Programs & Services

While not inclusive, the list below identifies the various programs/services available to youth, families and the juvenile court, in addition to intake and supervision services provided by the department intended to support a balanced approach comprised of community protection, accountability, and competency development.  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, or as a community-based service following disposition in addition to court-ordered supervision.

 

The programs and services do not include secure detention services, intake assessment, case planning or compliance supervision provided directly by the County. 

 

 

Prevention/Early Intervention

 

♦ Safe Alternatives for Youth

Supports a network of community-based activities for youth that promote positive and responsible youth development for at-risk youth.

 

♦ Youth Sports Authority

Supports a network of community-based activities for youth providing positive youth development for at-risk youth.  Sports and recreation activities are emphasized as a means of occupying otherwise unstructured time.

 

 

Diversion and Pre-Adjudication

 

♦ First Time Juvenile Offender Program

A diversion program targeting youth referred to the juvenile justice system for a first offense.  Youth avoid the issuance of a petition and formal court proceedings by completing various standard requirements, including cooperation with a half-day community education program, community service and monitoring services.

 

♦ Inter-Arts Exploration

Artistic opportunity for self-expression, exploration of obstacles and increased access to other aspects of community life, utilizing a multi-disciplinary artistic team for youth held in the Secure Detention center.

 

♦ In-Home 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.

 

♦ 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.

 

 

Post Adjudication

 

♦ 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.

 

♦ Probation Services Network (PSN)

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.

 

♦ Sex Offender Treatment Program

This program services the needs of delinquent youth whose sex offending treatment needs can be met within the community.  The program provides treatement modalitities and service options, including group, individual and family couseling by licensed staff.

 

♦ Alternative School Program (Day Treatment)

A non-residential alternative education program for delinquent youth in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools and youth serving agencies.

 

♦ Targed 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.

 

♦ 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

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

 

 

♦ 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 congnitive practices.

 

2009 Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference presentation:

Wisconsin Disproportionate Minority Contact Strategy

 

 

Reentry Support/Services

 

♦ Targeted Reentry Services from State Corrections

The division supports a Boys Club at the FOCUS program, formerly located at Ethan Allen School (closed 2011), providing case management and support services to youth upon their return to the community by connecting during placement (reach-in).

 

The division administers a Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant targeting youth with non-violent commitment charges in need of mental health services to support reentry back to the community in partnership with Wraparound Milwaukee and Division of Juvenile Corrections.

 

The division, through a community agency, provides assistance and additional support services to the extent possible to youth supervised by the Division of Juvenile Corrections following release from state correctional placement.