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)
Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) distributes funds to the administrative county in each judicial district for the operation of these programs. Technical assistance is provided by JJA 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. JIAS detailed operations are outlined in Kansas State Statute 75-7023. JIAS programs are an informational gathering process by which a juvenile offender and/or a child in need of care in law enforcement custody is evaluated by trained professionals which are referred to as JIAS Director, Day Staff Case Manager and On-call Workers. The collected information aids in proper resource referrals for the youth and provides valuable data for other involved agencies. JIAS programs operate on a twenty-four hour a day, seven-day week schedule. JIAS staff, after law enforcement, are the first line of communication that youth/families have in dealing with the crisis, which brought them into contact with Law Enforcement. K.S.A. 75-7023 outlines several options the intake worker may consider after the completion of the intake and assessment process. One of those available options is the SASSI-A2 screening tool. SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory. A-2 stands for Adolescent updated version. The SASSI-A2 is a brief, easy-to-administer, objectively scored, accurate, and cost-effective tool designed to screen for the presence or absence of substance use disorders. As a screening instrument, it is designed to identify adolescents who have a high probability of having or developing a substance use disorder. Under the JIAS program the SASSI-A2 can be administered at no cost to youth who have completed a voluntary intake at the request of their parents.
The Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program (JISP) is an American Correction Association accredited program that was developed to provide an alternative for juvenile offenders in lieu of removal from the home. JISP is designed to provide structured and frequent contacts with an Intensive Supervision Officer. Strict compliance with the court-ordered plan of probation and JISP supervision guidelines is imperative. All clients participate in counseling as directed by the court. They observe a curfew and are tested frequently for drug and alcohol use. Clients participate in community service as well as a Life Skills program. JISP is typically used for high-risk offenders; high need offenders, and offenders who have been adjudicated of serious offenses.
The Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) came into existence in July 1997. It transferred the powers, duties, and functions of SRS concerning Juvenile Offenders into its jurisdiction at that time. Its Mission is to: “Promote public safety, hold juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior, and improve the ability of youth to live productively and responsibly in their communities.” Community Case Management was designed to supervise and guide the cases of youth placed in the custody of JJA for suitable placement out of the home. The Case Managers are responsible for assessing needed services. The ultimate goal of the Case Manager is to increase protective factors in a way that returns the child to a more productive home/community life and assists them in their endeavor to gain the skills necessary to achieve their personal lifelong goals.