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6th District Family Resource Center

A division of the Bannock County Juvenile Justice Department and the 6th District Courts

The purpose of the Family Resource Center is to prevent and divert youth from entering the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The center will offer a single point of contact to screen the individual to identify the underlying issues contributing to the concerning behavior and then help the child and their family access the appropriate resources they need.

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130 North 6th Avenue
Pocatello ID, 83201

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What is the Family Resource Center?

The Family Resource Center, which has not been officially named, is also known as a “Safe Teen Assessment Center.”

Assessment Centers aim to prevent and divert youth from juvenile justice and child welfare systems through a single point of contact that identifies underlying issues contributing to concerning behavior and partners with youth and families to access individualized services and/or resources. This occurs by means of intervention in schools, at point of or after arrest, at the request of parents/caregivers, or through partnerships with other community stakeholders.

Through in-depth interviews and validated screening and assessment tools, centers work to understand the barriers youth and families are experiencing at home, school, or in the community.  Following assessment, Centers partner with the youth and family to access individualized resources and services to help overcome barriers and, ultimately, create a stable environment where they can thrive.  When appropriate, centers coordinate with educational, social service, and justice agencies to provide a holistic view of the family’s and youth’s strengths and needs.

What are the funding methods for this center?

The Idaho Legislature and Governor approved allocating $6.5 million in FY23 to implement eight new Safe Teen Assessment Centers across the state through grant funding. The investment was recommended by the Idaho Behavioral Health Council. 

In June 2022, the Bannock County Juvenile Justice Department was awarded a $1.28 million Safe Teen Assessment Center grant from the Idaho Department of Juvenile Justice.

The grant will cover the cost of certain training, screening tools, technology and software, furniture, and the implementation of a data system to monitor intake demographics. The grant is written to ensure the center is sustainable based on the current resources available in the community.

Bannock County will be responsible for funding utilities and maintenance of the Center. Upon completion of the first year of operation, counties in District 6 and School District 25 may offer funding for screening tools and data systems.

Where will the Family Resource Center be located?

The Family Resource Center will be located at 130 N. 6th Avenue in Pocatello.

The site has been used as an additional parking lot for the public to access the courthouse and for Bannock County employees.

Satellite offices will be established in surrounding counties to ensure equal access for rural families.

Who was hired to design and build the facility?

The Bannock County Procurement Department facilitated the open bidding process by inviting licensed architects and Construction Managers/General Contractors to submit qualifications for evaluation. The County then entered into contract negotiations with the company that received the highest qualification scores. 

Architect: Booth Architecture of Pocatello

Construction Manager/General Contractor: Headwaters Construction Company of Teton Valley

What is the timeline for construction?

Planning and implementation efforts began on July 1, 2022. Construction began on {DATE} with the goal for the facility to be operational on or before July 1, 2023.

What is the difference between a Tier 1 and a Tier 2 Assessment Center?

Tier 1 Assessment Centers conduct screenings only and refer out for further assessment. Tier 2 Assessment Centers conduct both screenings and assessments.

District 6’s Family Resource Center will be a Tier 1 but is being designed to allow for future growth to a Tier 2.

Whom will the Center serve?

The Family Resource Center will serve children and teens aged 6 through 17 who live within the 6th Judicial District: Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties as well as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Will the center be accessible for rural counties?

Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties will have satellite locations for telehealth communication.

What is a “screening?”

Screening is a structured, formal, validated process to determine which youths warrant immediate attention and intervention and which may need more comprehensive assessment. Screenings evaluate for the possible presence of a problem but do not diagnose or determine the severity of need, risk, or diagnosis.

 Screenings take 15-20 minutes and are performed prior to court by the Intake and Diversion Unit Staff in the D6 Juvenile Justice Department. The information gathered from screenings allows {WHO?} to identify appropriate recommendations for levels of supervision and resources.

In Bannock County, youth are screened using the Juvenile Inventory for Functioning (JIFF) Interviewer. Learn more about the JIFF by clicking here.

What is an “assessment?”

An assessment is a comprehensive and individualized examination of the psychosocial needs and problems of an individual, informed by screening, that results in recommendations for treatment, services, or other resources. Assessments generally involve more specialized staff and include multiple sources of information beyond a youth self-report. 

Information gathered from assessments is used to determine appropriate case management plans for juveniles.

 Assessments in District 6 will be performed by private providers.

How will families be referred to the Center?

The referral process for the Family Resouce Center will have 3 pathways:

  1. Walk-in Cases (families requesting general information where no legal referral exists)
  2. Alleged Status Cases (caretakers, guardians, law enforcement, community agencies, school systems)
  3. Alleged Delinquent Cases (law enforcement and juvenile prosecuting attorney)
Will the Family Resource Center duplicate resources and services already available in the community?

No. In fact, the Family Resource Center is expected to reduce the duplication of services.

Many of the children who are referred to the Juvenile Justice System have been or are involved in Child Protection Services, Children’s Mental Health, or other community providers, making it difficult for families to juggle the multiple systems. This can also mean services are being duplicated as resources overlap.

When a youth is struggling, and behavior becomes a concern, our communities often send them directly to service providers who operate independently and within silos. There is little knowledge of other resources and services youth and families are or have been involved with and, in turn, youth and families end up entering the same services and systems repeatedly and experience “service fatigue.” 

The Family Resource Center will provide an opportunity for communities to screen, assess, and understand underlying issues contributing to behaviors in order to provide meaningful connections to services and supports. A single point of contact integrates prevention and early intervention activities with youth and families, the community, local police, juvenile justice, child welfare agencies, schools, and service providers.

Community Partnerships

“The challenges the youth experienced 15 years ago during my time as a school resource officer has increased exponentially. As law enforcement interacts with our youth, the Assessment Center will provide more options for us to guide the juvenile toward meaningful local services and support. This doesn’t necessarily remove the accountability of their actions, but hopefully leads to an understanding of the root cause of their decision-making.”

Tony Manu

Bannock County Sheriff

Pocatello / Chubbuck School District No. 25

The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District is committed to maximizing student learning.  The District has a solid reputation for providing quality education in grades K – 12, as well as nationally-recognized adult/community education classes.  Winner of the “What Parents Want Award” for nine years straight, the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District is a parent-friendly educational environment.

Administrative Offices:
3115 Poleline Road
(208) 232-3563

Marsh Valley Joint School District No. 21

Marsh Valley Joint School District No. 21 is located in South Bannock County, and is comprised of the following communities: Arimo, Downey, Garden Creek, Inkom, Lava Hot Springs, McCammon, Swan Lake and Virginia.

The District has four elementary schools, housing grades K-6 with district wide pre-school programs and developmental kindergarten programs.  The District also provides services for a comprehensive special education program.  All of our schools and programs are fully accredited.

The mission of Marsh Valley Joint School District No. 21 is to create an effective and efficient learning environment where students can develop life-long learning skills to become responsible, self motivated, confident citizens with an appreciation for others in a changing world.

Administrative Offices:
40 School Street
Arimo, Idaho 83214
(208) 254-3306

Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections

Official State of Idaho Depart of Juvenile Corrections Website
Program, Library & Forms

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Our mission is to promote and protect the health and safety of all Idahoans.  From birth throughout life, we can help enrich and protect the lives of the people of our state.

We offer programs that deal with complex social, economic and individual issues.  They range from Medicaid to Food Stamps, Child Protection to Disease Prevention.  Last year, we helped almost 340,000 people in our state, one out of every four Idahoans.

Idaho Kids Count

Idaho Kids Count is a nonprofit organization engaging citizens and policy makers in a non-partisan, research-based discussions of strategies to improve childhood outcomes.

Idaho Kids Count, launched in 1994 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a program of the Mountain States Group a 501(c)3 community resource organization.

Helpful Information and Links

Post a Bond for someone at the Sheriff’s Office or call 208-236-7111.

Juvenile Justice

Physical Address
Bannock County Juvenile Court
137 South 5th Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83201

Mailing Address
Bannock County Juvenile Court
624 East Center Room #220
Pocatello, ID 83201

Telephone Numbers
(208) 234-1087 – (208) 234-1088

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Mission

Our mission to the community of Bannock County is to protect its citizens from juvenile crime. We will strive to accomplish this by assisting families in developing skills that will enable them to be productive and responsible members of society, and holding youth under our responsibility accountable for their actions.

Bannock County Courthouse

624 East Center
Pocatello, Idaho 83201

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