Provides intake, probation, parole, assessment and referral services for the Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and the Portsmouth community. CSU supervisors and assigned intake, probation, and parole officers in each of the three juvenile courts provide daily docket coverage.
Referral coordination occurs in conjunction with intake, probation, parole, and in response to the court; depending on the needs identified by the probation officers and the judges. The Tidewater Youth Services Commission and the Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court volunteer organization provide for most referral resources for juvenile delinquency matters. The Juvenile Conference Committee, under the authority of the Commission, provides a voluntary sanction utilizing a trained citizen panel that affords the youth an opportunity to avoid a court hearing and disposition; upon successful completion of the program. Additionally, the Commission provides in-home and group home resources. A limited number of youths receive services funded by the Comprehensive Services Act through the local Family Assessment and Planning Team. The Friends volunteer organization coordinates the community-service work sanctions for the court and the CSU and provides programs in response to juvenile and domestic matters. The Portsmouth’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare Services provides a part-time counselor for mental health counseling with youth and families.