Most juveniles who go through the court system remain at home under supervision by the Field Services Division. The probation period is usually one year, but the court may lengthen the duration of probation to age 19.
Field supervision and rehabilitative services for youth and their families are provided by nine (9) Field Services units located throughout Harris County. In addition, there are numerous satellite offices utilized to provide more convenient locations for families.
The nine Community Unit Probation Services (CUPS) offices offer traditional and intensive supervision, enhanced aftercare supervision, as well as specialized programming.
The courts also offer Deferred Adjudication to juveniles who are generally non-violent offenders. The program guides them through six months of supervision aimed at diverting them from further involvement in the juvenile justice system. Upon successful completion of their Deferred Adjudication contract, their cases can be dismissed.
The Field Services Division also provides opportunities for youth under supervision to take part in service learning projects and community service restitution. Participation in service learning and/or community service is based upon court order, specialized program requirements, Juvenile Probation Officer recommendation or sanction.
Service Learning engages youth in global and community problem-solving through youth led service projects. Service learning builds strong character in youth as they learn about the role they play in their community and encourages lifelong civic participation. Participants of service learning projects learn real-life experiences, and workplace skills, which enhances personal development. They see themselves as active contributors to their community and learning experiences rather than passive recipients of adult decisions.
FIELD SERVICES SPECIALIZED SUPERVISION PROGRAMS
CUPS 5 Youth Empowerment Services and Supervision Program (YESS)
The Youth Empowerment Services and Supervision Program targets juveniles placed on probation for known gang-related behavior or involvement. Gang Officers administer gang assessments and work collaboratively with the Mayor's Anti-Gang Office, a Gang Resource Coordinator, Parent Partner and Masters level Mental Health Clinician. The program consists of several essential elements for effective supervision which include smaller caseloads, individualized case plans, frequent contacts, and distinct phases to structure movement through the program. Substance abuse assessments, rehabilitation programs, and behavioral controls such as electronic monitoring, curfew checks, home confinement, and random drug testing are implemented as warranted.
CUPS 6 Intensive Supervision Program (ISP)
The Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) is intended to divert high-risk youth from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and redirect probationers' lives through a program of close supervision and rehabilitation. Each ISP participant must have adequate supervision by parents or significant adults within the home.
Probationers are referred to the Intensive Supervision Program by the courts, and are seen by the Juvenile Probation Officer according to their designated supervision level. As youth successfully progress through the program, levels of supervision are reduced and the youth may eventually be transferred to a traditional supervision unit.
CUPS 6 Female Intervention Program (FIP)
The Female Intervention Program (FIP), was created in January of 2001 with the goal of addressing specific issues and aspects of a female's life.
The FIP consists of weekly girls' groups that focus on human trafficking, drug and alcohol screening, counseling, moral development, proper etiquette, anger management, and educational field trips. As the girls successfully complete tasks and progress through the program, levels of supervision are reduced and many eventually transfer to a traditional supervision unit for the duration of their probation supervision period.
CUPS 7 Residential Aftercare Program (RAP)
The Residential Aftercare Program (RAP) serves as a reintegration unit for youth placed in a Harris County Juvenile Probation Department county operated residential facility. The RAP assists in identifying service needs as well as actions for successful community re-integration. This unit also provides enhanced supervision for youth upon completion of their placement stay, offering services focused on the reintegration of the youth into the home and family.
Parent or guardian participation is a key element in the program. Clients participate in Saturday programs that include child/parent-education workshops and service learning projects. Linkage to community resources is provided to ensure each youth has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
CUPS 9 - Special Needs Diversionary Program (SNDP)
The Special Needs Diversionary Program (SNDP) is a grant funded program designed to increase the availability of effective services to juvenile offenders with mental health needs.
The goal of SNDP is to reduce delinquency, increase offender accountability and rehabilitate juvenile offenders through a comprehensive, coordinated community based juvenile probation system.
Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) works in coordination with Texas Correctional Office of Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments (TCOOMMI), and in cooperation with mental health and mental retardation agencies to implement programs that provide services to youth under the jurisdiction of local juvenile probation departments.
There are several SNDP teams, each of which consists of a licensed mental health provider from The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and a Juvenile Probation Officer. Additional service providers for the SNDP include a Psychiatrist and Educational Services. Resources offered to the families include intensive case management, skills training and education, psychiatric services/medication monitoring, collaborative case plans/treatment plans, early intervention, and linkage to community based programs. Weekly staffings are held to discuss and update the progress of each program participant. Harris County continues to exceed in programmatic requirements of SNDP.
CUPS 9 - Community Based Stabilization Unit (CBSU)
The Community Based Stabilization Unit (CBSU) is an intensive supervision program designed to ensure the continuity of care for juvenile offenders with significant mental health issues upon their release from a Harris County Juvenile Probation Department's facility. CBSU mental health services include psychiatric evaluation/treatment, intensive community-based rehabilitation skills training, psychotherapy, intensive case management, and resource referral/linkage. CBSU offers a wrap-around model. A facilitator and Parent Partner is assigned to a family based on the level of care which is determined by the Child and Adolescent Need and Strength (CANS) assessment. Weekly parent support groups are facilitated by a Parent Partner for education and care.
The CBSU team consists of a licensed mental health provider from The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and a Juvenile Probation Officer. The mental health provider works collaboratively with the CBSU Juvenile Probation Officer to ensure that each youth is stabilized and learns appropriate coping/decision making skills to become a productive and law abiding citizen.
CUPS 9 - Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) Program
The Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) program offers supervision for youth with limited intellectual functioning and cognitive impairments. A Juvenile Probation Officer works in a collaborative manner with service coordinator from The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. Monthly staffings occur with the JPO and service coordinators for formulation of treatment goals and identification of community-based services for identified needs.
Services offered through the Harris Center of Mental health and IDD unit include service coordination, life skills programs, continuity of care, home and community based services (HCS), respite care, Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ICF-IID), Specialized Therapies and Rehabilitative Services (STARS), and Texas Home Living Waiver (TXHML).
CUPS 9 Sex Offender Supervision Program
The Sex Offender Supervision Program targets youth with charges that meet the state registration eligibility requirement for sexual related offenses. Youth in this program remain in their community and receive intensive probation supervision and counseling.
Juvenile Probation Officers work closely with Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Providers, (LSOTP) in the supervision of their clients. Collaboration with treatment providers and stakeholders in the community promotes offender accountability and victim safety. Supervision through the Sex Offender Supervision Program includes the coordination of referrals to sex offender treatment, multi-family counseling groups, mentoring programs and linkage to community-based services.
Council on Alcohol and Drugs – Houston
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors from the Council on Alcohol and Drugs – Houston, screen all youth entering Field Services supervision from Court to identify, educate and intervene with those who have substance abuse problems.
Helping Youth Prevent Engaging in Risky Behavior- HYPE2.0
Helping Youth Prevent Engaging in Risky Behavior-HYPE 2.0 program (provided by Change Happens!) specializes in the educational empowerment of teens aged 15-19. By utilizing the evidence based curriculum Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART), HYPE 2.0 informs, engages, and encourages participants on both abstinence practices and contraception measures.
In addition, HYPE 2.0 incorporates Money Talks, a financial literacy introductory component developed to sustain financial stability and increase economic growth.
Promoting Health Among Teens (PHAT) Abstinence-Only Intervention
Healing the Family, Inc. provides youth with the PHAT Abstinence-Only Intervention program. PHAT is an evidence-based program proven to be effective in reducing adolescent health risk factors such as of HIV, STDs, and teen pregnancy.
Rhema is a faith-based, non-denominational, non-doctrinal high energy program. The program invites different groups from around the Houston area to present. Rhema uses rap/hip-hop, contemporary artists and guest speakers to present stories of hope and encouragement to the juveniles. Most, if not all, of the presenters have experienced circumstances in their life similar to that of the at-risk juvenile population.
Disability Rights Texas
Provides tiered legal and educational advocacy services that includes legal advocacy training, educational advocacy training, post residential transition services, and other supportive services to families utilizing a self-advocacy approach.
LIFE SKILLS, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT & LEADERSHIP
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy integrating meaningful service with academic study and reflective practice to enrich learning, build civic engagement, and strengthen communities. It is more than merely community service. It is a hands on approach to learning new material while fostering civic responsibility.
Service learning builds strong character in youth as they learn about the role they play in their community and encourages lifelong civic participation.
Participants of service learning projects learn real-life experiences, and workplace skills, which enhances personal development. Service learning gives youth a sense of competency; they see themselves as active contributors to their community and learning experiences rather than passive recipients of adult decisions.
Building Engagement, Leadership, and Assets for Youth (On BELAY)
On BELAY is provided at several CUPS offices by The Baylor College of Medicine. On BELAY is an experiential youth leadership and development program designed to create youth leaders as the primary means of fostering community change. Guided by research-based healthy youth development principals and inclusive of evidence-based violence prevention curricula, program goals include participant increase in: culturally competent leadership skills, numerous developmental assets, non-violent problem solving, meaningful contribution to community, and connection with adults.
Proper self-esteem, Academics, Character development, and Employment preparation (P.A.C.E.)
The P.A.C.E. program is a multiple week education and training program providing development of moral, educational and spiritual values through a comprehensive life skills program. The curriculum addresses character-building and esteem, fosters effective communication and problem-solving between youth and parent, matches adult coaches with youth and parents to form a bonded team, establishes individual educational goals for youth and helps implement them and provides training opportunities for job readiness.
Reality Oriented Physical Experience Service (ROPES) Challenge Course
The ROPES challenge course provides an outdoor educational environment in which learning opportunities for all participants are presented to develop the skills of an effective communicator, competent problem-solver, self-directed learner, and responsible citizen through Reality Oriented Physical Experiences (ROPES).
Tejano Center for Community Concerns
The Tejano Center for Community Concerns provides life skills workshops, parenting workshops, alcohol and drug education, grief counseling and anger management. The Tejano Center also facilitates the Reality Oriented Physical Experience Service (ROPES) challenge course.
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention
The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention provides a unique program for juveniles who have been involved in shoplifting called the Youth Educational Shoplifting (Y.E.S.) program. The Y.E.S. program is a at home study course consisting of 2 audio CDs and a workbook to be done jointly by the child and parent. It is designed to help change the thinking, feelings and attitudes the youth holds which allowed them to shoplift and will reduce their risk of shoplifting and getting arrested in the future.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS)
Big Brothers and Big Sisters connect similarly motivated individuals and organizations, providing a foundation for achievement.
BBBS intentionally serves at-risk children who will benefit most from one-to-one mentoring focusing on children who fall into one or more of the following risk factors: poverty, incarcerated relatives or single parent households. BBBS's vision is that all children achieve success in life. The key is nurturing long-term mentoring relationships with frequent contact between mentors (Big) and mentees (Little). Each match is carefully administered by rigorous standards.
reVision – Houston Mentoring
The reVision Mentoring Program is a faith-based program designed to provide juvenile offenders with a positive adult role model/mentor.
The mentoring program includes community-based activities to engage youth in more positive behaviors. reVision connects youth paired with mentors to positive peers and constructive activities on a weekly basis. reVision mentors commit to a six- to twelve-month relationship with a youth, but many of them continue contact far beyond as they become a meaningful and ongoing part of each other's lives.
reVision also offers life skills programs, academic assistance and career planning to include possible job placement.
Professional, licensed therapists provide individual, family and group counseling to probationers and their families at the CUPS office locations as well as some satellite locations. Services are provided in both English and Spanish.
MHMRA of Harris County
MHMRA of Harris County works with the HCJPD to provide mental health services for youth. Services include psychiatric evaluation/treatment, skills training, psychotherapy, intensive case management, and resource referral/linkage.
Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse Counseling
Through a partnership with The Turning Point, Inc. and M-Power Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors are available at various CUPS offices. Probationers receive intensive out-patient therapy, to include individual, family and group sessions.
Girls Circle of Harris County
Girls Circle of Harris County, provided by Resolve It, Inc., is a structured evidence-based, therapeutic program that addresses the specialized needs of girls participating in the Female Intervention Program. The program deals directly with the victimization and trauma issues experienced by these girls. Using program techniques, girls work on developing safe relationships and positive emotional connections to explore the causes and consequences of violent behavior.
JOB SKILLS TRAINING & JOB PLACEMENT
Change Happens! Workforce Development Program
Project JUMP START is an intensive case management program provided by Change Happens! incorporating workforce development and academic achievement goals for youth. Eligible participants reside in one of Houston's high poverty, high crime areas. Along with case management, workforce development, education and training, and community service activities; medium to high risk youth will be eligible to participate in the mentoring portion of the program.
The program is designed to empower participants to improve on skills that will enhance their future educational and career opportunities
Houston Area Urban League (HAUL)
HAUL offers a workforce development program which includes, academic assessments, job training skills and job placement for youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.
COMMUNITY-BASED ADVOCACY SERVICES
Harris County Advocate Program (H-CAP)
H-CAP offers a community-based alternative to placement. The program serves adjudicated offenders whose behavior and social circumstances put them at risk of placement in residential treatment facilities. It offers a wide range of individualized, non-traditional, wrap-around and advocacy services for the youth and their family.
The Field Services Division has developed collaborative efforts with several community partners to provide services, mentors and educational programs. Some of our current community partners include:
• Free The Captives
• Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES)
• Goodwill Industries of Houston
• Teen Inc.
• Tools 4 Teens
• The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center