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Frequently Asked Questions

Commitment

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Services that may be available at your child’s facility include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, psychiatric services, offense-specific treatment, substance abuse treatment, parent support groups and evaluations. Your child's assigned Client Manager or facility-based treatment team will be able to give you information about his or her individual treatment plan and services.


 

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The length of stay in a facility is determined by a combination of factors: the length of commitment to the Division of Youth Corrections that is imposed by the court, the nature of the offense, the progress that your child makes in the facility, and the release plan for your child.  While your child is in placement, you will be part of the team that works together to decide on length of stay and release plans.  The Parole Board or Community Review Board ultimately determines if your child can be released to return home or go to a community placement.

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Youth committed by the court and placed in a residential placement participate in school programming.  An Education Assessment Report containing assessment results is written for all youth. If the youth receives special education and have a current IEP (Individual Education Plan), that IEP is transferred to DYC according to the special education process and CDE (Colorado Department of Education) guidelines. Educational services may include special education, GED preparation for qualifying students, vocational skills training or pursuit of a High School Diploma. Qualifying youth may also be offered post-secondary education (college). If your child is planning to return to public school, the facility school will work with your child's home school district to help with a smooth transition and to determine appropriate placement.

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Approved family members are encouraged to take part in all aspects of their child's involvement with the Division of Youth Corrections, from the initial assessment process through return to the community.  You may be involved in family therapy, treatment team meetings, educational planning meetings, special events involving your child, and other activities that allow you to take part in decisions about your child. This process includes Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) reviews.  The MDT will include your child, family members, treatment providers and others that you may deem supportive and helpful to the long-term success of your child.  This can include close family, friends, extended family members, or other important people in  your child's life.  From assessment to parole, your child will have regular MDT meetings to share information, provide expertiese, and develop realistic plans for every stage of treatment. 

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The Division of Youth Corrections provides a comprehensive assessment for all youth within the first 30 days of their commitment. This assessment includes: criminogenic risk and needs assessment utilizing the Colorado Juvenile Risk Assessment, a mental health assessment, education and vocational assessment, medical assessment, drug and alcohol screening and assessment, neuropsychological screening, file and documentation review and risk classification. In some cases, the assessment process may also include a psychological evaluation and/or a neuropsychological evaluation.


Following the completion of the assessment, a multi-disciplinary team meets to discuss your child and family’s needs, placement type, and future transition plan.

Detention

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Cognitive behavioral programming may be available at your child’s facility. This programming is designed to teach positive traits, anger management, improved decision making, empathy and other social related skills.

 

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The length of stay in a detention facility is determined by the court system. Youth are generally detained for one of two reasons: secure placement pending a court hearing, or to serve a court ordered detention sentence of up to 45 days.

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Youth in detention are provided education by the local school district. While your son/daughter is in the program, they will receive educational credit. Should your child qualify to participate, they may also be eligible to take part in the schools General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program.

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At the time a court orders a child to be held at a detention center, the child’s legal custody remains with the parent or guardian. Without legal custody transferring to the state, the facility cannot legally transport your child to a routine medical appointment.

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At the time a court orders a child to be held at a detention center, the child’s legal custody remains with the parent or guardian. Without legal custody transferring to the state, the facility cannot legally provide medical or psychiatric services.

General Facility Questions

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All youth have the opportunity to practice their faith and participate in religious services. This includes access to clergy and spiritual advisors. Some facilities have partnerships with community agencies to provide such activities as religious services, Bible study groups, mentoring, chaplain services, or spiritually based group activities.

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The Division of Youth Corrections encourages youth to maintain contact with family members and other positive individuals. Youth are able to make outgoing phone calls to parents/guardians, professionals and others who are approved for contact; the procedures for the frequency or times of the phone calls will vary at different facilities. Facilities also provide a schedule of visiting hours for approved visitors. Please visit the facility page for additional visitation information.

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Your child will be provided with the clothing and personal hygiene items that he or she needs while in placement. Please check with your child's facility for rules and procedures regarding special occasion gifts and other permitted personal items.

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Youth are able to send and receive mail. Incoming and outgoing mail may be opened in the presence of the youth and inspected for contraband. Some facilities allow additional publications to be sent to your child (such as magazines). Your child's facility can provide you with a list of approved publications. Mail that is deemed to pose a safety and security threat will be read in the presence of the youth and may subsequently be withheld from the youth. If a safety threat exists, the item may be processed with law enforcement or if appropriate, placed in the youth’s property storage for later claiming.

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All youth are provided with their daily living needs, including sleeping accommodations (bedrooms, linens, etc.), clothing, personal hygiene items, meals and snacks, physical exercise, leisure time, and structured activities.

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The staff at your child's facility will follow procedures to notify you of significant events or emergencies. Parents are encouraged to maintain regular communication with their child's designated staff.

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Your child is informed of the steps of the facility grievance process and is able to file a grievance at any time without interference. As the parent of a child residing in a Division of Youth Corrections facility, you are encouraged to contact the Facilities Administrator(s) or one of the two Directors of Facility Operations. The contact information is listed in the Contact Us section.

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Youth can range in age from 10-20 years old. Youth can receive services through the Division of Youth Corrections until their 21st birthday.

Parole

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Colorado Statute requires that every committed youth exiting the Division of Youth Corrections must serve six months mandatory parole. Cases that meet certain criteria may be extended by 15 months. Independent of the Division of Youth Corrections, the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board hears the cases of each youth preparing for parole, sets terms and conditions and has the authority to modify, suspend or revoke parole.

Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

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Please contact the facility or regional office in the location you desire to volunteer or intern. Each location can direct you to an intern/volunteer coordinator. Contact Local Offices.