The Community Programs Division is responsible for all DJJ court and community-based services to youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system in 32 judicial districts throughout the Commonwealth. The Division provides a continuum of community-based interventions to youth and families through various partnerships with localities, non-profits and private entities. It includes centralized services including an administrative office, a practice improvement and funding support unit, and a reentry unit. Thirty-two of the 34 Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts are supported by a DJJ Court Service Unit (CSU), which provides an array of services ranging from intake, diversion, probation, parole.
Valerie Boykin, Deputy Director of Community Programs, Division staff and local teams coordinate services through the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA) as well as the Comprehensive Services Act in each locality.
The Community Programs Division is composed of:
- Regional Program Managers – DJJ’s five regions [Click HERE for map] are overseen by five regional program managers. The managers supervise the Court Service Unit directors and provide guidance to localities regarding VJCCCA Plans along with other local juvenile justice initiatives. They also lead policy development and the introduction of special initiatives for the department.
- Court Service Units – CSUs are locally or state-operated entities that provide services to youth and families.
- Community-Based Services & Funding, Practice Improvement and Reform – Beth Stinnett, Program Manager, and her team of program specialists work with the CSUs to improve practices, including the introduction and coaching fidelity for evidence-based assessments, case planning and intervention activities. The unit also oversees over $14 million in community-based services for youth receiving services through DJJ contact and VJCCCA services. Through patient education, individual therapy, and medical interventions, residents return to the community in an overall improved state of health.
- Reentry Unit – Reentry is the transition of a person from DJJ commitment back to the community. Ashaki McNeil oversees DJJ’s reentry unit which provides guidance and support to the CSUs and the juvenile correctional centers regarding best practice reentry planning, access to partner agency services and family engagement.