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February 5, 2014

Juvenile facility pushes family involvement

Director: Visits with parents improve youths' behavior

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Parents are also able to attend chapel with their children.

Families are being contacted more and more on the progress of programs at the facility.

Parents are being included by treatment teams that meet with students in the facility every two weeks. Treatment teams are made up of a counselor and representatives from the education and custody department. Some teams also have a mental health professional. The treatment teams call parents during the meeting, or if parents are unable to take a call the team will send emails about the student’s progress.

Communicating openly through email and phone calls provides education and allows everyone to be “on the same page,” Harmon said.

“It’s helpful for everyone,” Harmon said. “It makes students look at what they’re doing and challenges them to be better.”

Facility staff now call parents to discuss progress and behavior issues. Staff from the custody and recreation departments might reach out to parents and ask for advice to deescalate a situation or discuss the student.

The family engagement also makes it easier for families to reconnect, Harmon said.

“There have been hard feelings between family members and students and by getting them involved, we can bridge that gap,” Harmon said.

The increased family engagement is causing better behavior and progress in education, Harmon added. He called it a “win-win” for everyone involved.

“When parents are involved, students excel and seemed to be more motivated to change and excited to go home,” Harmon said.

Visitation hours for the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility are available seven days a week. Visitation at the Logansport Treatment Unit is from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Visitation hours at the Logansport Intake Unit are 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

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