The mission of non-secure detention is to:
- Protect the community.
- Assure youth are present for Court Hearings.
- To provide supervision pending placement.
- Offer a lower level of residential supervision that matches their level of risk.
Jackson House is a Non-secure Detention that temporaily houses juveniles for safe custody who are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of Family Court Services who requirescommunity protection or their own protection.
Jackson House provides a wide range of helpful services that support the juvenile's physical, emotional, and social developement.
Helpful Services includes the following: Education, visitation, communication, continuous supervision, medical and health care services, nutrition, recreation, and reading.
Youth are exposed to the following Programs: Sex Education, Drug Awareness, Social Skills, EQUIP, Sentenced to the Arts Project, and Community Service.
Youth are placed in non-secure detention in one of two ways:
- Through the Juvenile Officer's Screening Department
When youth are brought to screening generally by a Jackson County Law Enforcement agency, they are assessed via the "Detention Risk Assessment". If a youth scores "medium" on this assessment he may be detained in non-secure detention. Youth will have a health screening, suicide screening, and MAYSI completed prior to being escorted to non-secure detention.
- By the Judge or Commissioner
When the youth has a detention hearing, the Judge or Commissioner may decide that the youth is an appropriate risk to be detained in non-secure detention.
On-site non-secure detention programs include:
- Education as provided by the Kansas City Missouri School District;
- Full-time and on-call nursing staff, physicians from Children's Mercy Hospital;
- Substance abuse prevention and education;
- Psychological services;
- Anger control;
- USDA approved meals;
- Voluntary spiritual services;
Jackson House has religious services you can attend if you desire. You can ask to see a minister of the religion of your choice. Your worker will clear the request with the House Manager.
- Organized recreational activities;
- Life, parenting, and social skills training.