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When the police arrest a child, the police have to decide whether to release the child or transport the child to a DJS intake office to request that DJS detain the child. If the police opt to request detention, while at the DJS intake office, your child will meet a Case Management Specialist (CMS) who will review the charges via the police report provided by the police and contact you to schedule an intake meeting. During this meeting, the CMS will inquire about you and your child’s background, complete an assessment, and determine if, in the interest of public safety, your child will be detained or return home with your family, possibly on an alternative to detention. Alternatives to detention available through DJS are community detention, reporting centers, and temporary stays in shelter. If your child is detained or placed on an alternative to detention, then your child will appear in court that day or the next business day, or if the arrest occurs over the weekend or holiday, on the next court day. During court, your child will appear before a Judge or Magistrate who reviews the case and may alter whatever decision DJS made during intake.
If the police do not take your child to DJS requesting detention, but still opt to file charges that accuse your child of wrongdoing, then you will receive a letter for an intake appointment at a local Department of Juvenile Services office. The DJS Case Management Specialist you meet during the intake appointment will have to decide what to do in response to the alleged offense charged by the police. At this stage, DJS will choose from one of three options to address the case: 1) resolve the case at the intake level,
2) give your child an informal adjustment, or 3) formalize the case. See below
for an explanation of each option.
If your child appears before a Judge or Magistrate after adjudication (trial) for disposition (sentencing), and the court determines that supervision and services will be provided by DJS, there are two primary types of supervision that can be ordered.
The Multi-Disciplinary Assessment and Staffing Teams (MAST) serve as a comprehensive approach to treatment planning for your child and take place in one of the DJS detention facilities. MAST teams consist of you, your child, your child’s DJS Case Manager, the Case Manager’s supervisor, a DJS social worker, DJS psychologist, Resource Specialist, representative from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), representative from the detention facility’s mental health provider, and any other pertinent relative or supportive individuals in your child’s life. Each MAST reviews the results of psychological and psychosocial evaluations and educational records to determine a treatment plan for your child and recommendation to the court for supervision.
Case Management Specialist (CMS) – An individual DJS employee tasked with guiding you and your child through your involvement with the juvenile justice system. At the intake level, this individual will review any complaints sent to DJS from the police or citizens and contact you to schedule an intake meeting. If your child’s case is forwarded to the court, a CMS will work with you to help you navigate court hearings and provide information to the court as requested. The CMS will contact you and your child directly to review your court order, if applicable, and connect you to whatever services and resources you may need and to services ordered by the court.
Case Management Specialist Supervisor (CMSS) – This individual directly supervises the CMS. The CMSS must approve key decisions such as whether cases are resolved at the intake level or forwarded to the court. The CMSS also monitors the progression of all youth during supervision, as assigned to the CMS within the supervisor’s team.
Assistant Regional Director (ARD) – This individual manages an intake, probation, and/or aftercare office, directly overseeing the Case Management Specialist Supervisors.
Regional Director (RD) – The director of one of six designated areas of DJS managing all community supervision teams of the region.
Resource Specialist – Coordinator of treatment and services directly provided by DJS. This person also assists in guiding service recommendations during MAST.
Court Liaison – A DJS Case Management Specialist assigned to present cases to the Judge or Magistrate during court. This is not a statewide assignment; some regions do not operate with Court Liaisons.
Yes. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) operates the educational services within all the Department of Juvenile Services operated detention committed facilities. The MSDE, Juvenile Services Education (JSE) program provides core instruction in Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science, and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation programs.
Visit the Maryland State Department of Education Juvenile Services Education website.
In both detention and committed facilities a typical day includes scheduled time for education, treatment groups, meals, exercise, and structured leisure time. The type of programming varies based upon the type of facility and the needs of the youth. Family members are encouraged to contact the youth’s facility Case Management Specialist to learn more about the activities for their particular youth.
The youth’s Case Management Specialist is the primary contact for information related to a particular youth’s treatment plan. When a youth is in the community the primary contact is the youth’s Community Case Management Specialist. When a youth is in a facility the primary contact is the youth’s Facility Case Management Specialist.
Yes. The parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian of a youth involved in an incident must be notified within two hours of an incident that threatens the safety of a youth. Based upon the nature of the incident other entities may also be notified.
This is a complex decision that is not made exclusively by Department of Juvenile Services. The department works with the courts, families, and service providers in this process.
If a youth is pending adjudication (trial), the court may detain a youth on a temporary basis in a physically restricting (or secure) facility pending court disposition of the case.
Learn more about the detention process.
After adjudication (trial) on a matter, and after considering the most appropriate program and treatment services for the youth, the court will determine if the youth will be placed in the community, a staff secure facility, or a hardware secure facility.
Learn more about Department of Juvenile Services committed programs.
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