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Last Updated: 2014-05-08

Post Dispositional Program

Purpose and Philosophy

The RJDC Post-D Program is a long term (up to six months) program designed to allow residents ages 14 – 17, a community-based dispositional alternative to commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice. The program will provide the residents with the opportunity to address maladaptive behaviors and replace them with socially appropriate skills by making positive changes to their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The program will engage the resident and provide skill development through evidenced based strategies, educational services, career exploration, individual and family counseling while remaining connected to their families and the community.

Treatment Objectives

Each resident in the RJDC Post-D Program will receive strength and evidenced based programming, individual and family counseling, psycho-educational groups, anger management, substance abuse education, and independent living skills. The resident will also be provided case management services as well as individualized services as identified by the service plan. The program will also focus on good decision making skills and impulse control are also addressed daily.

Criteria for Acceptance

The criteria to be accepted into the RJDC Post-D Program are as follows:

  • The juvenile is 14 to 17 years of age;
  • The juvenile has committed an offense, which if committed by an adult, would be punishable by confinement;
  • The juvenile is sentenced for no less than 30 days under the §16.1-284.1 of the Code of Virginia;
  • The juvenile has a suspended commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice;
  • The juvenile has not been committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice within the last 18 months;
  • The juvenile has never been convicted of a violent felony as defined by Code of Virginia;
  • The interests of the juvenile and the community require secure custody in order to receive services;
  • The interests of the juvenile and the community require the juvenile be placed under legal restraint or discipline;
  • The placement is for the rehabilitation of the resident;
  • The resident has documented failure in past treatment programs;
  • There is a recent social history;
  • The juvenile has been assessed by the Post-D Coordinator and determined to be appropriate for the program;
  • A Post-D Program bed is available.

Referral

In order to place a juvenile in the RJDC Post-D Program, a referral shall be completed by the assigned Probation Officer, and submitted through the GILS system. The Probation Officer shall also fax referral and packet information to Post-D Coordinator for review. The referral (available below) can be faxed to the Post-D Coordinator at (804) 646-2990, ATTN: Marcus J. Tucker.

Upon review of the referral, the Post-D Program Coordinator will review the Admission Packet that includes the Assessment for Appropriateness. The Post-D Program Coordinator will notify the referring probation officer of the decision to accept or deny the resident into the program. The referring probation officer will then give a Post-D Program information packet to each child and parent/legal guardian prior to the child entering the program that briefly explains the program including visitation, medical responsibilities, behavior management, and individual responsibilities. It is to be made clear that the juvenile will not receive credit for time served and that the suspended commitment will be imposed upon failure in the Post-D Program.

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Contact Information:

Department of Justice Services
City of Richmond
730 E. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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