Rights in a Juvenile Justice Residential Program
Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Residential Services provides a continuum of care for youth with disabilities committed to the care and custody of the Department, beginning with commitment management services through placement within residential commitment programs.
The commitment management system is designed to place youth in the most appropriate program to meet the youth’s special needs and to promote public safety.
DJJ’s Health Service Manual defines a developmental disability (DD) as a disorder or syndrome that is attributable to retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida or Prader Willi syndrome and constitutes a substantial handicap that can be expected to continue indefinitely.
DJJ’s Health Service Manual states that DJJ uses standardized screening procedures and the established evaluation criteria within in the DSM-IV-TR to identity youth in DJJ facilities with emotional disturbance, mental illness or substance abuse impairment.