A division of the Bannock County Juvenile Justice Department and the 6th District Courts
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What is The Village?
The Village is a “Safe Teen Assessment Center,” which means we provide early intervention services and support for families to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. As an “assessment center,” we use evidence-based, validated screening and assessments to find out the underlying issues contributing to their concerning behavior.
Once we understand the underlying issues, we will direct families to the services and resources they need. “The Village” will provide a single point of contact, screening and assessments, as well as case management for youth and families who would like the support. We collaborate with educational, social service, and justice agencies to provide a holistic view of the family’s strengths and needs to ultimately create a stable environment where the youth can thrive.
Who can use The Village's services?
Our target population is youth aged 6 to 17 and their families who live within the 6th Judicial District: Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties, as well as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
How can I refer my kid/patient to The Village?
We accept self-referrals from parents/guardians, law enforcement, community agencies, schools, and health care providers.
- WALK-IN CASES – Our walk-in hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents, youth, and caregivers are welcome to contact the front desk at 208-417-5020 to schedule a meeting with Village staff or an appointment before or after walk-in hours.
- COMMUNITY REFERRAL – A community referral can be made by contacting the front desk at 208-417-5020 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LAW ENFORCEMENT REFERRAL – Law Enforcement can call 208-235-2316 for after-hours support by asking the Juvenile Detention Center to contact the on-call probation officer. During regular business hours, law enforcement can call the front desk at 208-417-5020 or encourage families to contact us.
What kind of services are available at The Village?
We offer Screenings, Assessments, Clinical Assessments, Case Management, and referrals to local providers for services recommended through clinical assessments.
Do I have to pay for the services my child receives from The Village?
Youths who are cited with status offenses or misdemeanors and diverted from court will have a $100 fee assessed.
Walk-Ins, Community Referrals, or Law Enforcement Referrals without a citation will not be charged for services.
How long can a child be at The Village?
Youth who are brought to the village during or after hours for assistance by law enforcement will remain at The Village for initial screenings and assessments that will help determine proper placement. Proper placements may include parents/caregivers, an appropriate and approved family member, or a crisis bed. The Village does not house kids overnight.
What is a “screening?”
Screenings determine which children warrant immediate attention and intervention and which may need a 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 are used to indicate which Assessment would benefit youth and families.
Screenings typically take 15-20 minutes. The Village uses the Juvenile Inventory of Functioning (JIFF) Interviewer to screen youth. Learn more about the JIFF by clicking here.
What is an “assessment?”
An assessment is a more comprehensive, individualized, and maybe clinical evaluation that will help determine what treatment, services, case management, or other resources would benefit the youth and family. The Village has teamed up with the University of Utah Psychiatric Resident Program to provide psychiatric assessments, recommendations for medication management for the youth and family physician, and case management.
Will my child have a record?
The Bannock County Juvenile Prosecutor does allow The Village to divert youths with certain status offenses and misdemeanor charges. There is a process that we can work through to keep youth from having a record. In the event an attorney is requested, we can accept prevention cases from the court: These cases will have a record. All walk-ins, community, and law enforcement referrals will not have records.
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