The Juvenile Division of the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department provides services along a continuum of care, including prevention, intervention, investigation, supervision, and incarceration. Each area plays a key role in the juvenile justice system.
The Juvenile Division works collaboratively to provide prevention services by assigning a probation officer to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Community School as well two probation officers to implement the Youth in Action program in area schools through the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and the Lucia Mar School District.
Early intervention services are delivered through a county wide diversion program that diverts lower risk and first time offenders from formal court proceedings and refers them to community resources. Probation officers also take part in regional multi-disciplinary teams that address truancy as well as other behaviors that put youth and families at risk of involvement in the Juvenile Delinquency or Dependency Courts.
The Court Unit completes investigations into the circumstances of youthful offenders and their families as referred by the Juvenile Delinquency Court. Officers prepare social history reports and complete individualized case plans where they make recommendations to the Court regarding supervision level and referrals for necessary services based on comprehensive risk and needs assessment.
Supervision services are provided through the Juvenile Field Unit where probation officers provide intensive case management and supervision to youthful offenders residing in the home of their parent or guardian. Some youth are provided intensive in-home services such as Wraparound Services to prevent removal from the home. In these cases, officers are part of a Child and Family Team (CFT) that provides a comprehensive strength based approach to working with the family.
The Placement and Commitment Services Unit works with youth who have been removed from their family homes and placed into foster care settings or incarcerated in the Coastal Valley Academy for residential treatment. Officers provide intensive case management as well oversee the delivery of reunification services in order to safely return youth to their homes or help reintegrate to communities through them transition to independence