Programs and Services Guide
DCSD works relentlessly to maintain a balanced service array that meets the needs of the population that we serve. While not inclusive, the list below identifies the various programs/services available to youth, families and the juvenile court. In addition, intake and supervision services provided by the department intended to support a balanced approach comprised of community protection, accountability, and competency development are tested. Many services are provided in partnership with youth-serving agencies, which allows youth to enhance and continue positive community connections.
These programs and responses serve youth as a diversion from entry into the juvenile justice system, as an alternative to detention while court is pending, as a community-based service following disposition to court-ordered supervision or as support during re-entry into the community.
These programs and services do not include secure detention services, intake assessment, case planning or compliance supervision, which are provided directly by the County via Delinquency and Court Services Division (DCSD).
Click the DCSD Intervention Services Chart for a visual of our programs and services offered below:
DCSD Intervention Services Chart (TBA)
Click the Program and Services Guide for a more detailed PDF version of those identified below:
Programs and Services Resource Guide (last updated 8/29/16)
Prevention/Early Intervention (Pre Disposition)
The Capias Abatement program is utilized in the event a youth fails to appear to a court appearance and the judge issues a "stayed capias", the youth fails to appear for a scheduled intake interview with their assigned Human Service Worker (HSW), or the assigned HSW us unable to contact the family. The providing agency makes several attempts to contact the youth and the family to notify them of the upcoming court appearance or intake interview in order to ensure that youth's appearance at the next hearing.
Celebrating Families (AODA Program)
Community Accountability Panels
Among other collaborations with community job readiness programs, DCSD has its own contracted employment program titled Power of Harambee (POH) Youth. This employment program is a collaboration between DCSD and West Care Wisconsin to provide guidance, training, and mentorship to youth and young adults from 16-24 years that are currently (or has previously been) involved in the juvenile justice system. The goal of the program to assist young people with making important life decisions that impact and improve the trajectories of their lives.
Participants of the program are required to complete a 4 week job development training designed to enhance their employability through professional development, technical skills, financial literacy, food safety/sanitation. Upon completion of the program, youth are guaranteed employment at MacPyles Corporation.
Evening Report Center (ERC)
The Evening Report Center provides services for youth after school. The providing agency works closely with the youth's assigned school, home, or residential placement to schedule pick-up times for youth and then provides the following services during the program: Aggression replacement training (ART), Thinking 4 Change Group or Life Skills Group; Tutoring; Restorative Justice Circles; Employment Classes; Making Proud Choices Group; Nutrition & Food Preparation; Art Class; and Field trips. Youth will receive a $5.00 gift card as an incentive for weekly attendance and participation in the program. Parental involvement is highly encouraged and the providing agency host monthly parent workshops that provide a variety of informational resources and food.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
In-Home GPS Monitoring Program
An intensive in-home program for alleged delinquent youth who are not an immediate risk to the community, but are at-risk for placement in detention or shelter care without additional supervision and support services in the community.
Juvenile Education Treatment Initiatives (JETI)
Shelter Care Program
State licensed facilities providing short-term, supervised residential care for youth who may not be returned home pursuant to a court order.
Supervision Engagement Program (SEP)
Youth Mentoring Program
Intervention (Post Disposition)
Community Service & Restitution Coordination (CSRC)
CSRC is a community-based program that assist youth in completing their court ordered community service hours and restitution using a restorative framework. Youth have the opportunity to build healthy relationships with positive adults and engage in pro-social activities. Participants receive the following services: Restorative Justice Circles, Community Action Projects, Off-Site Volunteer Activities, Guest Speakers and Weekly Check-ins. As an incentive for participating, youth received a $5.00 gift card for weekly attendance and participation. Youth with restitution will have their incentive paid directly to the courts.
Delinquency & Court Services Network
A county-coordinated network of community-based agencies certified to provide a variety of clinical and support services based on assessed needs of youth and family.
Group Home and Foster Care
State licensed homes providing community-based alternative living arrangements for delinquent youth who cannot return home in the immediate future. Many of these delinquent youth have complex personal and family issues necessitating an alternative living situation.
Level II Program w/Optional Use of GPS
This program offers services in the form of individual and family therapy, educational and life skills groups as well as mentoring and regular required advocate contacts. In additional, monitoring with the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) is an optional enhancement to the services described in lieu of issuing apprehension requests by the courts.
Restorative Justice Programs
DCSD has two types of restorative justice programs that serve youth: (1) Community Conferencing and (2) Circles of Accountability. Both options provide a forum for discussion of how property crimes impact the victim, both directly and non-directly, and includes the youths themselves, their family and the community. The Community Conferencing approach involves a circle discussion process and is used when the victim themselves is willing to participate. If the victim is not interested or if the juvenile is not appropriate for the community conferencing approach, the referral will go the Circles of Accountability program. The Circle of Accountability approach has a similar process; however multiple juvenile offenders participate in the circle with surrogate victims.
Saturday Alternative Sanctions Program (SAS)
Targeted Monitoring Program (Firearm Offenders)
This program provides intensive monitoring, structured programming and accountability in community-based settings targeting youth involved with firearms.
2007 Office of Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program Award
Targeted Monitoring Program (Serious Chronic Offenders)
This program provides intensive monitoring, structured programming and accountability in community-based settings targeting youth involved with serious or multiple offending behavior.
Targeted Monitoring Program (Burglary Offenders)
This program, developed as a community partnership among Safe and Sound, Running Rebels and the District Attorney's office, aims to target youth referred for burglary with a blend of restorative justice and increased community supervision.
Targeted Monitoring Program (Milwaukee County Accountability Program - MCAP)
This program is a placement alternative for youth whom are being considered for Department of Corrections/Division of Juvenile Justice Corrections by the circuit courts. This program aims to serve male youth for a minimum of one year with formal supervision that includes placement in secure detention followed by a period of intensive aftercare with community-based services.
True Aftercare Program
Provides individual and family support and services tailored to siblings and graduates of youth involved in court-ordered targeted monitoring programs.
Wraparound Milwaukee serves families and their delinquent youth presenting serious emotional or mental health needs as identified by the juvenile justice system.
2009 Harvard University Innovations in Government Award
PIVOT (aka FOCUS) Program
A multi-phase program in partnership with a state licensed residential type II facility, county probation supervision and Wraparound Milwaukee that includes restorative and cognitive practices.
2009 Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference presentation:
Wisconsin Disproportionate Minority Contact Strategy
Re-Entry Support Services
This division has created a Juvenile Advocates team, which is a group of six Human Services Workers (HSW) staff that transitioned from general HSW's. This team of staff carry a caseload of only youth that been placed with the Department of Corrections (DOC). Their primary goals are to supervise, advocate for and support this special population of youth and their families.
Commonly Used Resources
If you need more information regarding any of our programs and services, please feel free to contact the corresponding DCSD programming personnel identified here:
Danyelle Brock - Administrative Coordinator for Programs and Services
De Shell Parker - Administrative Coordinator for Quality Assurance Program (See CQI Page)
Glenn Larson - Section Manager for Reentry Support Services and Juvenile Advocates
Luciana Gonzalez - Administrative Coordinator for Programs and Services
Theresa Randall - Contract Services Coordinator for Programs and Services
William (Bill) Holton - Fiscal Specialist for Programs and Services