The Mental Health Juvenile Justice (MHJJ) Project is a partnership with probation and families which targets youth charged as juvenile delinquents or Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS), who have been screened by probation to have mental health, family, or substance abuse issues. The MHJJ Project provides masters level clinicians to offer mobile and flexible clinical assessment, counseling and case management services to identified youth in an effort to prevent further involvement in the juvenile justice system. The program is designed to improve the youth's ability to function at home, at school and reduce or eliminate delinquent behavior.
These services are delivered in school or in our outpatient clinic at Lourdes Center for Mental Health located at 184 Court Street in Binghamton. It serves over 60 youth and family members annually. Services are offered Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
MHJJ provides the following services:
- Psychosocial Assessments
- Substance Abuse Assessments
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Case Management Services
- Referrals and linkages for medication management, CSE Services (School), additional community services (SPOA, DSS, Other) and Family Court Advocacy for youth involved in MHJJ.
- Life Skills Training
- Assistance in navigating the Juvenile Justice System
- PINS Parent Orientation
For more information about the MHJJ Program, or for information about to how to file a PINS petition for youth in Broome County, please contact the Program Manager at 607-584-4465.
Detention Alternative After-School Program
The Detention Alternative After-School Program (DAASP) began in 2005 as a pilot therapeutic program offered to youth ages of 12 - 16 who are referred by Broome County Probation Department and by Broome County Family Court. DAASP is a "last chance" opportunity for youth who would otherwise be remanded to non-secure detention.
All youth must either have an ongoing court case or have a current Probation officer. Only Family Court judges, County Attorneys and Probation Officers may make a referral to the program. All referrals are reviewed by the Program Coordinator to make sure they are a good fit for the program.
We focus on reducing high-risk behaviors and improving school performance while building protective factors and resistance skills. Our ultimate goal is to increase positive decision-making, reduce repeat offending, and offer an alternative to detention while holding youth and their families accountable.
Over their 10-12 weeks in program youth will engage in strength based activities that will provide them with personal insight into their own behaviors and help them identify barriers to success. Participants will work on communication, stress/conflict resolution and academic success while in program. In addition the participants are introduced to positive recreational activities to help them develop healthy habits for the future.
The program is designed for a maximum of 8 youths ranging between 12 and 16 years of age, the small group size allows for more one on one interaction between staff and participants and the ability to focus on individual needs. The program has structured components concentrating on education, creative expression and the development of life-skills, self-esteem and self-discipline. This includes structured community based activities during the summer for program participants.
MHJJ and DAASP can only be accessed by referral from the Probation Department or Family Court system.