The CAP Unit was established upon the closure of the RDC. The core functions include the receipt and review of all commitment packets as well as the intake, orientation, and evaluation phase of a resident’s direct care admission.
A unit is dedicated at Bon Air for the intake, orientation, and evaluation of residents newly admitted. Evaluations provided include medical, psychological, behavioral, educational/vocational, and sociological. The evaluation process is no longer than three weeks. At the conclusion of the evaluation process, a team of evaluators meet to discuss and identify treatment and mental health needs and determine LOS, classification level, parole plan details, and placement recommendations. Input from the Court Service Unit and Families are beneficial to assist with this process.
Three mandatory treatment needs that may impact a juvenile’s LOS are aggression management, substance abuse, and sex offender. Although treatment needs may be assigned at any time during a commitment, they are originally designated during the evaluation process. A mandatory treatment need is assigned to address behavior directly associated with a juvenile’s criminogenic need area, as identified in the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI). Juveniles assigned mandatory treatment needs may be held until their statutory release date (36 continuous months or 21st birthday) if they do not complete the mandatory treatment. Sex offender treatment can have the greatest impact on the juvenile’s LOS due to the length of the program.
Placement recommendations at the conclusion of the evaluation phase may include referrals to one of our community placement programs (CPPs). In an effort to keep juveniles closer to home in a smaller setting, there are eight programs strategically placed across the state to include Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), Chesapeake JDC, Chesterfield JDC, Merrimac JDC, Rappahannock JDC, Virginia Beach JDC, Lynchburg JDC, and Shenandoah Valley JDC. If a juvenile is eligible for these programs, a referral is submitted through the case management review process and upon approval, transfer is coordinated. The CAP unit maintains case management responsibilities for these juveniles throughout their direct care stay. The CAP unit partners with the CPP programs as a liaison regarding case management and communication with the CSUs as well as provide program oversight and contract compliance. The CPP programs are able to target individual need areas outlined in the juvenile’s CRCP and are able to deliver aggression management and substance abuse services within a juvenile’s length of stay.