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  Pinelands Residential Community Home
 
  3016 Route 563
Chatsworth, NJ 08019
Interim Superintendent: George Mick
609-518-3080
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  Pinelands Residential Community Home was established in 1981 as a result of a cooperative effort between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth and Family Services to provide residential treatment for juveniles with special needs. In 1986, Pinelands began to specialize in the treatment of juveniles with sex offenses. Pinelands is located on the border of Atlantic County and Burlington County in Chatsworth, NJ.  
  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.  
  Pinelands Residential Community Home provides residential treatment for 18 adolescent male sex offenders. The residents are between the ages of 14 and 18 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 or as a result of a classification assignment from the New Jersey Training School.  
  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.  
  Licensed clinicians and a contracted psychologist and psychiatrist provide therapeutic services. Psycho-education groups supplement the treatment component in addition to life skills, personal development, gang awareness (Phoenix) and healthy sexuality groups.  
  The program is augmented by service to the community through the Rescue Mission, Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club and the local food bank.  
  The program offers continuing education credits as well as SAT preparation and on-line college courses. A career and technical component provides horticulture, building maintenance and graphic arts training.  
  Aftercare planning and implementation is a cooperative effort between the program, Human Services agencies and Probation. An aftercare plan is developed based on the residents preparedness to return to the community.  
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