Juvenile Programs

Community Health Services Employment ApplicationCommunity Health Services is committed to the elimination of violent juvenile crime, major drug/alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancies, and high educational dropout rates. The exploding issues confronting the juvenile justice system pose some of the most challenging problems in our country today. Our traditional methods of treating juvenile offenders have been overwhelmed by the size and complexity of the problems presented.

Community Health Services' cognitive-behavioral treatment curriculum with juvenile populations is based on MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy). The MRT steps help participants see what choices in the past led them to where they are today. The juveniles advance through a process where they begin to practice honesty and can choose to behave in a manner because it is the right choice to make. Clients must accept responsibility for problems, symptoms, situations, and emotions so that they are able to change.

Seven MRT® Major Treatment Components
Confrontation and Assessment of Self: Assesses clients' beliefs, attitudes, behavior, and defense mechanisms
Enhancement of Self-Concept: Ego-enhancing exercises and habits change what clients think of themselves
Assessment of Current Relationships: Includes planning to heal damaged relationships
Decrease Hedonism: Teaches clients to develop delay of gratification and control of pleasure-seeking behavior
Reinforcement of Positive Behavior and Habits: Helping others raises awareness of moral responsibility
Develops Higher Stages of Moral Reasoning: With greater concern for others and social systems
Positive Identity Formation: Exploration of Inner Self and goal-setting

Juvenile Programs offered by Community Health Services:

Alcohol and drug education and treatment
Underage drinking
Anger Management
Domestic Violence
Sex Offenses
Electronic Monitoring (EM)
Remote Alcohol Testing
Urinalysis Testing

Community Health Services' Juvenile Program also provides the following:

Psycho-social assessments
Monitoring of Attendance
Tracking and reporting

Corrective classes lead to:

Changed behavior and fewer arrests for juveniles,
Education and safety of victims, and
A reduction in an overburdened Juvenile Justice System.

MRT® participation has been consistently demonstrated in both institutional and community corrections settings to positively impact offender behavior, reduce technical violations, increase stability, and have a long-term positive impact on recidivism. Research findings demonstrate that the more steps that an offender completes, the greater the probability that the person will complete the program and demonstrate a long-term behavioral impact on his/her life.

Ann Wallace, Director of the 3rd Judicial District Drug Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, reports that 65% of those youth using the MRT curriculum who have graduated from the Juvenile Drug Court program have not reoffended. Ms. Wallace states, "our counselors believe that MRT has been a success because not only does it provide a mechanism for counselors to hold our drug court participants accountable, it offers an opportunity for the participants to hold each other accountable."

Phone 480-949-8871

Fax 480-949-9723

"Rehabilitation and progress toward that end is measured by the client's commitment to change."

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