Intensive Supervision Program
Supervision Program (ISP) is a 4 to 6 month program that diverts
high-risk youth from placement or TYC redirecting their lives
through a program of close supervision and rehabilitation. Each ISP
participant must have adequate supervision by parents or significant
adults in the home. After placement in the program by the courts,
clients are contacted a minimum of twice weekly in the home, school
or office by a probation officer. This program serves youth
throughout all of Harris County and includes counseling and
community service projects. In 2009, an average of 536 youth were
supervised by the ISP each month.
Female Intervention Program
The Female Intervention
Program (FIP) is a component of the Intensive Supervision Program
(ISP) serving adjudicated females for a minimum of 4 months. FIP
is a community based intensive supervision program, which provides
specialized services addressing self-awareness, health and hygiene,
social skills and relationships, career education and community
service as well as counseling for the probationer and her family.
The girls also participate in job fairs, college campus tours, CPR
classes and the RealCare® parenting program. The RealCare®
parenting program is a science-based program featuring the RealCare®
Baby, a computerized infant simulator that requires realistic care
and reports on exactly how it was cared for to provide powerful,
hands-on experiences, and teach valuable lessons about motherhood
and parenting. Additionally the program hosts an open house each
December. 409 girls participated in the Female Intervention
Program in 2009, and 88 of those were involved with the RealCare®
Institutional Aftercare Program
Aftercare Program (IAP) provides
intensive supervision for youth leaving residential placement during
the weeks following release from structured living. Clients
participate in drug testing, 2 session parent-child reunification
workshops and a two-day ROPES program (Reality Orientation through
Physical Experience) with low and high element challenges to build
confidence and promote teamwork. In 2009, an average of 209 youth
were supervised by the IAP each month. 172 families participated in
the parent-child workshops and there were 29 participants in the
The Project 17 program is a component of Institutional Aftercare
Program (IAP) concentrating on 16 and 17 year old probationer’s
educational and vocational training needs. The focus is on
preparation for independent living and permanent job placement.
In 2009, 85 youth were served in Project 17.
Specialized Program Unit
The Specialized Program Unit provides supervision for 2 separate and
unique caseloads, those being sex offenders and gang involved
probationers. All SPU clients receive intensive supervision and
participate in program specific services as well as drug testing,
and a two-day ROPES program (Reality Orientation through Physical
Experience) with low and high element challenges to build confidence
and promote teamwork. Additionally, electronic monitoring is
available to all youth in the SPU.
Sex offender supervision is designed for youth adjudicated on sexual
offense charges that meet the state registration eligibility. These
clients participate in specialized sex offender treatment,
undergoing a polygraph if necessary to assist with the therapeutic
process. In 2009, approximately 50 polygraphs were performed.
The gang supervision program provides intensive supervision to
probationers that have been identified with gang association or
affiliation. Various services are provided focusing on intervention
and prevention from gang activity such as the Gang Awareness Program
with workshops addressing anger management, decision making,
unlawful behavior as well as sessions provided by former gang
members. Additionally, tattoo removal is available through a
partnership with the City of Houston’s D-TAG program.
The D-TAG program was designed to help individuals re-enter
mainstream society by removing tattoos that would identify them as
participating in or supporting anti-social behavior. The program
exchanges a commitment for community service for free tattoo
removal. The tattoos to be removed must be visible in normal street
clothing to be eligible for treatment.
Funding is currently being sought with the goal of adding a graffiti
abatement component to the gang supervision program.
In 2009 an average of 125 probationers were supervised in the gang
supervision program each month, and average of 129 probationers were
supervised in the sex offender program each month. 164 youth
received electronic monitoring services, 19 attended the D-TAG
tattoo removal program, 142 participated in the Gang Awareness
Program and 185 attended the ROPES program.
The ROPES Challenge Course
provides a 2 day outdoor educational environment in which learning
opportunities for all participants are presented to develop the
skills of an effective communicator, competent problem-solver,
self-directed learner, and responsible citizen through Reality
Oriented Physical Experiences (ROPES). In addition to being a
component of the IAP and SPU, a limited amount of probationers under
regular probation supervision have the opportunity to participate in
this program each summer.
2009, approximately 40 probationers participated in the ROPES
program, in addition to those in the IAP and SPU programs.
Community Service Restitution
The Community Service Restitution Program supervises work projects
done by probationers and sometimes with their parents at non-profit
agencies or institutions which have been approved as worksites by
the Juvenile Board. Work sites are arranged for youth from all
divisions of the department including those referred for lesser
offenses from Intake Court Services. In 2009, 5614 probationers and
271 parents worked 63,555 hours at an estimated value of $460,773.
Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse
Assessment and Education
Dependency Counselors from the Council on Alcohol and Drugs -
Houston screen all youth entering Field Services supervision from
Court to identify, educate and intervene with those who have
substance abuse problems. In 2009, 4644 screenings were conducted
and substance abuse education services were provided to 1020 youth.
Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse Counseling
A recently awarded grant will
provide for counseling services by Licensed Chemical Dependency
Counselors at the CUPS offices beginning in the Spring of 2010.
Random urinalysis drug
testing is conducted at all CUPS offices throughout the county.
Preliminary testing is done via 5 panel tests administered by the
JPO in the offices. Subsequent urinalysis samples may be sent to a
local lab for further testing and meets the chain of custody
requirements necessary for court action. In 2009, 1100 samples were
submitted to the lab for testing.
Educational specialists advocate for juveniles to keep them in
school, to reinstate them if expelled or to arrange completion of
GED requirements and career planning. Testing is conducted to
verify the youth’s proper grade level placement and/or need for
special programming in the educational setting. In 2009, 1048 youth
were assessed and received services.
Workshops are provided
for probationers and their families addressing various topics such
as peer pressure, decision making, life skills, prohibited weapons,
anger management, shoplifting prevention, anti-gang activity, and
victim impact panels. The workshops are generally 1 to 2 hours in
length and are held at CUPS offices throughout the county. In
2009, workshops were attended by 5683 probationers.
Evening Reporting Center
Evening Reporting Center (ERC) is contracted to Southwest Key and
serves Alief and far southwest Harris County probationers. The 30
day program is highly structured and has well supervised evening
activities that includes school home work activities and tutoring,
group therapy, recreation and provides a hot meal. Youth are
transported from school to the ERC and then home at the end of the
program. The program is used a sanction for adjudicated youth will
serve a maximum of 25 youth five days a week. This program was
launched December 8, 2009.
program combining traditional therapeutic intervention with a more
innovative component involving relationships and activities with
horses. These services are currently available to the Female
Intervention Program and Institutional Aftercare Program.
Functional Family Therapy
The Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program is set to begin February
1, 2010 and is an exemplary rated model program of the OJJDP. FFT
is delivered by two person teams’ of probation officers and mental
health professionals and consists of one-hour sessions that
typically occur over the course of three months, serving as a short
term intervention. The family must be willing to participate in the
process which is family focused, includes siblings and emphasizes
the importance of respecting all family members on their own terms.
There will be three therapists each handling 5 - 15 clients.
G.E.D. (General Educational Development) Programs will be provided
at the CUPS 3 and CUPS 6 offices in the summer of 2010 provided a
recent grant application is awarded. The grant will provide laptops
and GED instructors at each location. The G.E.D. measures the
outcome of a high school education and consists of five tests:
Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, and Reading.
BELAY (Building Engagement, Leadership, and Assets for Youth) is
provided at several CUPS offices by The Baylor College of Medicine.
On BELAY is an experiential youth leadership and development program
designed to create youth leaders as the primary means of fostering
community change. Guided by research-based healthy youth development
principals and inclusive of evidence-based violence prevention
curricula, program goals include participant increase in: culturally
competent leadership skills, numerous development assets,
non-violent problem solving, meaningful contribution to community,
and connection with adults. This has become a favorite program
among participants and probation personnel. In 2009, there were 375
(Project self-esteem, Academics, Character, and Employment) is a
multiple week education and training program providing moral,
educational and spiritual values through a comprehensive life skills
program. The curriculum
addresses character-building and esteem, fosters effective
communication and problem-solving between youth and parent, matches
adult coaches with youth and parents to form a bonded team,
establishes individual educational goals for youth and helps
implement them and provides training opportunities for job
readiness. 217 youth were served in this program during 2009.
Shoplifting Prevention Program
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention provides a unique
program for juveniles who have been involved in shoplifting called
the Youth Educational Shoplifting Program (Y.E.S.). The Y.E.S.
Program is a at home study course consisting of 2 audio CDs and a
workbook to be done jointly by the child and parent. It is designed
to help to change the thinking, feelings and attitudes the youth
holds which allowed him/her to shoplift and will reduce his/her risk
of shoplifting and getting arrested in the future. In 2009, 250
youth under supervision participated in this program.
Professional, licensed therapists
provide individual, family and group counseling to probationers and
their families at all CUPS office locations as well as satellite
locations in Baytown and far southeast Harris County at the
Scarsdale location. Services are provided in both English and
Spanish. In 2009, nearly 4000 youth benefited from this service.
Youth Advocate Program
Youth Advocate Program is designed to provide community-based
mentors in order to prevent costly and unnecessary placement of
youth who are, have been, or may be subject to home removal. The
YAP advocacy model is based upon the development of a trust
relationship between a supportive, trained, skilled adult advocate,
the young person, and his family. The advocate team develops a child
and family team process that is based on the strengths of the child
and family. The advocates assist the youth in providing recreational
activities as well as transportation to and from probation related
functions. In 2009, nearly 500 youth were assigned mentors through
the Youth Advocate Program.