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Intensive probation is designed to maintain high risk delinquents in their community in lieu of residential care, while safeguarding the community as much as possible. Caseload size is limited to 15. A team approach, including paid paraprofessional intern monitors, assures frequency and intensity of contacts. Special tools have been designed to give probation staff the repertoire of responses needed to work with this high risk population.

Youngsters placed on intensive probation either have the offense history or the level of dysfunction to a point where they would have been placed out of the home had it not been for this program. Often, consent probation or standard probation failures will be tried on intensive probation.

A youth placed on intensive probation can expect to receive at least the following services:

  1. One face-to-face interview within five days after disposition to insure understanding of the court's expectations and establish time lines for compliance with order.
  2. Explanation of Youth Community Service and/or restitution requirements and a list of sites for completing assignment, as well as explanation of court costs, etc.
  3. Referral of parent to the court clinic parent guidance program (C.H.O.I.C.E.).
  4. Referral of youth to the court clinic adolescent group or other therapy programs if appropriate.
  5. Contacts with caseworker and intern as follows:

Phase I (30 days)
Caseworker:
   *Two face-to-face interviews per week
Intern:
   *Two face-to-face interviews per week
   *Random checks of whereabouts at night, on weekends, at school

Phase II (60 days)
Caseworker:
  *Two face-to-face interviews per week
Intern:
  *Two face-to-face interviews per week
  *Random checks of whereabouts at night, on weekends, at school

Phase III (60-90 days)
Caseworker:
   *Two face-to-face interviews per
Intern:
   *Two face-to-face interviews per week 
   *Random checks of whereabouts at night, on weekends, at school

Phase IV (30 days)
Caseworker:
   *One face-to-face interview per week
Intern:
   *One face-to-face interview per week