Juvenile Hall is a 50 bed detention facility for male and female youth who have been arrested for criminal acts in the community or violations of probation. Youth detained at the Juvenile Hall are either awaiting the court process or serving additional time ordered by the court. Youth are cared for by Juvenile Services Officers, teachers, medical and mental health personnel. While in custody youth attend school daily, participate in outdoor recreation, and have access to a variety of constructive activities. In partnership with Restorative Partners, the Juvenile Hall offers a myriad of programs that are designed to assist our youth towards rehabilitation. Such programs include, but are not limited to, art classes, chess club, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), bible study, Narcotics Anonymous (NA), yoga, tutoring, Book Club, weekly church services, and a sports program.
The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education provides a fully accredited, year round, academic program for youth at the Juvenile Hall. Youth are medically cared for by doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurses through the Public Health Department. Therapist from the County Mental Health Department are on duty and available to youth 10-13 hours a day.
The Juvenile Hall is guided by the minimum standards contained in the California Code of Regulations Title 15 & Title 24, and is inspected for compliance to these standards by the Board of State and Community Corrections, State Fire Marshall, County Office of Education, Juvenile Justice Commission, Public Health Department, the Juvenile Court and County Public Works Department.
Coastal Valley Academy
Coastal Valley Academy (CVA) is a custody commitment camp program in Juvenile Hall for 14-17 year old male and female youth who are moderate to high risk and in need of residential treatment. Youth are ordered to stay 6-12 months and receive intensive case management, treatment and educational services through collaboration with a local treatment provider, Family Care Network, and the County Office of Education.
While CVA is located onsite with Juvenile Hall, the program is completely separated in programming, having its own classroom, recreation yard and living unit. The physical features of the unit are more home like, while still maintaining compliance with Title 15 and Title 24.
The Coastal Valley Academy provides a safe and effective alternative to group homes, engaging the families in the treatment and reunification process. Youth participate in Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings as well as individual, family and group treatment. CVA staff is trained in Comprehensive and Substance Abuse Curriculums designed by the University of Cincinnati and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Groups are facilitated by both treatment staff and CVA Probation Officers. Youth participate in pro social activities, including off-site activities, community service projects, and home passes.