The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, recently released a "Report on George Junior Republic Residential Facility: Processes and Performance." This report is compiled by one of the largest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, that serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system including judges, referees, commissioners, court masters and administrators, social and mental health workers, police and probation officers.
At the request of George Junior Republic (GJR), the NCJJ conducted a program assessment and evaluation of GJR's outcomes relative to five primary goals:
- provide a safe environment;
- provide quality educational and job training services;
- keep faimilies of residents engaged;
- provide high quality therapy and mental health treatment as appropriate; and
- reduce recidivism among GJR residents upon their return home.
The report concludes:
- "GJR is a high functioning residential program that provides both a safe environment and a broad array [of] effective programming to admitted residents;"
- "GJR is among the nation's high quality residential facilities and is very capable and suitable for addressing the needs of select group of moderate-to-high risk youth that can best be served in a well-run congregate care residential facility;"
- "GJR provides a comfortable and safe environment for the target youth, it provides quality educational and vocational services in state of the art facilities;" and
- "GJR provides quality psychological and psychiatric care to all residents in need of such care."
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the report, please contact Executive Administrative Assistant Cathy Chutz at 724-458-9330, ext. 2200, or via email at [email protected].