Multi Disciplinary Team
Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Hearings – This is a hearing held for first time juvenile offenders. A panel of professionals – police, school, Child Welfare Services and local service providers – conduct the hearing. The panel makes the decision on offering the juvenile diversion program or forwarding the case to court. If a contract is awarded, the panel determines the interventions that will be included in the contract to address the root causes of the juvenile’s criminal behavior.
Case Management – Each juvenile is linked with a case manager who will work with them throughout the 90 day contract to provide support and accountability.
Restorative Practices – Each juvenile works through a process that helps them understand the harm they have done to not only themselves, but to their parents, family, school, friends and community. Each juvenile writes apology letters to those they have harmed.
Community Service – The offenders are required to give back to the community through service to help “pay back” the costs of their criminal behavior, and to begin to appreciate their community and therefore take ownership and want to become more involved in the community
Education Plan – 62% of offenders are at risk for academic failure. The offenders who are credit deficient or not passing classes, create goals with their school counselors, aimed at developing good study habits and increasing attendance.
Classes & Workshops – COMPACT partners with many organizations and agencies in the community to offer classes such as decision making, anger management and drug and alcohol classes. COMPACT also offers their own classes. The class and agency assigned is determined by the risk factors found with the offender.
Drug Testing – if a juvenile is arrested for drugs and/or alcohol or it is determined in the pre-screening or hearing that drugs and/or alcohol are an issue, the juvenile will have to submit to random drug testing.