As a result of the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA), the Probation Department developed a prevention and intervention program, the Youth Accountability Teams (YAT), to service at-risk youth, less serious offenders, and their families. Youth Accountability Teams were established throughout the county in an effort to divert certain youth from the juvenile justice system and instead handle them in an informal, treatment-oriented manner. In 2013, the Probation Department established a team in the city of Riverside involving Probation, Riverside Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, the Wiley Center, and the Riverside Unified School District.
YAT members provide services to the youth and their parents. The youth receive supervision, accountability, school attendance and behavior monitoring, mentoring, and involvement in pro-social activities is encouraged. A wide variety of counseling services are available, including substance abuse, anger management, and individual treatment. The Parent Project ® parenting classes are offered for the parents to assist them in responding to difficult adolescent behavior.
The teams focus on misdemeanor and less serious offenders; and youth at-risk for delinquent behavior, ages 12-17½, exhibiting two or more of the following:
- Substance Abuse
- School Discipline Problems
- Poor Academics
- Family conflict
- Mental health issues
- Gang association
Referrals originate from schools, law enforcement, parents, and the community. Involvement in the program is completely voluntary on behalf of the youth and their family. Teams are located at numerous school and community sites countywide.
If you are the parent of a youth having difficulty in the areas described, or know of a youth in danger of becoming a delinquent, complete the referral with pertinent information and a member of YAT will contact the family.
Of note, youth are ineligible to participate in this program if they are already involved in the juvenile justice system or on any form of Court ordered probation.
Once a referral is received, the team will contact the family for an initial interview to determine if the youth is eligible for the program. If eligible, the youth will be placed on a short-term contract, specifically addressing their needs. This may include: intensive probation supervision; school and home visits; drug testing; referrals to community resources; community service; jail tour; and educational programming or activities. The youth will have the opportunity to work with various law enforcement professionals, positive role models, and mentors.
For School Use Only
Attach school records including: attendance, behavior, and academic progress. This information is kept confidential and will only be utilized by YAT personnel to assist in determining eligibility and treatment needs.