A member of the Arkansas Juvenile Detention Association and one of fourteen Juvenile Detention Centers (JDC) in the State of Arkansas, the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center is a 36 bed facility located in Fayetteville and is designed as a secure holding facility for both pre-adjudicated and adjudicated Residents. In 2000, the Center moved to its' present location and offers services to holistically meet the needs of juveniles who it serves.
• MAYSI 2 - Massachussets Youth Screening Inventory is administered to each Youth upon intake into the Detention Center and is a 52 question screening tool, administered for the three months prior to intake. The Maysi screens for mental health issues and helps to guide detention programming to individually meet the needs of the Youth.
• Medical Needs are addressed through consultation with a contract Nurse who approves medications and performs an initial evaluation of youth. If your child has medical needs, please promptly advise juvenile detention staff.
• Education - School classes are held Monday thru Friday, following the Fayetteville Public School schedules for holidays and policies. Classes are conducted by on-site, State licensed Special Education and Middle School teachers. Students work primarily in the areas of reading, language, and math to strengthen their skills. Parents/guardians are asked to bring youth's work from their home school districts to work on while in detention and then to pick the completed school work up to deliver back to their school districts. Questions concerning the Education Department may be directed to 479 444-1670 ext 225.
• Physical Education - As part of the education program, the facility is fortunate to have a Physical Education teacher on-site to provide physical education services to juveniles who are detained. This structured activity assists with the overall mental health functioning of the juveniles and with meeting the AR Juvenile Detention Standards Code for daily large muscle movement.
• Nutritional Services - The facility meals and snacks are planned by the facility's Food Service Coordinator and must meet nutritional standards, as regulated by the National School Lunch Program. If you have questions or concerns regarding allergies, please contact the Food Service Coordinator by calling 479 444-1670 ext 223 or by emailing Marsha Parker.
• Mental Health Needs are addressed through on-site clinical services provided by the Social Work Intervention Program. Additionally, for youth who are currently receiving mental health services, their therapist may visit them to continue services while in detention.
• Specialized Services - Community groups, organizations, and churches, we well as individuals donate their time for specialized services such as hair care, health classes, clergy services, etc.
The Washington County Juvenile Detention Center also offers additional programming, including the following:
• “Be Proud, Be Responsible” HIV Prevention – This program is designed to increase knowledge about transmission and prevention of HIV infection. This program helps explain the importance of responsible sexual decision-making, including abstinence.
• Why Try – is a strength based approach program utlizing lesson plans for all learning syles (visual, audiory, & kinesthetic) to help youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in areas of truancy, behavior, and academics.
• Educational Training - Utilizing videos and group activities, Residents are given additional education on topics such as drugs, teen pregnancy, gangs, and STDS, with consent of the Resident's parents. Residents are also given the opportunity for self expression and empathy training through arts and crafts.
• Skills / Character - Additional skill based and character building trainings are faciliated by the Staff Development Coordinator / Trainer utilizing innovative methods including technology to engage, empower, and equip Youth to make better decisions.
• CPR / First Aid - Residents are offered periodic training in the American Heart Association's CPR and First Aid curriculum.
Statistics regarding the Juvenile Detention Center may be obtained by reviewing the 2013 Annual Report.