Programs and Services


Detention, Court Detention and Waiting Placement   

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Pre-adjudicated juvenile offenders, youth held on probation violations awaiting a court appearance, or youth waiting to transfer to another placement (i.e: foster care or a treatment facility). These youth are housed in the STC pod with other youth that are on a contract program. Detention, court detention, waiting placement youth receive all the same rights and privileges of contract youth. Each youth will attend school Monday – Friday and receive recreation, visitation and church throughout the week.

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Weekend Program   

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Youth who come in on this program often arrive between 6-7pm on Friday and are released on Sunday at the same time. Please be cognizant of the specific arrival time given by ACS staff or your son’s probation officer. We will not allow youth in early, if we have other youth arriving that were scheduled for that time. Please remember to accompany your child into the building and provide any insurance information at this time. Youth on weekend programs complete straight room time, with the exception of three breaks throughout the day as well as a shower. Weekend programs should not bring their own clothing as they will be provided with ACS clothing for their length of stay.

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10/5 Program   

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This program consists of your child being placed for 10 days at ACS with an option to earn "good days." For each "good day" completed, youth will have one day subtracted from his 10-day stay. Therefore, youth could be released from the program within five days. A "good day" consists of a day in which youth is not involved in a program violation, completes all his schoolwork and contract obligations for that day. Youth enrolled in school are required to complete five (5) days of schoolwork during their stay. Arrival time for 10/5 programs is usually set for Sunday night between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please be cognizant of the specific arrival time given by ACS staff or your son’s probation officer. We will not allow youth in early, if we have other youth arriving that were scheduled for that time. Please remember to accompany your child into the building and provide an insurance card at this time. If everything goes well, your child may depart the following Friday night between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. It is suggested that a call be made to ACS to verify the release date.

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Short Term 30/15, 60/30, 90/60, 120/60, 180/90 Program   

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The Short Term Treatment Program is primarily based on the therapeutic modality of cognitive/behavioral therapy and utilizes a “treatment contract.” The treatment contract outlines what is expected the youth and includes both individual and group assignments. Each youth must “earn” days in the program to successfully complete his court ordered program. For example, a youth ordered on a 60/30 program has 60 days in which to earn 30 “good days.” Typically days are not earned when youth do not complete assignments or tasks, or fail to fulfill their obligations for group functioning. Since the program is based on group process, inappropriate behavior of others may also result in failure to earn a "good day". Though this is relatively rare, the purpose is to both increase the level of group members investment with one another along with the understanding of how one persons behavior impacts others. All such interventions are processed with the group and individuals involved. Short Term Treatment youth will complete assignments throughout their contract that identify with the negative behaviors and criminal thinking. In order to earn their days, youth are expected to be honest on their assignments and be prepared to be challenged on the distortions.

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Long Term Group Residential  

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Youth ordered to the Long Term program are those who have been adjudicated of a felony criminal offense and have a history of other adjudications and/or inappropriate behaviors. Average length of stay for the Long Term program varies 4-13 months. His willingness to work on his problems and completion of his treatment goals will determine his length of stay. Youth will receive a length of stay with minimum and maximum release dates at their initial staffing.  Based on collateral information, an individual plan will be developed which will address his high risk factors and criminogenic needs. From there, specific goals, objectives, and assignments will be established. Residents should expect a group program in a positive peer atmosphere. A full day school programming and regular group counseling are two components of the program. Basic living skills, alternative ways of dealing with life situations, and correcting distortion in thinking are incorporated into daily functioning. The resident should be prepared for a structured environment that disciplines disrespect towards staff and group members.

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Sex Specific Program (SSP)   

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The Sex Specific Program is designed for youth who have committed a sexual offense(s). The Anoka County Juvenile Center's Correctional Programs contract with Michael O’Brien who is a licensed psychologist that has worked with sexual offenders and their families for over twenty years. Youth in the Sex Specific Program are typically between the ages of 14 and 18 and either are not seen as good candidates for outpatient or inpatient non-secure treatment, or have failed at these placements. The program incorporates a systems approach where the family is seen as an essential component in the youth’s change process. Accountability, ownership for their offense, victim empathy, learning to control offending patterns, working through any of the youth's own victimization history, and healthy sexual expression are fundamental elements of the program. Emphasis is placed on responsibility for choices, awareness of sexual thoughts and feelings, the impact of family of origin, and the need to make necessary changes in how the youth operate in relationship to others. As part of his treatment work, youth are required to complete a minimum of twelve specific assignments including an autobiography, offense story, sexual history, family of origin, ingredients which contributed to sexual offense, victim empathy letter or role play, apology letter or role play to victim(s), and a re-offense/support plan.

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