Probation counselors also supervise juvenile offenders sentenced by the court under special sentencing options.
Chemically Dependency Disposition Alternative
Youth who otherwise may be facing commitment to the State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and are chemically dependent may be sentenced to an extended period of community supervision under a Chemically Dependency Disposition Alternative (CDDA). CDDA will seek to address the chemical dependency issues while holding the youth accountable in their local communities.
Juveniles in court for their first felony matter can petition the court for a Deferred Disposition. In this process the juvenile is found guilt of the offense, given a sanction that cannot include detention. If the youth fulfills all conditions of the court for one year, then the youth can petition the court to dismiss the felony matter and not have criminal history for this offense.
Specialized Family Treatment
Juvenile Court now has specialized family treatment (FFT) available for juveniles on probation who are at risk of reoffending. The treatment has been shown to be effective in reducing recidivism. The treatment program is offered in the home and typically runs for 12 weeks. The cost for treatment will be paid from special grants from the federal and state government .
Special Sex Offender Disposition Act
First time sex offenders who are evaluated as amenable to treatment and a reasonable community risk may be sentenced under the Special Sex Offender Disposition Act (SSODA), which requires they register as sex offenders and submit to DNA identification and HIV testing. Conditions imposed under this program usually include 24 months of community supervision, on-going professional sex offender counseling or therapy and electronic monitoring.