184 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
The Mental Health Juvenile Justice (MHJJ) Project is a partnership with probation and families which targets youth charged as juvenile delinquents or Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS), who have been screened by probation to have mental health, family, or substance abuse issues. The MHJJ Project provides masters level clinicians to offer mobile and flexible clinical assessment, counseling and case management services to identified youth in an effort to prevent further involvement in the juvenile justice system. The program is designed to improve the youth's ability to function at home, at school and reduce or eliminate delinquent behavior.
These services are delivered at locations of convenience to the client, at school, in the home as well as clinic. The project has offices at probation and The Lourdes Corner for Youth and Family Services outpatient clinic at 303 Main Street. It serves over 200 youth and family members annually. Services are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
MHJJ provides the following services:
- Psychosocial Assessments
- Substance Abuse Assessments
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Case Management Services
- Referrals and linkages for medication management, CSE Services (School), additional community services (SPOA, DSS, Other) and Family Court Advocacy for youth involved in MHJJ.
- Life Skills Training
- Assistance in navigating the Juvenile Justice System
- PINS Parent Orientation
In addition, we offer aftercare and support services, job mentoring, Therapeutic Wilderness Adventure Programming, Family Strengthening Programs, and on-site consultation to the probation department.
For more information about the MHJJ Program, or for information about to how to file a PINS petition for youth in Broome County, please contact the Program Manager at 607-584-4465.
Detention Alternative After-School Program
The Detention Alternative After-School Program (DAASP) began in 2005 as a pilot therapeutic program offered to youth ages of 12 - 17 who are referred by Broome County Probation Department and by Broome County Family Court. DAASP is a "last chance" opportunity for youth who would otherwise be remanded to non-secure detention.
The program's focus is on reducing high-risk behaviors and improving school performance while building protective factors and resistance skills. The ultimate goal of DAASP is to increase positive decision-making, reduce recidivism, and offer an alternative to detention while holding youth and their families accountable.
DAASP is designed to accommodate a maximum of 6 youths ranging between 12 and 17 years of age. The program has structured components which include education, developing life-skills, self-esteem, self-discipline and creative expression.Counseling, mental health and substance abuse assessments are provided by the Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Program to any youth who may be interested. DAASP and MHJJ partner to provide structured Outdoor Adventure and Job Mentoring for structured summer programming to participants.
MHJJ and DAASP can only be accessed by referral from the Probation Department or Family Court system.