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Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) embraces the Cambiar model. Cambiar switches the focus from confinement and punishment to rehabilitation and regionalization. Clients are still held accountable for their choices. JJS employees, programs, and services support clients’ rehabilitation as they prepare for a healthy adulthood. JJS protects clients and provides for public safety. Major initiatives include:

  • Smaller, regional facilities statewide;
  • Smaller, safer, nurturing living units (therapeutic communities/milieus);
  • Client-centric unit management;
  • Individualized treatment plans based on strengths, needs, and goals;
  • Employee training that includes de-escalation, therapeutic, security protocol, and group management skills;
  • Robust programming and services for clients, including health care, behavioral health therapy, education and vocational training, culturally sensitive programming, religious services, artistic expression outlets, and physical recreation and movement.

For more information on Juvenile Justice Services, please call (505) 841-6540.