Standard probation represents more of a full-service diagnostic and monitoring plan for the delinquent client. A full social history is collected, including information from schools and other agencies. The caseworker assists in developing and implementing the plan and meets regularly with client and family to assure compliance and to help shape behavior. Staff also serves as liaison and coordinator, and sometimes advocate, with schools, therapists, and others who provide services to the youth and/or family. Staff is responsible for regular feedback to the court and presents the case at the scheduled review hearing. A violation of probation may lead to a more restrictive disposition.
Youngsters authorized on the formal court docket are assigned geographically to a probation officer who is responsible for preparing the case for court and submitting a social history report with recommended disposition. An assigned judge or court referee, upon adjudication, enters the probation order, if appropriate.
A youth placed on standard probation can expect to receive at least the following services:
Family interview to collect social history information for a report to court.
Opportunity to review the plan and caseworker's recommendations.
One face-to-face interview within ten days after disposition to insure understanding of court orders and get signature on rules of probation.
Explanation of Youth Community Service and/or restitution requirements and a list of sites for completing assignment, as well as explanation of court costs.
Information and referral list for counseling, if part of the order.
Twice monthly face-to-face interviews with caseworker to review progress/confirm compliance with court order. NOTE: Frequency of interviews may increase or decrease if caseworker and caseworker's supervisor determine appropriate.
Regular checks by caseworker with parents, agency personnel, school authority, to assure progress.
Written documentation of progress filed with the court.