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The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice operates six(6) secure Regional Juvenile Detention Centers that provide secure detention to all counties in Kentucky. The Detention Centers provide programs with a wide range of services including education, counseling, acute medical and mental health care, behavior management, observation, and assessment, as well as continuous supervision.
Youth Development Centers are small campus-type settings with capacities ranging from 30 to 80 youth per center. These programs provide monitoring of youths' activities 24-hours per day, seven days per week. Security level and measures vary by facility. Youth placed in these programs are typically between the ages of 14 and 18 and have been adjudicated as public youthful offenders.
Group Home provide community-based residential programming for male and female public and youthful offenders between the ages of 12 and 17. Program staff provide 24-hour per day seven-day per week supervision. Group homes may serve as an alternative to more restrictive institutional care or as a step-down for youth to move from an institutional placement to the community before returning home.
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice operates six (6) Day Treatment (DT) programs. Day Treatments are non-residential programs that provide education and intensive services to youth who live at home, in a foster home, or a group home and report to the program as required.
The Department of Juvenile Justice assists youth, families, and communities by providing programming that is necessary or court-ordered.