Juvenile Rehabilitation Offers Mentoring Opportunities
Juvenile Rehabilitation is recruiting responsible adult volunteers to work as mentors with at-risk youth. Visit the Juvenile Rehabilitation Mentoring Program page for more information about how you can volunteer to become a mentor.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides employment services and counseling to individuals with disabilities who want to work but experience barriers to work because of a physical, sensory, and/or mental disability. DVR believes employment contributes to a person’s ability to live independently and everyone has a right to work. Our purpose is to empower people with disabilities to achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and maintaining employment.
As a division of the Department of Social and Health Services, with offices located throughout Washington, DVR has partnered with communities for over 70 years to help meet the employment needs of people with disabilities and employers.
Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) (formerly called JRA) serves Washington State's highest-risk youth. Youth may be committed to JR custody by any county juvenile court. The juvenile courts follow prescribed sentencing guidelines to determine which youth will be committed to JR. These youth typically have committed many lower-level offenses or have committed a serious crime.
The Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) is the designated office within DSHS that is responsible for monitoring Washington State’s compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Additionally, OJJ provides staff support to the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ).
The WA-PCJJ’s mission is to promote partnerships and innovations that improve outcomes for juvenile offenders and their victims, to build family and community capacity to prevent delinquency, and to provide analysis and expertise to state and local policymakers. The WA-PCJJ provides grant opportunities, training, technical assistance, and research regarding best practices supporting system improvement within the juvenile justice system.
The Special Commitment Center Program (SCC), operated by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), provides a specialized mental health treatment program for civilly committed sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences.
The civil commitment process is under the authority of the superior court in the county where an individual was previously convicted of sex crimes. Only sex offenders whom the court finds to meet the legal definition of a sexually violent predator may be civilly committed to the SCC.
Public safety is the central purpose of the Community Protection Act of 1990. In each of its facilities, the SCC Program employs a variety of stringent public safety and security measures to provide for the community's safety