Frequently Asked Questions

I am an attorney representing a youth.  How do I get a copy of the youth’s juvenile records?

If your client was previously with JRA for a juvenile commitment, records may be obtained by contacting the Juvenile Rehabilitation Records Manager.  Juvenile Rehabilitation can only provide juvenile records pertaining to the youth’s stay with us.

Public Records Manager
Department of Social and Health Services
Rehabilitation Administration
PO Box 45720
Olympia, WA 98504-5720
Fax: 360-902-8108
JRPublicRecords@dshs.wa.gov

If you are seeking a comprehensive record of juvenile court actions, you must contact the applicable juvenile court to make an inquiry.

I am a prosecutor with a county juvenile court.  Can you tell me if this youth is in your care right now?

These types of questions can be answered if the communication comes through a verifiable email address, or if it is received in the mail on official stationary.

My son/grandson is getting in lots of trouble and needs serious help.  Can we send him to you for a while?

We are sorry, but no.  Juvenile Rehabilitation does not take private referrals.  We serve youth who are committed to us by the county juvenile courts.  Youth are only eligible to come to Juvenile Rehabilitation if they have a sentence of more than 30 days.

Do you have a Scared Straight program where we can send our child so he will straighten up and stop getting into trouble?

No.  These programs were popular in some communities for a while, but research has shown that they did not have a positive effect on youth, and in some cases they cause more harm than good.

I am a student doing research on a criminal justice topic.  Can I receive current statistics from you to use in a research paper?

Yes.  However there are some restrictions.  Juvenile Rehabilitation will never share identifying information about any of our clients.  Any research findings must be reviewed and approved by our research department prior to publication.  Juvenile Rehabilitation will not permit the publication of data that is used in misleading or flawed research.

Do youth in Juvenile Rehabilitation earn high school diplomas?

Youth in residence at a Juvenile Rehabilitation facility will be enrolled in a regular school program.  Some of our facilities have a public school located on campus, and others send youth to a public school in the community. Students earn regular school credits while attending school in these settings.  If a youth has enough credits to graduate, they may graduate from the school they are attending while with us, or they may transfer those credits to their home school and graduate with their peers.  Some of the schools within Juvenile Rehabilitation use only the state standards for graduation requirements, which may make achieving a diploma faster than if the student were in a district that had additional requirements for graduation.

I am a deputy clerk.  We have an Order Sealing Records of a Juvenile Offender.  How can we reach you with this documentation?

You may forward a copy of the applicable order to our Public Records Manager.

Public Records Manager
Department of Social and Health Services
Rehabilitation Administration
PO Box 45720
Olympia, WA 98504-5720
Fax: 360-902-8108
JRPublicRecords@dshs.wa.gov

How can I obtain employment with Juvenile Rehabilitation?

Juvenile Rehabilitation does all of their hiring through http://careers.wa.gov/.  Simply click “Look for Jobs” and then search for “Juvenile Rehabilitation”.  Or simply filter the list by Department, and select Department of Social and Health Services.

Do you have internships positions available?

Juvenile Rehabilitation welcomes student interns who are seeking to develop their skills and abilities for working with youth.  A recommended first step is to call or write to the residential facility or the regional office closest to where you hope to work.  For more general information you may send an email to ContactJRA@dshs.wa.gov.

I am a public defender.  Can you tell me when my client was released from Juvenile Rehabilitation?

These types of questions can be answered if the communication comes through a verifiable email address, or if it is received in the mail on official stationary.

My son is in detention and is going to be sent to Juvenile Rehabilitation.  Can you tell me which facility he will be going to?

Facility placement is determined by an assessment process that looks at age, gender, and risk level.  All females and younger males are admitted to Echo Glen Children’s Center.  Youth who do not have a history of problems in detention that may require an Intensive Management Unit (IMU) are admitted to Naselle Youth Camp if space is available.  All other youth are admitted to Green Hill School.

Does Juvenile Rehabilitation sometimes transfer youth to the Department of Corrections?

Juvenile Rehabilitation can serve youth who have committed a juvenile offense until their 21st birthday.  The only clients who are transferred to adult corrections are those who were tried and convicted as adults.  There is no transfer to adult corrections for disciplinary purposes if the youth does not have an adult conviction.

Are youth in Juvenile Rehabilitation allowed to communicate with a parent who is incarcerated?

Yes.   Family communication is encouraged.  In these cases the communication will be arranged by the youth’s counselor and will occur in a manner that meets the communication policies of both facilities.