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Who We Are

Who We Are

The Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center (JCJAC) is a dynamic program that provides a wide range of services through a collective effort between Juvenile Assessment Center Staff, Colorado Youth Detention Continuum (CYDC),  Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH), Department of Human Services (DHS), the First Judicial District’s Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement agencies, and the R-1 Jefferson County School District.

The JCJAC provides assessments to the Jefferson County Community at no charge to families. The assessment process gives juveniles and families the opportunity to provide a comprehensive description of their unique family structure.

The purpose of the assessment is to identify the presenting issue's origin and provide service referrals to address the concern. Issues addressed at the JCJAC include, but are not limited to, welfare placement, runaway, beyond control of parent, drug and alcohol use/abuse, outcry of abuse, family discord, and low level criminal charges.  Although the JCJAC works closely with local law enforcement, taking advantage of our free referral service will not generate a criminal record. Nor is the assessment allowed to be part of any ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by law enforcement.

The JCJAC is a single point of entry utilizing a centralized facility for individualized processing, assessing, screening, and referring of at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.


JCJAC Values

  • Collaboration and Teamwork

  • Growth, Development

  • Empowerment

  • Balancing and Ensuring Justice and Public Safety

  • Accountability

  • Committed To What Works

  • Always Getting Better

  • Eliciting The Best Of Everyone


Leadership Team

Eric White - CYDC Assistant Director


Kira Jukes - Executive Director

(720)497-7799 |

Laura Ristucci - Project Manager

(720)497-7762 |

Craig McPherson - JAC Assistant Director

(720)497-7779 |


Colorado Youth Detention Continuum