About the JAC
The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC); a 501(c)(3) not for profit youth serving organization in Colorado. We provide no cost risk and need assessment services coupled with mental health and substance abuse screening to youth residing in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. Our program believes in a “no wrong door” approach and accepts referrals from parents, schools, the Department of Human Services, Probation, Courts, other youth serving organizations, and law enforcement agencies.
In 2012, the JAC served 2,107 youth; 75% between the ages of 15 and 17. Overall, the JAC saw a decrease in the number of youth referred for assessment on new charges. From 2011, 2012 had a 27% increase in the number of parent referred assessment. Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse services was recommended to 40% of youth assessed. Click here to view our 2012 Annual Report.
The JAC provides different levels of assessment. Mainly, a risks and needs assessment to determine a youth’s strengths and risk factors is completed one-on-one with the Assessment Specialist and the youth. Currently, our assessment tool is based off the Colorado Juvenile Risk Assessment (CJRA). Mental Health screening is provided through the use of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2). The Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-A2) is used for for substance abuse screening. In collaboration with Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN) and Aurora Mental Health Center (AuMHC), the JAC provides specialized substance abuse and mental health assessments through our co-located specialists.
In Aurora, the JAC is a partner in Aurora’s Gang Reduction Impact Program (A-GRIP). The JAC A-Grip Bilingual Mobil Assessment Specialist provides JAC services locally in original Aurora. A-GRIP focuses on preventing youth from becoming involved with gangs; intervening with gang-involved youth and their families; reducing gang-related crime and violence; and creating an environment that inhabits gang activity. Click here for more information on A-GRIP.
To better serve Elbert and Lincoln counties, the JAC collaborates with the Elbert County Interagency Oversight Group and the 18th Judicial District Senate Bill 94 program through Rural Intervention Specialized Case Management (RISC). The RISC Case Manager provides JAC services locally in Elbert and Lincoln counties. Click here for more information on RISC
We are excited to announce our Community Training Series for 2012; serving the community with workshops geared at helping parents, teachers, counselors, law enforcement, and all other professionals working with youth. Please visit our Community Trainings page for information on upcomming trainings.
For more program infpormation, call a Specialist 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 720-874-3381. To email a question or concern contact the JAC at email@example.com.