The Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) is
intended to divert high-risk youth from the state institutions of
the TYC and redirect their lives through a program of close
supervision and rehabilitation. Each ISP participant must have
adequate supervision by parents or significant adults at home. After
placement in the program by the courts, clients are contacted daily
by a probation officer. This program is administered by juvenile
probation officers and human service professionals who work with
trained volunteers, student interns and community and civic groups.
In 2005, an average of 504 juveniles received services in the ISP
program each month.
The In-Home Services program
for girls allowed some female probationers to remain at home with
24-hour supervision instead of going to a more costly residential
facility. Their “Baby, Think It Over” program utilizing computerized
infants is an excellent learning experience for girls.
The “Super Saturday” events demonstrate the flexibility and
creativity of the ISP program. Probationers and parents meet with
tutors, counselors and other service providers for special sessions
The Enhanced Aftercare Intensive Supervision
unit (IAP) provides intensive supervision for all youth leaving
county institutions during the weeks following release from
structured institutional life. In 2005, an average of 504 juveniles
received services in the IAP program each month. Clients
participated in Saturday programs, drug testing, electronic
monitoring, parent-education workshops and Reality Orientation
through Physical Experiences (ROPES) courses. Project 17 officers
work to engage the older probationers in careers and prepare them
for independent living. The Youthful Offenders Demonstration Project
in collaboration with Houston Works also concentrates on educational
and vocational training needed for permanent job placement.
Sex Offender Supervision is designed for youth adjudicated on sex
offense charges that meet the state registration eligibility. Some
may be adjudicated and placed back in their communities and have
extensive counseling and other requirements. Others may be placed in
the Sex Offender Treatment program at Burnet-Bayland.