• By Albert Depew


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Carson City Department of Juvenile Services

Intervention/Prevention Programs

Non-Court and Court Involved Youth



School Resource Officers Program

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is committed to supporting safe schools where students can learn and teachers can educate by providing a variety of resources, including grant funds to help deploy school resource officers (SROs). The central mission of this partnership is student success.

Parent Project

This program is an activity based curriculum designed to empower parents with the skills necessary to transform adolescent destructive behavior and to teach behavior management techniques. There is no cost to parents to complete this program and all materials necessary to complete the course are provided.

Entrepreneur Mentorship Program

Our department has embraced the concept of entrepreneurship education as a cornerstone of probation programming. The goal of this program is to have better relationships with family and community in perpetuity.

Play by the Rules

This is a program to teach law to youth to develop their sense of civic responsibility.

Co-Occurring Groups

This program is for juveniles with co-occurring disorders. The groups offer a support network for individuals who suffer from mental illness as well as addiction issues. In facilities that emphasize treatment for co-occurring disorders, staff members have specialized training and qualifications in dual diagnosis treatment. These addiction specialists understand that juveniles with co-occurring disorders face certain challenges because of their mental illness.  

Mental Health Diversion Program

This program offers eligible offenders a treatment option through diversion. The mission of the Mental Health Diversion Program is to identify mentally impaired offenders and divert them from the Juvenile Justice System and into appropriate rehabilitative alternatives with trained mental health clinicians.

Forward Thinking

This series consists of 9 workbooks which use evidence based strategies to assist youth involved with the Criminal Justice System in making positive changes to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The probation department offers groups for 5 of the 9 journals. The youth start with the “What Got Me Here” workbook and progress through the series utilizing workbooks appropriate to their situation. The workbooks used include: What Got Me Here, Substance Abuse, Responsible Behavior, Individual Change Plan, Family, Handling Difficult Feelings, Relationships and Communication, Victim Awareness, and Reentry Planning.


 A summer program designed to work with high-risk youths in an intensive and structured manner. The Goal is to incorporate a healthy and active lifestyle, while incorporating Forward Thinking, Character Counts, and ropes course activities. In addition the juveniles will be shown an alternative to the high risk behaviors they have been engaging in.

Ropes Course

The newly constructed Ropes Course is located in the recreation yard at the Murphy-Bernidini Juvenile Justice Center. It was designed to address trust building, leadership skills, and confidence building. The goal is to implement the use of the ropes course with the juveniles in custody and with the juveniles in the community through the various programs we provide.

Out-Patient Drug and Alcohol services

All aspects of healthy living are incorporated into an individual treatment plan constructed and designed for each client.
A variety of helpful services are available for you and your family. We have many programs which are designed to aid in prevention and treatment.

Walk-In and Crisis Intervention

Families needing immediate family or youth intervention can call or walk-in to set an appointment with the on-call probation staff (usually that day or the next) in hopes of offering immediate family support.

Community Service

Offenders provide a variety of services in Carson City thus saving thousands to the taxpayers. These services include cleaning of parks, youth athletic fields, schools, public buildings, and special requests from time to time.

Alcohol and Drug Education program (A.D.E.P.)

This is a mandatory first time drug/alcohol offender program where parental participation is required. This is an educational program aimed at informing both youth and parents the legal and physical consequences of continued drug/alcohol use.

Drug Testing

Those youth who have a documented history of drug use/abuse and are court ordered to be drug tested. These youth are constantly monitored for potential drug use to insure compliance of court orders.

Electronic Monitoring/GPS

Many youth require different levels of supervision depending on their risk. Often electronic devices help in monitoring our highest risk offenders while providing additional safety for the public.


Making victims whole is paramount in out day to day dealing with offenders. Whenever possible, restitution is collected and given back to victims of juvenile crime. There are limits as younger juveniles do not have access to jobs. In those cases we can assist in informing victims how to collect restitution through civil court proceedings.

Public Safety

Court supervision not only monitors compliance with probation orders, but also provides an additional means of providing public safety.

Juvenile Drug Court
See Juvenile Drug Court

Girls Circle

A structured support group for girls from 9-18 years which integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths and competence in girls. Also, offered under the model is Mother-Daughter Circle, for mothers or female caregivers and their daughters.

Boys Council

A strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives - individually and collectively! 

Character Counts

Character Counts is the nation’s most widely used framework for character development. It is centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character. Character Counts was founded by the Josephson Institute in 1992. It has since spread throughout the world as a valuable tool to teach character to youth and adults.

Western Nevada Regional Youth Center

Residential drug/alcohol treatment is available to those who require a higher level of care. This facility provides a wide variety of services for our youth in hopes of preparing them to function in society with minimum supervision and also provides them with the necessary tools to help them with their issues of drug/alcohol or other deficiencies.

China Springs Youth Camp/Aurora Pines Girls Facility
Residential services for those youth who require full time supervision. Many of these are our highest risk youth who have failed probation services. Youth who participated are generally placed for a period of 4-6 months then placed back in the community under court supervision.