When children get in trouble with the law, either by acting out or by using illegal substances, detention is frequently not the best option to rehabilitate them. JCCA works to keep young people from being incarcerated, because we believe that this can have a significantly negative impact. Our Journey program is an intensive, short-term alternative to juvenile justice placement. The Journey program works with children to address mental health and substance abuse issues that precipitated the behavior that put youth at risk of juvenile justice placement. Activities for youth are designed to promote positive alternatives and encourage skill development. Services are provided in partnership with and on site at the Department of Probation.
The JCCA Journey Program builds on families’ strengths to equip and empower them to manage their children on their own, within their community. The Journey Program addresses mental health and substance abuse issues that precipitated the behavior that put youth at risk of juvenile justice placement.
The Journey Program is funded by the Office of Children and Family Services, and is sponsored by the New York City Department of Probation in collaboration with JCCA. Probation Officers make the referrals to the Journey Program once the Department of Probation and the Kings Family Court judge determine that the youth is appropriate for the program. Journey staff are always available to come to Brooklyn Family Court or the Department of Probation to meet with Probation Department staff, the youth and family members to determine what Journey services are needed to maintain the youth in the community.