A Collaborative Response | JAC’s History in the Community
In the late 1990’s, representatives from juvenile justice and social service agencies within Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties identified gaps within the continuum of services available to at-risk and delinquent youth. Agencies were searching for effective and efficient methods to identify and intervene with youth, whose behavior if not addressed, would be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming involved with either the social services or juvenile justice system
The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) opened in June 2000 to address the aforementioned problems by bringing together fragmented service delivery systems to deliver services in a more cost effective, immediate and comprehensive manner. Original programming focused primarily community referrals for “at-risk” youth. In February 2002, the program was relocated to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility. The relocation allowed for expanded programming and created a single entry site for families and for all youth contacted by law enforcement in the 18th Judicial District. In July 2009, the program was formed into a corporation and became a non-profit organization. Since 2009, the organization continues to partner with original collaborative agencies while generating new collaborative partners to enhance and expand our no cost screening and assessment services for high needs youth. More Information on JAC Programming
Mission | Serving Young People
It is the mission of the Juvenile Assessment Center to provide a coordinated, multi-agency, single entry site which contributes to the safety of youth, families, and the community through early intervention, comprehensive assessment and improved access to appropriate services.
Goals | The Juvenile Assessment Center
- Serving young people identified as at-risk, in high need, and/or delinquent and in need of intervention.
- Utilizing an individualized approach tailored to obtain positive outcomes for youth and families.
- Enhancing public safety through comprehensive assessment, and referral to supportive services and positive strategies.
- Providing a single point of entry for law enforcement; allowing them to return to their other duties in a timely manner.
- Increasing effectiveness in the use of limited resources through the elimination of duplication of effort and enhanced accountability.
- Facilitate better working relationships between agencies serving youth, families and the community.
- Serve as a resource to the community concerning youth related issues and services.
Partnership | The FRP
We are excited to announce our partnership in the Family Resource Pavilion (FRP).
The FRP is a community partnership that promotes the well-being of young people and their families through coordinated access to a comprehensive network of support services. The Juvenile Assessment Center relocated the Community Assessment Program to the FRP.