Juvenile Probation Services

The Schenectady County Center for Juvenile Justice is a partnership between the Department of Probation and the Department of Social Services to provide the most effective and efficient services to juvenile justice involved youth and families in Schenectady County. The Center is staffed with 20 full time Probation Department employees and 9 full time Department of Social Services employees. The Center provides intake services, investigations, supervision and community based interventions to our youth, families and victims.

We practice a Risk, Need and Responsivity Model that targets youth with a higher probability of recidivism. The highest risk youth receive the most intensive services specific to their needs. The goal is to deliver services and treatment programs in a style and mode that is consistent with the ability and learning style of the youth and family. Programs that provide structured social learning, family based training and cognitive-behavioral approaches have been found to be the most effective. The Center for Juvenile Justice receives funding from numerous sources that support the Center’s broad range of juvenile programming, which include the NYS OCFS, local DSS, & NYS DCJS. The Schenectady County Probation/DSS collaboration is very unique and is considered a model program for New York State.

The Center for Juvenile Justice continues to focus on the needs of the victims, accountability of youth, and safety of our community, by engaging our youth to take responsibility for their actions and repair the harm they’ve done to their community.


 

Contact Info

Thomas Zampella
Director

Timothy Ferrara
Deputy Director

Center for Juvenile Justice
608 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

(518) 386-2271
(518) 386-2277  Fax

Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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