The 31st Court Service Unit provides domestic and delinquent intake services, juvenile probation, and parole services to the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and Prince William County (PWC). We partner with the Prince William County Office of Dispute Resolution to provide court-ordered mediation and restorative justice services and the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task force to provide gang intervention prevention and education services.
In addition to regular intake, probation and parole services, our CSU also provides the following:
PWC Intensive Supervision Services --Provides crisis intervention, life skills and other services to ensure compliance with court orders. The program also provides a truancy intervention program for cases referred by intake and the juvenile court.
DJJ Mental Health Therapist --The therapist provides clinical services to youth with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
Court Psychologist Associate --Our associate provides services including the administration of, and scoring and interpretation of, psychological and behavioral tests, reporting on findings and making recommendations for treatment plans.
Sex Offender Program --This program is a collaborative community intervention designed to address unique and varying supervision and treatment needs of court-referred juvenile sex offenders. Based on the Best Practices Model, it prioritizes public safety and incorporates the latest evaluation tools, treatment methodologies and behavioral management based on current research.
Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT) --The GRIT program brings together key public officials and community leaders from Prince William County, the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and the 31st Judicial District, who can advise on and promote the coordination of, and encourage a collaborative community-based response to, the region's gang prevention and intervention efforts.
For youth on probation and parole, court service unit staff have access to a variety of contracted services including assessments and evaluations, individual therapy, family therapy, substance abuse treatment, therapy for youth with sexualized behaviors, and life skills coaching. CSUs access these services through DJJ's contracted regional service coordinators. A directory of services available through DJJ's RSC Model is available at: http://vamap.evidencebasedassociates.com/csu.php?CSU31
In recognition of the tremendous resource a non salary volunteer staff can represent and the Juvenile Justice experience the Court Service Unit can provide an individual the Court Service Unit provides a Volunteer Program in an effort to maximize these two concepts to the best interest of all concerned. The program offers opportunities in most areas of our operation; however our most frequently requested volunteer positions include Probation Officer Interns/Volunteers and Court Desk Volunteers. For Probation Officer Interns/Volunteers, we provide extensive training and in depth “hands-on” experiences in working with youth and their families, who are under the auspices of Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Our volunteers are sworn in by Judges and paired with experienced officers to learn the important aspects of being a Juvenile Probation Officer. We offer placements for both undergraduate and graduate students with colleges and universities in and outside the state of Virginia for both academic credit and/or valuable work experience.
Other volunteer opportunities include clerical support, transportation, language translation, Drug Court, assistance with groups, and numerous other areas.
Our volunteers can work from once a month to everyday…days, nights and weekends. Note - for Probation Officer interns/volunteers we request a minimum of 16-24 hours a week.
The 31st District Court Service Unit is always looking for energetic people interested in working with youth and their families in the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and County of Prince William, Virginia. The main office is located in Manassas, VA and a branch office in the Ferlazzo Complex in Woodbridge, VA. Volunteers can choose either location in which to work.
Please note - all volunteers attend a general orientation and then additional training to meet the individual needs of the each. ALL of our volunteers must pass an interview, Central Registry check, FBI, Criminal history check and a DMV check.
For additional information:
Valerie L. Lambert, Volunteer Coordinator
31st District Court Service Unit
9540 Center Street, Suite 200
Manassas, VA 20110