Bay County Juvenile Home
520 West Hampton Road
Essexville, MI 48732-9710
(989) 892-4519 Voice
(989) 895-4049 TDD/TTY
The Bay County Juvenile Home provides care and supervision for up to 29 juvenile offenders placed in the facility by Probate Court or the Department of Human Services. Children are admitted only by court order, voluntary placements can not be accepted. Beginning in July 2004 the facility began offering both secure juvenile detention and secure substance abuse treatment services. All substance abuse treatment activities are conducted by a licensed substance abuse provider.
Secure Juvenile Detention
Secure juvenile detention stays are determined by either the Probate Court or Family Independence Agency. The facility is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Child Caring Institution. The average length of stay in secure detention is about 14 days. Some young people may stay only for a weekend, other up to 30 days, and in some cases the stay maybe extended based on the serious of the offense or waiver to the adult criminal justice system. During the program day residents begin with a morning personal hygiene routine, followed by a full day of school work, and afternoon physical activities. After the evening meal residents may particpate in other activities like writting letters, reading, or addiitonal physical activities.
The therapeutic services available to the youth while in detention deal with the day to day problems and difficulties occurring in the secure setting. The over-all case management for the youth is the responsibility of the Probate Court Probation Officer or Department of Human Services Caseworker. The facility through its staff and program management practices provides:
- for basic needs, including shelter, food, clothing, and emergency medical care.
- prevents the abridgment of the residents legal rights during their stay at the facility.
- programming to meet the physical, emotional, religious, educational, and social needs of the residents during their stay.
- maintains a safe and humane environment, that is secure to prevent escape.
- assures that juveniles live free of fear of assault or intimidation.
Program Purpose, Goals, and Objectives
Food Service - The facility participates in the Federal School Lunch Program, which requires monitoring to ensure the nutritional quality of meals served meet minimum requirements. Residents received three (3) balanced meals each day with the opportunity to purchase additional snacks with their token points. This practice is more fully described in the token economy guide contained in this manual and the resident handbook. The facility never withholds food as a form of punishment or to induce a particular type of behavior.
Special dietary needs are identified at the time of admission and provided for throughout the youth's stay. In the event a youth presents special dietary needs, the jail is informed and the menu altered accordingly. Special dietary needs may include those youth with health problems (diabetes) or specific religious practices.
Breakfast is prepared on-site according to an established meal and menu plan. Lunches and dinners are prepared at the Bay County Jail. Copies of menus are contained in the food services section of this manual. The Cook/Driver employed for this purpose transports these meals to the facility. Food items are stored at the facility for emergency purposes in the event of vehicle failure or inclement weather. This practice also provides food for residents who may enter the facility outside of meal times.
Informal Counseling - Program staffing includes individuals with diverse educational and experiential backgrounds, generally with a focus in human services. Individuals in these positions listen and respond to residents prior to and when problems develop. Residents may also visit weekly with court personnel and attorneys. The parents and grandparents of each resident may visit two (2) times each week during established visiting hours. Residents also have limited privileges to send and receive mail. Formal counseling which has already been established within the community can continue while the youth is in detention.
Religious programming - Members of the clergy have unlimited visiting privileges with a resident in accordance with established procedures. There are no adverse consequences for residents who chose not to participate in this aspect of the program. If a resident or their parent/guardian wishes to arrange pastoral services, a request must be made to the on-site supervisor or Chief Administrator.
Individualized education program - The Bay Arenac Intermediate School District (BAISD) provides an individualized and certified academic program at the facility. All youth must attend school and each can receive extensive tutorial services consistent with their educational plan. The BAISD staff develops a written report describing school activities for those youth in residence longer than five (5) days. Each resident is tested to determine their reading and math grade levels. Classroom instruction including remedial and tutorial services are provided consistent with the residents grade level. In those cases where a student maybe emotionally impaired, the BAISD arranges for an Individualized Educational Planning Conference (IEPC) to develop a suitable academic plan.
Recreational activities - Program staff plan and implement a variety of recreational activities suitable to the developmental stage of the residents and keeping with the facility mission, program time, and space constraints. Organized sports activities (basketball and wiffle ball), table games, and physical conditioning activities are commonly provided.
Personal hygiene - Each resident is required to practice appropriate and culturally sensitive personal hygiene through an established daily routine. At least once each day, a resident is required to take a shower, change clothing, and brush their teeth. Personal hygiene products are provided by the facility.
Health Services and Physical Examinations - Emergency medical problems are generally attended to prior to a youth's admission to the facility. If a medical emergency develops while in the facility either emergency medical personnel are contacted and dispatched to the facility or the youth is transported to an urgent care center. Within seven (7) days following admission, a physical is completed for each resident who has not had an exam during the past year. An on-site nurse working under the direction of a physician (Secure Care) completes this examination. When other health concerns develop appointments are made with medical staff as needed, following review of the situation by the on-site nurse. Attendance at these appointments and any outstanding financial arrangements are coordinated with the youth's parents/guardians and referral source. The facility keeps records of all medical services received by the youth.
Treatment Programs - The secure detention program described in this manual and the accompanying r esident handbook seeks to be therapeutic. The foundation of this treatment philosophy is embodied in t he Token Economy system. Essen tially a balanced system of incentives to promote positive behaviors and consequences for failure to adhere to program rules and requirements. The facility also works cooperatively with a variety of other community based treatment providers. A weekly substance abuse prevention program is provided by arrangement with the Neighborhood Resource Center, a chemical dependency program operated by McClarren/Bay Regional Health System. Close communication and opportunities to provide treatment activities are arranged through the Bay Arenac Community Mental Health program. By its nature, the facility encourages and permits visits with independent practitioners as approved the resident's caseworker or probation officer.
Discharge of Residents - Young people are discharged from the program according to the orders of the probate court. In general, residents maybe returned to their own home, a relatives home, placed in a foster or group home, or placed in another institution. Discharge is a pre-planned process arranged by the probate court or the Department of Human Services. As part of its case planning and management practices, the secure detention facility, completes a discharge plan and summary for each resident. This discharge plan and summary includes the reason for discharge, person and place to which the resident was discharged, a brief summary of medical and dental services provided, and the name and title of the person to whom the youth was released. This document also contains a brief description of the youth's adjustment to the program. In the event of an unplanned discharge, the facility completes a brief summary of the circumstances surrounding the discharge.