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Who We Are

Purpose

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, Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH), Department of Human Services (DHS), the First Judicial District’s Attorney’s Office, and the R-1 School District.

Mission

“We are an assessment center responsive to the safety and well-being of youth, families, victims, and the Jefferson County Community.”

Pursuant to the explain what this is (Inter-Governmental Agreement or I.G.A.) and in recognition of our obligation to be responsive to the best interests of children, victims, and the community and to protect, restore and improve the public’s safety, it is the mission of the Juvenile Assessment Center to provide and maintain a single point of entry utilizing a centralized facility for individualized processing, assessing, screening, and referring of at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.

Goal

The goal of the JCJAC is to:

Minimize individual and community harm by keeping youths from becoming more involved in the juvenile justice system.

We do this by: