The Bay County Juvenile Home (BCJH) is operated under the Office of the Bay County Executive. The facility is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Child Caring Institution. The BCJH is a 29 bed co-ed, secure facility for youth between the ages of 10-17. The function of juvenile detention is to provide temporary care for youth requiring secure custody pending court and disposition or pending transfer to another jurisdiction or agency. Youth are admitted only by court order; voluntary placements can not be accepted.
The BCJH was established to provide temporary care and services in secure and safe custody to juveniles ages 10-17 who are charged of a crime, adjudicated, pending court action or awaiting transfer to another facility and who cannot be served in an open setting. The Bay County Juvenile Home is committed to treating youth in a least restrictive manner which respects the individual while providing a safe and secure environment for all residents and staff. Basic purposes of the facility are to:
Provide a safe and secure environment for residents and staff.
Provide for resident's basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and access to emergency medical and dental care.
Prevent the violation of resident's legal rights during detainment at the Bay County Juvenile Home.
Provide for the physical, emotional, religious, educational and social needs during detainment.
House the youth in a safe and humane environment, maintaining the level of security necessary to prevent escape and assures that the youth lives free of fear assault or intimidation.
If the resident detained takes prescribed medication, please be sure to bring his/her prescribed medication. The medication must be in a pharmacy-dispensed bottle with pharmacy instructions for administering. Many factors are involved with allowing the youth to take the medication immediately. Medications need to be verified and discrepancies in number or type of pills need to be researched. The following information should be on the prescription bottle:
- Name and Address of pharmacy
- Date of prescription or refill
- Number of pills prescribed
- Name of physician
- Name of patient
- Medication name
- Direction for use-including precautions if any
The school program is a, on site, fully accredited educational program staffed by the Bay Arenac Intermediate School District (BAISD). Classes include core academics following the Michigan curriculum guidelines, physical education, and academic work geared to each youths specific learning needs. The program also offers GED study if it is appropriate for an individual student. All teachers are certified. Youth may earn high school credits while attending the school program and those credits fully transfer back to the youths home school. The school program follows the Bay City Public School's calendar.
The Bay County Juvenile Home participates in the National School Lunch Program, which ensures the nutritional quality of meals served meet minimum requirements. Residents received three (3) meals and a snack each day. The facility never withholds food as a form of punishment or to induce a particular type of behavior. The BCJH is compliant with the civil rights policies with the NSLP program.
BCJH Wellness Policy 2014
School Emergency Drills 2014-2015
School Emergency Drill October 21, 2014 1 of 5 Fire Drills
School Emergency Drill December 4, 2014 1 of 2 Tornado Drill
School Emergency Drill December 9, 2014 2nd Shift
School Emergency Drill February 19, 2015 1 of 3 Lockdown Drill
School Emergency Drill February 27, 2015 2 of 5 Fire Drills