and other agencies, provides support and services to assist Nevada's youth and families in reaching their full potential through a consistent, statewide continuum of care, connecting youth with local resources.
The Bureau serves youth committed to the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) by juvenile courts across the State of Nevada. The Chief of Parole, Unit Managers, and the Youth Parole Counselors work in a manner that is consistent with the goals and mission of DCFS to assist in the rehabilitation of the youth under their care and supervision. In addition, they have specific duties and responsibilities related to their role as sworn peace officers within the State of Nevada.
The Youth Parole Bureau provides supervision and case management services for youth, 12 to 20 years of age, who are committed to DCFS for correctional or mental health care. The Bureau also provides Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ) supervision under which juvenile offenders, 12 to 24 years of age, are supervised by Youth Parole Counselors while on parole from a different state.
The three state youth centers and the Nevada Youth Parole Bureau are considered Nevada's deep end of the Juvenile Justice System continuum of care and supervision. The majority of these youth come to the State with complex social, emotional and delinquency histories and were not amenable to previous efforts and interventions of County probation departments to reduce delinquent activity.
All youth committed to DCFS go through an initial risk and needs assessment prior to admission into any facility. All initial assessments are completed by a qualified mental health professional in a standardized format. After the initial assessment is completed, youth are classified for admission to the Caliente Youth Center (CYC), Nevada Youth Training Center (NYTC), Summit View Youth Center (SVYC), or to be placed at a residential treatment facility. Any residential treatment facility commitment is a result of the qualified mental health professional completing the initial assessment and a multidisciplinary team determining that the youth has a significant mental health impairment that necessitates residential psychiatric services or other residential services for the mental health of the child.
Upon discharge from a youth center or residential placement, youth are formally placed on parole under the jurisdiction of the Youth Parole Bureau. Prior to discharge and during a youth's placement, Youth Parole Counselors are in regular contact with the placement facility and the caregiver of the youth to develop an aftercare plan that is based on the risk and needs of the youth and family, and any orders of the Court and statutory requirements. The aftercare case management plan incorporates service delivery and community supervision along a statewide continuum of care. The aftercare plan is dynamic and is modified as short term objectives and longer term goals are achieved.