Juvenile Center Programs Available Through Okanogan Detention Center
- Twenty-four Hour Counseling - Experienced
corrections counselors, trained to deal with emotions and behaviors
of 8-18 year old youth, provide individual daily life counseling as
needed on a 24 hour basis. Correction counselors are certified with
the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission after
completion of a two week intensive training and passing a
comprehensive exam at the Justice Commission Center in Seattle. New
and part-time staff are further supervised and trained by
experienced employees. All correction staff have first level
supervision certification. Some senior staff have received career
level certification for supervision. Specialized training in other
areas include verbal and physical de-escalation of aggressive and
violent behaviors, assessment, screening, and appropriate
interaction with youth who have mental health issues. A pilot
behavior management program, using a situational leadership model,
was integrated into the detention center’s behavior management, or
level program. Developed by a team of juvenile administrators,
managers, and correction line staff, the program has proven to be
very successful in supporting and encouraging cooperative behaviors.
- Emergency Health Care - Corrections staff are
Red Cross First Aid Certified. They are trained to identify medical
emergencies, arrange for emergency transport, facilitate medical
insurance for emergencies, and stabilize youth waiting for
transport. Staff are also trained in HIV/AIDS and how to deal with
- Suicide Risk Assessment - This screening tool
is used routinely when booking youth into detention. Staff are
trained on how to deal with suicidal youth.
- Behavior Modification - A level system is used to correct
behavior problems and to reward appropriate behavior. Daily behavior
sheets, incentive systems, and occupational training for self esteem
building are built into the level system.
- Personal Hygiene - Youth are provided with individualized personal
hygiene training for self care as well as room cleaning. Rooms are
- Monitoring Safety and Security - Keeping the youth safe and secure
is of the highest priority. Strip searches are performed according
to applicable RCWs. Extensive daily logging and incident reports are
kept. Positive peer relationships are encouraged and monitored.
- Intake and Discharge - Information is gathered upon entering and
release of detention by corrections counselors, with particular
emphasis on identifying special needs of detained youth. Referrals
and information sharing are a coordinated effort between corrections
staff, Court Services Officers, and other local agencies, such as
State and Tribal DCFS. Record keeping for credited days is
maintained and available for youth for their morale.
- Personal Property - Personal property, including money, are logged
and stored for incoming youth.
- Twenty-four Seven Public Information - Corrections staff answer a 24
hour incoming phone line and give information to all members of the
community, including parents and staff from other agencies.
- Outgoing Phone Calls - Arrangements are made with youth and Court
Services Officers for outgoing phone calls as needed.
- School Notification - School districts are notified when students
are detained, to address attendance requirements. Contact with
attendance offices is made as requested in regards to youth being
- Tutoring - Corrections staff provide assistance to youth who request
help with homework for school and for purge conditions.
- Medical Appointments - Corrections staff transport youth to medical
appointments at local clinics and provide emotional support at
- Mental Health Appointments - Corrections staff transport youth to
mental health appointments outside the detention facility.
- Preparation and Security Escort to Court - is provided by
- Recreational Activities - Corrections staff schedule and coordinate
recreational activities, such as basketball, board games, bingo,
card games, exercise, and tournaments. Movie night is a reward for
eligible youth on the highest level.
- Personal Letter Writing - Corrections staff provide assistance to
youth who need help with writing letters home.
- Designated Family Visits - Regular visitation hours are scheduled
for family visits.
- Attorney Interview Rooms - Onsite attorney client contact is
available. Contacts are facilitated by corrections counselors.
- Social Worker Onsite Visits - State and Tribal social workers visit
their clients in detention for moral support, placement and
transitional planning. Contacts are facilitated by corrections
- Positive Adult Role Models In The Community - Positive role modeling
continues from the detention center to extend within the community
as youth previously detained see corrections counselors as
interested and caring adults who they can connect with on an
informal basis outside the facility.
- NA Panel - A group of people from Narcotics Anonymous come to the
detention center weekly to give inmates information on how they can
stay clean and sober through NA.
- AA Panel - A group of people from Alcoholic’s Anonymous come to the
detention center weekly to give inmates information on how they can
stay clean and sober through AA.
- Spiritual Group - A spiritual advisor and assistant come to the
detention center weekly to offer spiritual guidance to any youth who
may want to seek another way to live.
- Substance Abuse Evaluations - An assessment is completed by
certified Chemical Dependency Counselors on site to determine a
diagnostic level of substance use and recommend services.
- ADEC - Alcohol Drug Education Class, a four hour class, is offered
monthly, serving both detention and outpatient youth who have not
been identified with a substance abuse problem but have experimented
enough to warrant the need for information. They can hopefully
change the direction they are headed with the information the class
- Outpatient Substance Abuse Services - Recommendations and referrals
for an individualized treatment plan are completed by on site
certified chemical dependency counselors. Treatment recommendations
may include individual appointments, group therapy, family therapy,
and/or 12 step meetings. Outpatient youth in the community are
referred to community based treatment programs. Referrals may also
be made and families assisted in locating placement and funding for
outside intensive residential treatment programs.
- Inpatient Substance Abuse Services - If a youth is incarcerated and
has been diagnosed with a drug/alcohol problem, they are seen by
juvenile department staff, who are certified chemical dependency
counselors, for one to one sessions and/or weekly groups while they
are detained and unable to see their primary counselors.
- CDDA Evaluations - Youth are assessed while in detention to
determine if a Chemical Dependency Disposition Alternative should be
given instead of regular detention.
- On-Site Urinalysis Testing - UA tests are given to youth on site for
one substance or multiple substances for immediate results and
immediate consequences, including immediate detention, if
appropriate. We can test for THC (marijuana), Amphetamines,
Methamphetamines, opiates, and cocaine.
- DNA Testing - On site testing is completed on all eligible youth by
- Diagnostics - This is a comprehensive assessment package required
for youth entering state institutions. This is done on-site, in our
detention facility interview rooms. It includes mental health
screening, substance abuse assessment (PEI or PESQ), face to face
interviews with youth and parents, risk assessment, and collateral
- Risk Assessments - Okanogan County Juvenile, along with the other
Juvenile Courts in Washington State, has committed to a case
management model, based on research by the University of Washington.
This includes a full risk assessment which identifies risk and
protective factors that affect recidivism. Our court services
officers identify the risk domains for each youth and work with them
to facilitate appropriate services and to support risk reduction
behavior. While our youth are in detention, our court services
officers meet with them intensely. With our large county, travel
time is dear and the opportunity to work with the youth in an
efficient manner increases the likelihood of progress in their
- Personal Experience Inventory (PEI or PESQ) – Assessments are given
by on staff Chemical Dependency Counselors to give JRA committable
youth in–depth evaluations to help provide the most effective
services during their commitment stay.
- Detention School - This is a self contained, individualized
curriculum through Okanogan School district. One on one instruction,
interactive group discussions, and educational planning are provided
in a secure facility. The curriculum is adjusted to meet each
student’s needs and is coordinated with the site schools, which may
include public, private, and alternative or outreach schools.
Coordination of services includes working with the Colville
Confederated Tribes and other juvenile courts. Particular care is
given to support transition from school to school and to maintain
consistency in education. Academic assessments are completed on each
new student for placement, special needs, and goal setting. Some
students have been identified as having needs not previously
identified. Flexibility is offered with coordination of educational
programming between detention school and site schools, which may
include continuing existing curriculum or providing alternative
school performance-based credits. High school credits are given.
Individual Educational Plans for special education students are
maintained, as state mandated. All transcripts are gathered and
compiled to assess graduation requirements and to use for vocational
and educational planning. Alternative educational planning is
explored with the student. Students may prepare for GED tests,
explore options such as Job Corps, Work Source, or military
training. Guest speakers are invited to speak to youth about
vocational offerings. Students may study for Driver’s Education. A
complete curriculum is offered with materials ranging from first
grade to college level. The school district contracts out for
mandated HIV/AIDS education for these youth. Health issues are
identified and referrals are made for free health insurance under
DSHS’s Healthy Kids Now Program for eligible youth under age 19.
- GED testing - In 2011 the Detention Center became an official testing
center for youth wishing to earn their GED. In partnership with the
Detention School, teachers and juvenile staff work together to
prepare and test students toward GED completion.
- Purge Assignments - Youth detained for truancy contempt are given
the opportunity to complete homework or write essays to “purge out”
of detention, as mandated in civil cases. Corrections counselors
assist when students need help. Purge reviews are held in court the
- Aggression Replacement Training - This is a research based program
which has been found to reduce recidivism in moderate to high risk
youth. Referrals derive from risk assessments done in house. Youth
attending this curriculum who are detained are escorted to class, so
continuity and consistency in this program is maintained. This 10
week curriculum gives practical experience in a group setting with
life streaming, anger control training, and moral reasoning
training. Court services officers have been trained as transfer
coaches and help youth to continue to practice skills while back in
- Individual Counseling From Colville Tribal Mental Health and
Okanogan Behavioral Health - is available on a weekly basis or as
needed in an emergency.
- Sex Education/Family Planning - Educators from Family Planning come
to the detention center to teach detention youth sex education
including information about HIV and other sexually transmitted
diseases, pregnancy and birth control issues, and information about
- Facility Tours - Detention tours are an annual event for elementary through high school students from all nine community school districts, for educational purposes. Individual tours are given to first time truancy youth or upon request.