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  Mental Health
  As the number of juveniles in the justice system nationwide identified as seriously emotionally disturbed increases, the Commission has responded. The Commission's Ocean Residential Community Home is specifically targeted for the treatment of 20 male juveniles with serious emotional disorders and special needs. In addition, the Commission operates a 24-bed program for juveniles with serious mental health problems necessitating secure treatment on the grounds of the New Jersey Training School.
  Juvenile Sex Offenders
  The JJC provides sex offense-specific treatment in all secure facilities and the Pinelands Residential Community Home, an 18-bed, residential treatment program for males between the ages of 14-18 with a history of sex offenses.  Through a Second Chance Act Juvenile Demonstration grant, the JJC has enhanced its reentry services for male and female youth with sex offenses who were released on parole and or are on probation status by:
  • Procuring sex offense-specific treatment
  • Providing training for clinicians to treat sexually abusive youth
  • Increasing individualized services
  • Increasing employment and career opportunities
  Substance Abuse
  The JJC has implemented a comprehensive system of substance abuse assessment for juveniles sentenced to its custody. Preliminary data from these assessments has confirmed the prevalence of substance abuse problems among sentenced youth. In response, the JJC has taken steps to expand and improve its substance abuse treatment services.
  In addition to a secure substance abuse treatment unit located on the grounds of the New Jersey Training School serving 52 males, the Commission has three residential group centers that serve male substance abusers, Warren RCH, Vineland Prep and Costello RCH. Residents participate in the New Freedoms Curriculum to help break their addiction and remain substance free. The New Freedoms curriculum is an evidenced –based, cognitive-behavioral curriculum works with the resident’s thinking patterns in order to affect future behavior.   The residents are objectively assessed at intake with a tool that was developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) which assesses criminogenic risks and needs.  Residents are assessed every five lessons with the Change Talk Tool which measures each resident’s level based on the stages of pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, and action. 
  Agresssion Replacement Training (ART)
  The JJC utilizes Aggression Replacement Training (ART) which focuses on the underlying philosophy that every act of adolescent aggression, whether in school, at home, or in the community, has both external and internal causes.  ART is an evidenced-based cognitive behavior intervention that consists of three components:

Anger Control teaches participants what triggers their anger and how to control their reactions.

Behavioral Skills provides a series of pro-social skills through modeling, role-playing, and performance feedback. 

Moral Reasoning encourages participants to work through cognitive conflict in discussion groups and tests youth to use what they learn in class in life situations.  

ART is provided at all  JJC residential community homes and secure care facilities. More intense dosages of the curriculum are provided for residents in the JJC’s Behavioral Adjustment Units. At the conclusion of the 12 week anger control section, family members are invited to attend a graduation ceremony, while the instruction on the second two components extends throughout a resident’s stay with the JJC.

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