Individual and family counseling is available to assist families in preventing youth from engaging in delinquent behavior. There is no cost for the services. For information and schedule, call (239) 278-5400. These services are provided at the JAC through a partnership with Lutheran Services of Florida.
Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)
For some youth, patterns of not attending school may start as early as elementary and middle school. The Truancy Intervention Program, or TIP, works with elementary and middle school youth with attendance problems to prevent them from becoming habitually truant. Students identified by their school social worker as having chronic non-attendance and their parents or guardians are requested to attend a TIP conference at the JAC as a last opportunity to comply with Florida’s mandatory school attendance before legal action is initiated. At the TIP conference the youth and parents are informed of the importance of school attendance, the seriousness of the legal sanctions for non-attendance, and school district policies. The TIP committee also attempts to identify other factors involved and steer the family in the right direction to avoid judicial action. Families are advised of other schooling choices and other community resources that may assist them. TIP is operated in partnership with the Lee County School District and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Civil citation provides an alternative to arrest with timely interventions for youth who have committed a minor crime. Youth are typically assigned community services hours and/or a service learning project as a consequence of their offense.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
MRT is provided at the JAC through a partnership with the Lee County Department of Human Services. MRT is an evidence based, 12-step, cognitive behavioral intervention that seeks to reduce recidivism by increasing moral reasoning. The MRT program at the JAC works primarily with first-time youth offenders who have committed a violent crime, such as, a misdemeanor battery or an aggravated battery. Youth are approved for the program by the Office of the State Attorney.