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NCJ Number: 68436 Find in a Library
Title: YOUTH ARBITRATION CENTER
Corporate Author: Washington Urban League, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Washington Urban League, Inc
Washington, DC 20010
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT DESCRIBES THE SERVICES, STAFF, AND PLANNED BOUNDARY CHANGES OF THE YOUTH ARBITRATION CENTER (YAC), A DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROJECT PROVIDING COUNSELING AND OTHER SERVICES TO STATUS OFFENDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Abstract: ESTABLISHED BY THE WASHINGTON URBAN LEAGUE IN 1975, YAC WAS FUNDED AS A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT BY LEAA. THE PROJECT OPERATED ON ONE SERVICE AREA OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. UNDER THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGE, THE PROJECT WILL OPERATE IN TWO DISTRICT COURT SERVICE AREAS CREATED BY THE COURT REORGANIZATION. ITS PLANNED FIELD OF OPERATION WILL INCLUDE MUCH OF THE PREVIOUS AREA SERVED. THE UNIT'S MAIN GOAL IS TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE TO JUVENILE COURT PROCESSING FOR STATUS OFFENDERS. PROGRAM COMPONENTS INCLUDE CRISIS INTERVENTION, ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION, FAMILY COUNSELING, EMERGENCY SHELTER CARE, EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER SERVICES. REFERRALS ARE RECEIVED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. REFERRALS MAY COME FROM THE POLICE, SUPERIOR COURT, YAC SATELLITE OFFICES, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND OTHER SOURCES. AN ARREST OR FORMAL PETITION NEED NOT BE THE BASIS FOR REFERRAL TO YAC. ONGOING INSERVICE TRAINING WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL COUNSELORS AND OTHER PROGRAM STAFF. TREATMENT IS GUIDED BY THE PRINCIPLES OF THE YOUTH'S MINORITY AND PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. STAFF INCLUDE A PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SUPERVISOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES, FAMILY COUNSELORS, YOUTH COORDINATORS, EDUCATIONAL SPECIALISTS, COMMUNITY RESOURCE SPECIALIST, AND ARBITER. FUNDS FOR CONTINUED EVALUATION OF YAC, WHICH WAS EVALUATED IN 1976 BY THE BLACK AFFAIRS CENTER, IS REQUESTED. A MAP IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Arbitration; Crisis intervention; District of Columbia; Family counseling; Neighborhood justice centers; Status offender diversion
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