The 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services serves a five county area consisting of Barton, Stafford, Ellsworth, Rice and Russell Counties. Juvenile Services is the host agency for six separate programs available to all youth and families in the Judicial District. Those programs consist of Juvenile Intake and Assessment (JIAS), Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP), Community Case Management (CCMA), Teen Court, Project S.T.A.Y. (School Truancy Alternative for Youth) and Journey to Change. These programs represent a “Continuum of Care” that provides a variety of services from Prevention to Intervention and ending with Graduated Sanctions programs. We have programs that are attended on a voluntary basis and those that are court ordered that involve informal supervision to adjudication. Our newest program, Teen Court, is a reinstated program that began on October 1, 2007.
Each judicial district is required to have the three core programs operational at the local level:
• Juvenile Intake and Assessment (JIAS)
• Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP)
• Community Case Management (CCMA)
Kansas Department of Corrections Juvenile Services (KDOC) distributes funds to the administrative county in each judicial district for the operation of these programs. Technical assistance is provided by KDOC to assist districts in the delivery of services to youth who come in contact with these community based juvenile justice programs. Standards and procedures are developed to provide guidance in the operation of these programs.
There are currently JIAS, JISP and CCMA programs in all 31 Judicial Districts in the state of Kansas. We also receive grant monies from the United Way of Central Kansas and Barton County General Funds,and occasional grants from the Golden Belt Community Foundation and other foundations and individual donations as appropriate.