Juvenile Justice Alternative Educational Program
The Cameron County Juvenile Justice Alternative Program (JJAEP) is a state funded school located in San Benito, Texas. The CCJJD contracts with Southwest Keys, Inc. to help provide the educational services for students residing in Cameron and Willacy County. JJAEP works collaboratively with local school districts to provide an alternative educational setting for Mandated and Discretionary student referrals and adheres to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Texas Education Agency standards.
Collaborative Reduction Program
The Collaborative Reduction Program is a partnership with CCJJD and three local school districts (Brownsville ISD, San Benito CISD and Harlingen CISD). The objective of this unique partnership is to have Juvenile Probation Officers assigned to a respective campus and work closely with campus administration to ensure the juvenile’s academic success. By integrating Juvenile Probation Officers within schools to promote higher education as well as implementation of workforce readiness to at risk students, we hope to have students graduate and further obtain post-secondary success.
Parental Involvement Program
The Parental Involvement Program is for parents struggling with adolescent behavioral problems. Parents learn and practice specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors such as, truancy, alcohol and drug use, gangs and other criminal behavior, running away, violence and suicide. Classes for parents utilize the evidenced-based curriculum Parent Project. The program is created to enable positive change with regards to learning how to “out-will” a strong willed child.
A.R.M.Y. Day Academy
The A.R.M.Y. Day Academy will address public safety and maximize diversion opportunities for youths rather than seeking detainment or placement. The Day Academy will address male probationers that are in High School between the ages of 14-17 and have committed a detain able offense or are displaying behavioral problems, using drugs, being truant, or have an unstable home environment. The program will primarily focus on probationers that are attending High School in the Harlingen, San Benito, and Brownsville area. This intervention program will provide structure and close supervision through Community Activities Officers as well as a GPS tracking monitoring system to better redirect their delinquent behavior.
The Day Academy will address the needs of these cadets by providing them with an education while teaching them teamwork, discipline, life skills, and a sense of pride through self-discipline. Cadets will receive intensive community based supervision, individual case management, substance abuse/mental health counseling, curfew monitoring, urinalysis testing, and vocational training.
Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Services
The mission of the Substance Abuse Program is to provide comprehensive substance abuse education, counseling (individual and group) and recovery. The program is offered to those who are currently on probation, incarcerated or Court ordered. The ultimate goal of the program is to keep the youth drug free, recognize maladaptive behaviors and thinking patterns that led them to substance abuse and crime, and to allow them to successfully complete the program.
Anger Management Services
The Anger Management Program is guided by Conflict Resolution Curriculum and is useful in helping adolescents develop anger management skills, work cooperatively and resolve conflicts in a nonviolent manner (within a group setting). The use of conflict resolution skills help adolescents develop anger reduction, impulse control and managing anger. The Anger Management Program is offered to those who have been Court ordered to Day Academy and Boot Camp.
UTRGV Community Counseling Internship Program
CCJJD’s Mental Health Department has collaborated with the University of Texas @ Rio Grande Valley and other Universities, to provide a learning and practicing environment, through our Practicum/ Internship Program for Mental Health Professionals. Contact our Mental Health Coordinator A. Sharee Traskauskas M.E.d, LPC for more information at Ann.Traskauskas@co.cameron.tx.us
Victim Services Department
Juvenile Justice officials in this community are concerned when our citizens become a victim of a crime which is why the Victim Services Department has been established to assist any person with understanding the Juvenile Justice system, rights as a victim in the case, updated information concerning the case, restitution matter and programs in the community. Among the Victim Services Department is the Victim’s of Crime Act, which offers victims of Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Family Violence, and Dating Violence counseling sessions.
Sexual Offender Treatment Program
CCJJD is committed to the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders with a sex offense. Treatment is facilitated by a contracted Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider and provides individual treatment, group treatment, family therapy and sexual risk evaluations to encourage positive change in the youth’s life.
Under “Community”; please change the following for the Harlingen Outreach Center:
The Harlingen Outreach Center (HOC) is a partnership between the City of Harlingen and the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department. The former Harlingen Police Department was converted into satellite offices for the Northern Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department along with offices for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) Parole Division. One of the center’s most popular service is the After-school / Summer Program which is hosted for local elementary/ middle school kids. Parents who enroll their children can drop off their kids to receive assistance with their homework and provide them with a fun and safe environment during the evening/ summer. Kids are able to participate in recreational activities and enhance their social skills amongst their peers. This large building also has the capability of providing large meeting spaces or training areas free of charge for any non-profit groups who provide services within our community. The Harlingen Outreach Center is open Monday-Friday 8AM- 5 PM.
Prevention and Intervention Programs
Community Service Restitution Program
The Community Service Restitution Program (CSRP) includes a graffiti abatement component which requires coordination and partnerships with various agencies. Services that the program provide vary from neighborhood cleanups, park improvements, humane society assistance, and numerous other projects. Youth in this program are required to perform a set amount of community service hours as determined and ordered by the court.