Residential Community Homes
Albert Elias Residential Community Home is a 20-bed residential program located in Mercer County that is designed to serve younger male juvenile offenders. The majority of the residents at the Albert Elias Program range from 13 to 16 years of age.
The program intercedes in the emotional, social and academic areas of the juveniles' lives through individual treatment plans that address their specific weaknesses. Juveniles attend educational classes at Central Prep, the Commission's regional high school.
The facility has an extensive multimedia program where young people are taught marketable skills such as filming and editing. Juveniles use these skills to prepare video presentations for special Commission projects.
Residents participate in several wilderness activities, including a high ropes course, which are designed to help them improve their decision making skills, increase their self confidence and encourage teamwork. This program gives residents a unique opportunity to learn about man's interaction with nature and wildlife.
The program is located on the estate of Charles Lindbergh, the site of the infamous "Lindbergh baby" kidnapping. With such a history, there are consistent requests for tours. The students are utilized as tour guides after completing a training on the building's history. The youth are also responsible for the historic maintenance of the house that the Lindbergh family deeded to the State of New Jersey.
The Camden Community Service Center can accommodate a total of 50 male juveniles.
The program provides a variety of services that help residents develop into law-abiding members of their community. Juveniles are taught skills that enable them to improve their decision-making ability and increases their self esteem.
The Juvenile Justice Commission is committed to providing a continuum of care that prepares juveniles to return to their community at the completion of their sentence. As juveniles demonstrate progress, they are given more responsibility. In order to complete this continuum, the Commission has designated part of this Camden site as a transitional program. A separate ten-bed unit serves paroled youth or those who are completing the final stages of their commitment.
This transitional setting allows juveniles to gain responsibility gradually as the prepare to return to their communities. The transition program addresses the items in each juvenile's aftercare plan and helps each young person adhere to that plan. The transition program maintains a level of flexibility allowing youth to "step-up" to a more restrictive setting or "step-down" to a less restrictive setting as necessary.
The Campus Program serves a distinct population. Up to 40 males identified with serious substance abuse issues are placed at the Campus Program through the Commission's classification process.
The program is designed to promote responsibility and initiative. The Campus Program teaches addicted juveniles to gradually understand the impact of substance abuse on their past behavior, their lives and the lives of those around them.
The Campus Program's vocational component includes a greenhouse facility with seasonal crops and ornamental harvests. The residents cultivate flowers and ornamental trees and distribute them to the City of Blackwood and Camden County, as well as to other interested and needy groups. A building maintenance program includes the study of carpentry, plumbing, electric, painting, dry wall, glass repair and floor maintenance. Small engine repair is also offered. Specialized training is available two nights a week in fitness, electronics, printing, auto repair, auto body and culinary skills through a contract with the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.
The Campus Program coordinates with area schools and other interested agencies to allow some of the young people in the Commission's custody to lead discussion groups regarding the effects of substance abuse.
The Capital Transition is a twenty-four bed residential facility that provides programs and services to help young men transition from a highly structured incarceration environment to a less-structured parole situation.
Ten residents of the program are employed at a warehouse facility operated by the Department of the Treasury in Hamilton. These young men are eighteen years of age or older and have earned their high school diploma or GED. Residents work Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 2:30, as furniture restorers, computer technicians, and general help in the warehouse. Warehouse managers, as well as one The Capital Transition Youth Worker supervise these participants. The The Capital Transition residents are paid for their work. Additionally, residents receive a Certificate of Participation outlining the skills they have learned in support of securing employment in the future.
The remaining fourteen beds are reserved for young men from Mercer County who are transitioning from JJC secure care facilities or community programs back to their homes. They will begin their aftercare experience at The Capital Transition for an average of thirty to forty-five days. Though residing at the facility, the residents will attend a public or private school, secure employment in the community, participate in counseling and/or drug and alcohol treatment (if necessary), and engage in all other aspects of their conditions of parole. In addition, The Capital Transition will provide evening programs addressing practical issues that will support a successful transition, including:
Job Readiness Classes, focusing on important skills such as resume writing, interview skills, appropriate dress and conduct, etc.
Life Skills Programs, including cooking, banking and money management, the tax system, etc.
Juvenile Parole &Transition Services Classes, which will familiarize them with reporting requirements, parole status obligations, curfews, and expectations.
Social Skills Curriculum, including parenting and substance abuse prevention.
Driver’s License Preparation.
College/Distance Learning, when appropriate. When eligible residents can choose to participate in a work/study situation wherein they will pursue college-level education and/or employment in the community and do so without direct supervision of program staff.
House meetings and group counseling.
Individual case planning.
Phoenix Gang Prevention Curriculum.
Residents can participate in Preparation for Independence when eligible, allowing residents to return home for increased lengths of time in order to prepare for their ultimate transition home.
Phillip M. Costello Preparatory Academy officially opened on March 21, 2007. Costello Prep is operated as a partnership between the Juvenile Justice Commission and Project U.S.E., a private, nonprofit education organization.
Project USE has partnered with the Juvenile Justice Commission to create a model program for the care and treatment of juvenile offenders. In addition to programs funded by JJC, Project USE procures funding from philanthropic foundations, corporations, and individuals to support unique, dynamic initiatives. With exceptional leaders and staff, and innovative programming, Costello Prep provides first-class educational training, therapeutic care, and recreational experiences.
Costello Prep offers an understanding environment balanced with a structured treatment program for a maximum of fifty adjudicated young men between the ages of sixteen and nineteen, providing for the academic, social, and therapeutic needs of its residents. Participants are engaged in high school and college level academic pursuits, job skill training, and individual and group counseling. The residents of Costello Prep are also active members of the community and regularly participate in service projects in the local area and throughout New Jersey.
Young men in the program also have the opportunity to participate in adventure-based programming and character development including onsite ropes courses and offsite wilderness activities. These experiences focus on leadership, community building, communication, and other critical life skills that compliment other aspects of their rehabilitation.
Costello Prep prepares residents to return to their communities as positive, contributing members. While at the program, the Juvenile Justice Commission's Office of Juvenile Parole and Transition Services coordinates the needs of these youth to ensure that upon release they return to school, locate employment and/or receive other necessary services.
The D.O.V.E.S Program (Developing Opportunities and Values through Education and Substance Abuse Treatment) opened in July 2000.
The D.O.V.E.S. Program is a residential substance abuse program specifically designed for up to 12 females from ages 13 to 18. The length of stay in the program is generally 6 to 12 months.
The program provides comprehensive individualized care through a treatment team approach that addresses substance abuse and subsequent issues that arise as a result of addiction.
The residents receive a full academic curriculum, vocational training, and recreation opportunities in addition to treatment specifically designed for juveniles with substance abuse issues. The Commission utilizes gender specific programming that is designed to meet the unique needs of the female residents.
All of the Commission's facilities serving female juveniles are located on the Johnstone Campus in Bordentown. This central location allows for a continuum of gender specific services to be shared. While space is currently shared with the Valentine RCH, the unique populations receive separate clinical services. D.O.V.E.S. and Valentine programs are located next door to the Commission's secure institution for juvenile female offenders, the Juvenile Female Secure Care and Intake Facility.
Essex Residential Community Home serves up to 30 male juveniles from age 16 to 18.
In addition to receiving academic instruction, the students are taught carpentry, plumbing, masonry and landscaping by qualified teachers. As part of their vocational instruction, students assist staff cooks in the daily preparation of all meals and learn fundamental culinary and food service skills. The vocational program provides students with marketable skills and training that help them obtain jobs upon their release.
The residents participate in various maintenance projects at the facility including painting, cleaning, buffing floors, stocking supplies and routine upkeep.
Essex RCH actively assists the community by helping to maintain the Community Park on Central Avenue and cleaning local streets and vacant lots through the Fifth Street Block Association. Essex Residential also has a relationship with the Newark Pre-School Council. Through the relationship, juveniles provide building maintenance and grounds keeping at various locations throughout Essex County.
The Fresh Start Residential Community Home is located in Allaire State Park on the rear of the grounds of the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center in Monmouth County. Fresh Start is a specialized program serving 28 juveniles with special needs who range in age from 13 to 18.
Prospective candidates are screened and referred through the Juvenile Justice Commission's classification committee. Priority is given to those youth identified as seriously emotionally disturbed, impaired or otherwise vulnerable within the Commission's other programs and institutions. Those youth placed at the Fresh Start Program have been identified as appropriate for a less restrictive environment.
The mission of this program is to provide treatment for youth with special needs. To best serve each juvenile, a comprehensive assessment is completed to develop strategies to address each young person's strengths and weaknesses.
Academic and vocational classes are held on-site. Community service is regularly conducted at a local nursing home. Residents also assist several community organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Green Residential Community Home is located in rural Passaic County on the grounds of Ringwood State Park. It is a residential facility for younger male juvenile offenders between the ages of 13-16. The center serves a maximum of 32 residents.
The program's goal is to provide a safe, secure, and structured environment where program participants can learn to modify their behaviors and reactions. The staff, acting as role models, instill a sense of espirit de corps, teach realistic goal setting and promote responsible decision making. The residents learn to adapt to change, accept accountability and develop self-discipline.
Through a contract with the Playwright's Theater of New Jersey, residents are instructed in the writing and performance of one-act plays. Performances take place at the Playwright's Theater in Madison, New Jersey.
In addition, residents perform daily community service work on the grounds of Ringwood State Park and Ringwood Manor. The young men of Green RCH also provide assistance to the municipal government, ambulance corps, fire department, a local battered women's shelter and maintain one of the town's main roads through the Adopt-A-Road Program.
Manor Woods Residential Community Home is a community based program for younger males who are between 13 and 15 ½ years of age at the time of admission. Manor Woods serves a maximum of 24 juveniles. The length of stay in the program is approximately six to eight months.
The program provides comprehensive services that give young people tools to help them develop into responsible law-abiding members of the community. Emphasis is placed on lifelong learning, improved self-esteem and good decision making skills.
As a ongoing community service project, juveniles at Manor Woods RCH help with the maintenance of the Atlantic County Park and its nature center through the Juvenile Justice Commission's AmeriCorps Program. Juveniles also sort and distribute food items at the Atlantic County Food Bank.
The program has a unique relationship with the Atlantic City Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. sorority, whose members regularly tutor juveniles at the program. The sorority also assists the Commission with its annual statewide teen summit.
In order to meet the needs of the growing number of youth committed to the Juvenile Justice Commission with serious substance abuse issues, the Ocean Residential Community Home focuses on this special population.
Ocean RCH has the capacity to serve a maximum of 30 males between 16 and 18 years of age. The program promotes responsibility among young people for their shared living space, environment, and fellow man.
Ocean RCH provides an atmosphere for juveniles to learn and understand the impact of substance abuse on their past behavior, their lives and the lives of those around them. The program maintains a philosophy that encourages sound decision making and holds residents accountable for their decisions.
An on-site greenhouse and tree nursery provide the students with hands-on experience in horticulture and landscaping. Ocean RCH has plans to expand its vocational program to include graphic arts and career readiness.
Four days a week, students participate in a Cooperative Construction Trades Program at Allaire State Park. This joint effort among the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Division of Parks and Forests, and the Monmouth County Vocational School District offers students basic knowledge in carpentry while providing services for state parks and beaches.
Pinelands Residential Community Home provides residential treatment for 18 adolescent male sex offenders. The residents are between the ages of 14 and 17.6 at the time of entry to the program. Juveniles placed in the Pinelands Program are on a 3-year term of probation -- a minimum of 18 months for the residential phase of their treatment followed by 18 months of court-ordered aftercare supervision.
The safety of residents and the community is a priority. Each juvenile's history and behavior are thoroughly examined during the classification process before he is accepted to this program.
The program is committed to the treatment and education of this special population by trained staff who are aware of the specific needs of these juveniles. An emphasis is placed on accepting responsibility for one's actions, developing a true sense of empathy for victims, and relapse prevention.
The vocational program at Pinelands includes an on-site building trades instructor who specializes in woodworking and carpentry. The program also offers a wilderness experience that helps residents develop leadership and team building skills.
Southern Residential Community Home serves a maximum of 34 male juveniles who are between the ages of 15 and 19 at the time of admission. The program focuses on the five key principles of respect, responsibility, accountability, determination and good decision making.
Southern RCH pursues academic growth, increased emotional maturity and improved social behavior.
In addition to the educational curriculum, instruction in building maintenance is offered through an agreement with the Atlantic County Vocational School. In addition, horticulture is a year-round activity under the supervision of a certified teacher.
Community service projects include the Adopt-a-Road/Circle Program through which juveniles maintain the Cardiff Circle and Mill Road in Absecon. Additional projects include grounds keeping at local nursing homes and horticultural work at various county sites.
The Valentine Residential Community Home formerly known as Florence Crittenton Residential Group Center was established on October 28, 1991 as the Juvenile Justice Commission's first community based treatment facility for female juvenile offenders.
All of the Commission's facilities that serve female juveniles are located on the Johnstone Campus in Bordentown. This central location allows for a continuum of gender specific services to be shared. The D.O.V.E.S. Program, which is designed specifically for adjudicated females who are chemically dependant, shares the same building, however, the two unique populations receive separate clinical services. The Valentine and D.O.V.E.S. programs are located next door to the Commission's secure institution for juvenile female offenders, the Juvenile Female Secure Care and Intake Facility.
The Valentine RCH provides female juveniles with comprehensive services utilizing a treatment team approach. Females are provided with an initial assessment to identify the appropriate level of care. Residents participate in individual and group counseling, a full academic program, vocational training, and recreation opportunities.
Many female juveniles come to the Commission with a myriad of personal issues that have contributed to their delinquency. Valentine RCH strives to empower young women to become self reliant, confident, and well-rounded individuals. The Commission utilizes gender specific programming that is designed to meet the unique needs of female residents.
The program serves a maximum of twelve females between the ages of 14 and 18. After renovations to the building are complete, the Valentine Residential Community Home will service up to 18 residents.
Voorhees Residential Community Home is located in Hunterdon County and serves a maximum of 27 residents. The youth at Voorhees RCH range in age from 15 to 18 years.
In addition to classroom studies, the center provides vocational opportunities including carpentry, greenhouse management, landscaping, plumbing, and masonry.
The students at Voorhees Residential participate in various activities within the community. The students routinely assist the Borough of High Bridge, Deer Path YMCA and Camp Carr. Most of the tasks involve utilizing the landscaping and carpentry skills that students learn through their vocational assignments.
The program's Pre-Apprentice Program allows 12 selected students to learn carpentry skills through hands on education that is supported by traditional classroom assignments. The program is a cooperative effort between the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Education and includes various projects within State Parks. Juveniles are currently renovating the outdoor amphitheater at Washington's Crossing State Park. Students who complete the program are encouraged to enter a vocational school or seek employment in the construction field.
Warren Residential Community Home is located in Warren County and has a maximum capacity of 34 residents. The youths placed at Warren Residential range in age from 16 to 18.
The program is designed to intercede in the emotional, social and academic areas of each juvenile's life through individual treatment plans.
In addition to the regular academic program, culinary/food service, auto mechanics, carpentry, and biology are offered at Warren County Community College.
Residents at Warren RCH participate in various service projects throughout the local community. Projects include maintenance at the local Boy Scout Camp, cleaning and sorting toys for local charities, and working with a local elementary school teaching students to use the team building skills that they have acquired.