Carol Ulloa, Division Director
2680 Radio Lane Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 225-5230
Fax: (530) 225-5448
Co-located with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility at the the Juvenile Justice Center, the juvenile division handles all juveniles cited by law enforcement for law violations. It is also the parent division for the following programs:
Anger Skills | Drug Court | Sex Offender | Life Skills | Oasis | Phoenix | WINGS
Skills For Managing Anger is an 8-16 week course designed to help minors cope with the stresses of life by teaching concepts and skills that enable them to manage their anger without resorting the aggression. They are currently being conducted in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility and at Oasis School, Anderson and Redding at Wright Education Services by Wright Education Services.
Juvenile Drug Court is designed to reduce substance abuse and related criminal activity among non-violent juvenile offenders by offering a structure of strength-based intensive treatment services, intervention, court supervision and community support. Drug court is a minimum twelve-month program. Minors are required to appear before the Juvenile Court Judge every week, at which time the judge review the progress or lack of progress for the minor. Frequent drug testing and participation in recovery services in required.
The purpose of the juvenile sex offender program within the juvenile probation system is to create a containment approach for monitoring juveniles who have been adjudicated for sex offenses. The team usually consists of a Deputy Probation Officer, a Sex Offender Therapist, and a Polygraph Examiner.
The deputy probation officer (DPO) monitors the juvenile's behavior in the field and assesses compliance with Court orders. Juveniles on this caseload have extensive rules and requirements to follow, including completing a Juvenile Sex Offender Rehabilitation Treatment (JSORT) program. On a weekly basis, each juvenile is visited by the assigned Deputy Probation Officer (DPO), at his or her school, home or at sex offender counseling. Random probation searches are conducted by the DPO at the minor's home. This ensures the minor is not in possession of any restricted material such as pornography, internet access, or anything else restricted by court order. The minors are also not permitted to have contact with young children or their victims without special permission from their probation officer. Additionally, if the minor has substance abuse issues, they are subject to random testing and counseling classes. To help with family issues, the DPO regularly attends the family parenting class. This offers the DPO the opportunity to learn if the family is complying with the Court orders.
Because of the foremost importance for community safety, each minor/family involved with the sex offender program must have a safe plan in effect. In addition, an alarm system is often utilized on the offender's bedroom door and windows. This alerts the family if the minor leaves his room, which could put others at risk.
The polygraph test is utilized to ensure the minor's compliance with the sex offender program, contract, and safe plan. The polygraph is also used to determine specific issues, full disclosure, and maintenance, and the information gained from polygraph testing is forwarded to the therapist and the DPO.
Life Skills is an eight-week program for teenagers designed to teach various social skills such as dating, anger management, sexual assault prevention, communication and sexual harassment training. The program is operated by Northern Valley Catholic Social Services with the coordination of the Probation Officer.
Oasis Community School is operated by the Shasta County Office of Education. The Office of Education pays for two Deputy Probation Officer positions to work with to 90 probation minors referred to the school by School Attendance Review Boards (SARB). The Probation Department has assigned an additional Deputy Probation Officer to this school. There are nearly 90 wards of the Court and 160 informal cases at Oasis school. The two staff work with all minors attending Oasis Community School, including wards of the court. They monitor attendance and compliance with Court orders and/or SARB contracts.
Phoenix Program is for serious substance abuse. Many of the minors in the program attend school at the Juvenile Justice Center site. The Phoenix program holds minors accountable for their substance abuse. They are frequently tested for substance abuse and strictly monitored for compliance with Court orders. The Shasta County Office of Education and Shasta County Drug and Alcohol are also involved in the program.
Wraparound Interagency Network for Growth and Stability (WINGS) is an intensive strength based family focused program for high-risk juveniles. The court-based program uses an interagency family treatment team to meet the needs of the minor and family. The team consists of two probation officers and a mental health therapist. Minors with diagnosed mental illness, as well as those whose level of functioning is impaired by learning disabilities and severe substance abuse, require extremely high levels of supervision and support in order to be successful in their school, home and community. Family members help in developing plans and strategies to deal with issues presented when the minor remains in the home.