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ACA Accredited

The American Correctional Association

The American Correctional Association was founded in 1870 to promote improvement in the management of all correctional agencies through the administration of an accreditation program with the ongoing development and revision of relevant, useful standards designed to improve conditions of confinement.  The standards serve as the foundation for the accreditation process.

In 2008, and again in 2011 the facility became accredited with 100% compliance in all standards of operation for a juvenile community residential facility.  This honor reflects the facility’s dedication to providing programs and constructive activities that promote positive change for responsible citizenship.

Phase Advancement

Each resident must progress through the individual level system, or a progressive phase system in order to gain additional privileges and complete the program.

Each resident must progress through the individual level system, or a progressive phase system in order to gain additional privileges and complete the program.  The phase system is designed to create a desire to improve behaviors and work toward rehabilitation.  Treatment goals or expectations are listed for each phase.

There are 5 phases as follows: Orientation, Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV.  Each phase grants extra privileges as progress in goals is accomplished.  Each resident should be working on all the issues identified on the treatment plan.  By the time a resident leaves the facility, the identified issues should have been thoroughly examined and the majority should be eliminated with the family and court system well-prepared to deal with any issues.

Expectations for each phase grow progressively higher.  Everyone is expected to complete all phase assignments within a six week period unless otherwise noted by the treatment team.  Failure to meet this expectation shall result in consequences up to and including suspension of privileges until work is completed.  The general goals for each phase are simplified as follows:

Orientation: Grow familiar with the program by completing the work provided.

Phase I: Identify all the issues that brought you to the facility and those issues that are continuing within the facility.  Discuss past issues of criminality and current issues in the facility in groups.  Demonstrate understanding of your issues and criminality as they relate to your thinking barriers through your treatment work.  Family counseling should begin with family members planning on attending a minimum of one counseling session and one multi-family group each month or as ordered. * Minimum length is 28 days.

Phase II: Begin showing you are working on eliminating the issues that brought you here by using the correctives to your thinking barriers within the program while eliminating tactics.  Earn trust from staff by taking responsibility for your behavior, being honest, consistent and making good choices.  Discuss issues you are having in your thinking and problems you will encounter outside of the facility.  Be active in role plays and providing feedback to others at all levels in the program.  Family members may begin working with residents more in groups and counseling. * Minimum length is 28 days.

Phase III: Identify all your relapse triggers and make plans to follow upon release.  Show you are maintaining positive behavior throughout the program and role modeling this to all residents.  Family member are expected to be working with the counselors in both the groups and counseling process.

Phase IV: Make discharge plans and release preparations with your family and the counselors while continuing to participate in all areas of the program in a positive manner.

Counseling

Every resident has the ability to change the behaviors which led to incarceration in our facility. This change is dependent upon the juvenile’s desire to alter his lifestyle, attitude, and thinking patterns. The family plays an important role in this process. Each parent/guardian will be required to attend two family counseling sessions a month. During these sessions, the family will address the juvenile’s behaviors, parenting issues, and plans for the juvenile’s return to the community.

The juvenile will also participate in regular individual and weekly group sessions.   During these sessions, the juvenile will examine the attitudes and behaviors which ultimately led to criminal behaviors.

A substance abuse screening will be administered to all residents whether the resident has a known drug and/or alcohol problem or not. After the assessment, residents will participate in individual and group substance abuse counseling as needed.

 

Our counselors are:

Steven Gifford, LPCC   Clinical Coordinator

Groups

Residents are provided with a wide variety of services during their stay at the facility based upon individual needs including the following:

  • Truthought/Commitment to Change/Thinking Pattern Identification
  • Social Skills
  • Violence Prevention/Young Men’s Work
  • Life Skills/Career Development
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs/Multiple Family Therapy Sessions/Counseling
  • Anger Management/Aggression Replacement
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Other Services as Needed

Education

All residents attend school while placed at PMCJF. All teachers are certifies in accordance with Ohio law. Students with learning disabilities or other educational difficulties will follow the IEP as designed by the home school of record.

The classrooms are oriented to provide individual instructions to challenge each student to proceed at his own pace. Students will be evaluated upon their level of ability and effort. The curriculum shall include Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Health, and Physical Education

GED Practice tests are available to those residents who are 16 years old or older and approved by the sending court.  In addition PMCJF offers on-line classes for youth which allows for credit recovery.  In many cases we are able to facilitate and assist youth with graduation and release with a High School Diploma.

PMCJF can coordinate with the resident’s probation officer for special testing such as SAT, ACT, or ASFAB.

Religious Programming

 

PMCJF allows religious freedom to all residents and provides for the personal expression of the resident’s religion. However, all activities must comply with facility safety and security. Local clergy provide Bible study weekly to those residents who desire to attend. Family clergy may schedule visits with residents through written request to the Director.

 

If the resident’s religious belief requires special dietary consideration, the juvenile must present the request in writing to the Director. Special religious dietary arrangements shall be made for the juvenile as long as the request is reasonable, consistent with accepted civilized behavior, and does not constitute a risk to the facility safety, security, or operations.

 

 

Visitation

 

Parents/Guardians may visit the juvenile for one hour weekly. Due to limited space, only parents/guardians may visits. (Siblings and other household members may be added during family counseling sessions at the counselor’s discretion or as a reward earned through bonus bucks incentive program).

 

During visitation, the visitors are not permitted to bring any bags, boxes, or other items into the facility without permission of the Director. (This includes purses, etc.) All visitors are subject to search before entering the facility.

 

Weapons, tobacco, and alcohol are prohibited on facility grounds

 

Visitation is on Sundays from 2:15 to 3:15pm.

 

 

 

 

Telephone Calls

Each resident is permitted one 15 minute phone call to his parent/guardian each week.

Staff will monitor the resident’s phone calls. The resident is not allowed to speak to any person except his parent/guardian. If the resident attempts to speak with anyone other than the parent/guardian, the resident’s phone privileges may be suspended.

Committing Courts

The Perry Multi-County Juvenile Facility proudly serves youth from the following counties:

 

We also gladly accept referrals from all other Ohio counties.