Assessment Unit

Contact: David Castleton, Manager  (503) 846-4561

Intake counselors assess lower level offenders and the needs and strengths of the youth and family to determine a course of action. Sanctions, such as restitution to victims and community service work, and/or referral to community resources can occur. The counselors may also determine that further services are warranted and a youth may be referred to a Regional Case Management unit or a legal document may be filed and the youth may go before the Court.

FAQ’s for Assessment

My son/daughter was arrested and referred for the first time to the Juvenile Department, what happens next?

  • In most circumstances, you will receive a letter scheduling you and your son/daughter for an appointment with an assessment counselor. The assessment counselor will gather information and make a determination of whether or not the case can be resolved informally or if it requires Court action.
  • To understand the departmental referral process, please see the Juvenile Department Flow Chart.

To get information on community resources for at-risk youth, please visit Community Action’s FIND database.