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Juvenile Holdover Programs, Monitoring Standards

NCJ Number
Date Published
December 2005
62 pages
This manual sets forth the policies and procedures for Juvenile Holdover Programs in Montana.
Juvenile Holdover Programs are short-term holding programs for low-risk or non-violent juvenile offenders or children in need of emergency care. Juveniles under the supervision of Holdover Programs are typically awaiting a court appearance, waiting to be reunited with family, or waiting for more permanent placement in a juvenile facility. Key elements of Juvenile Holdover Programs are listed and include short-term placement with high availability and accessibility. Legal issues impacting the development, administration, and operation of Juvenile Holdover Programs are explained, followed by a section that overviews both the JJDP Act and the Montana Youth Court Act. Minimum requirements for the Holdover Program facility are outlined and referral, admission, and discharge procedures are enumerated. The requirements for medical safety, dealing with intoxicated youth, and crisis intervention are presented. Included in these sections are related forms and assessment inventories, such as the Suicide Risk Inventory, the Admission Form, and the Discharge Form. Finally, the staffing requirements and policies for Juvenile Holdover Programs are enumerated, including job descriptions for the Juvenile Holdover Program Coordinator and the Youth Attendant. A self-certification checklist is offered to assist in program development. Glossary, footnotes