Youth Empowerment Services & Supervision (YESS)
The Youth Empowerment Services and Supervision Program works with juveniles placed on probation for known gang-related behavior or involvement. Juvenile Probation Officers administer gang assessments to determine the specific needs of the young person and work collaboratively with the Mayor's Anti-Gang Office.
Renew Inspire Support Empower (RISE)
The RISE Program is a county-wide community probation program for TJJD eligible young people who are assessed as high-risk. It is designed as an alternative to TJJD commitment or placement in a private, residential, or HCJPD post adjudicated facility.
This program provides intensive services and intensive supervision, utilizing effective treatment models and rehabilitative services to reduce dynamic criminogenic need factors while identifying and strengthening protective factors.
Therapeutic Connections Unit (TCU)
The Therapeutic Connections Unit offers specialized supervision and intense case management services through the provision of a collaborative model to young people with significant mental health impairments, intellectual developmental disabilities, (IDD) and sex offenders.
The primary goal of the TCU is rehabilitation and prevention of further penetration in the juvenile justice system.
TCU is composed of the Special Needs Diversionary Program (SNDP) and the Sex Offender Program.
Sex Offender Program
The Sex Offender Supervision Program serves youth with charges that meet the state registration eligibility requirement for sexual related offenses. The Sex Offender Supervision Program works closely with Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Providers to provide intense case management, sex offender treatment and linkage to community based services.
- To promote treatment for prevention of future sexual deviant behavior.
- Provide education to the family on understanding sexual offender behavior, traits and cycles of a sex offender.
- Collaboration with treatment providers and stakeholders in the community to promote accountability and victim safety.
- Coordination of referrals to sex offender treatment, multi-family counseling groups, mentoring programs and linkage to community-based services.
Special Needs Diversionary Program (SNDP)
The Special Needs Diversionary Program (SNDP) is a grant-funded program that provides mental health treatment and specialized supervision to youth with significant mental health needs. The program is administered in a collaborative model by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) and the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments (TCOOMMI). The goal of the SNDP grant is to reduce delinquency, increase accountability and rehabilitate youth through a comprehensive, coordinated community-based juvenile probation system.
- SNDP shall serve youth that received a disposition of deferred adjudication, juvenile court-ordered probation, or have been released under court ordered conditions of release and are being supervised in the community by the juvenile probation department.
- SNDP shall serve youth that meet the priority population definition (youth who have a DSM-V diagnosis other than or in addition to substance abuse, intellectual developmental disorder, and/or autism spectrum disorder as determined by a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) as a result of the completion of a standardized mental health assessment).