The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) Community Based Services Division is comprised of several subdivisions:
Program Managers and Administrators
Juvenile Services Unit and Field Operations
Community Based Youth Services
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Federal Funding Unit.
Administrators and Program Managers provide program development, consultation, as well as contract reviews and monitoring to ensure all contractors and providers are within contractual mandates and requirements. Programming, oversight and monitoring responsibilities include the Placement Unit, OJJDP and Federal Funding, Community Based Group Homes, Juvenile Detention Centers, Secure Transportation, and County Jail Inspections. OJA partners with various agencies and providers to collaborate on how to most effectively and efficiently serve the youth and families of Oklahoma.
The Placement Unit is responsible for authorizing and ensuring the appropriate placement of all youth newly committed or recommitted to the custody of OJA by statewide district courts or those custody youth requiring a change of placement.
An appropriate placement is considered one which best meets the treatment needs of the youth while affording adequate protection of the public, utilization of the least restrictive mandates and when possible, is in the closest proximity to the youth’s home. Placement possibilities include: therapeutic foster care, specialized community home, group homes or secure care treatment facilities.
- Community Based Group Homes
OJA currently contracts with twelve (12) group homes for a total of 204 beds across the State. The length of stay (LOS) can be up to seven (7) months. These group homes provide a highly structured environment where OJA custody youth receive treatment, education, medical care, recreation, independent living and social skills. Crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day in these staff secure group homes. Several group homes specialize in different areas such as CareerTech programming, problematic sexual behavior treatment and mental health issues.
- Juvenile Detention Centers
OJA contracts with county commissioners for secure detention services and adheres to the State Plan for the Establishment of Juvenile Detention Services. Juvenile detention centers can house youth upon initial arrest, pre-adjudicatory youth awaiting court and those youth pending OJA placement outside the home.
There are currently seventeen (15) detention centers across the state that provide beds for both males and females.