Washington County Juvenile Department protects the public by reducing delinquency and restores victims and the community by holding youth accountable. We create opportunities for change through swift and decisive use of effective practices, building on the strengths of youth and families.
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March 1, 2021 JUVENILE DEPARTMENT COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (en Español)
The Washington County Juvenile Services Department continues to take the situation around COVID-19 seriously and is working with Washington County Administration to adjust our protocols, so we are following the Governor’s orders, as they change for Washington County. The following protocols will stay in place until further notification:
The Juvenile Services Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please call before you come to the building to see if you can resolve your issues on the phone, unless you already have a pre-scheduled appointment or a court hearing for which you must appear in person. Most appointments will occur via phone or video.
Please DO NOT come to a scheduled meeting if you are exhibiting cold symptoms, are ill, have tested positive for the coronavirus and/or are currently under quarantine or isolation orders from a medical professional.
For those of you with prescheduled meetings and hearings, you will be contacted by our office and will be asked the health screening questions to determine if we should proceed with the in-person contact.
Those of you who come to the office for a hearing or appointment will also be asked the health screening questions when you arrive.
For many hearings, there is the preference that you appear telephonically or through video. Work with your attorney, your Department of Human Services connection, or Juvenile Counselor to set up telephonic hearings ahead of time.
You MUST wear a facial covering when you come into any of our buildings. Please use sanitizer or wash your hands upon entering. Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more as much as you can in our buildings.
Each courtroom has a restricted number of individuals who can be in the court room based upon its square footage, to maintain social distance between participants. It is possible you will be turned away from a hearing if there is no more room available, so please confirm with your juvenile department, attorney, court, or DHS contact prior to coming that you should appear in person.
We have not resumed any of our in-person classes. They continue to be cancelled. This includes the Up in Smoke Class, the Victim’s Impact Panel, the SAFE class, and the Theft Information Class.
Community Service activities will be resumed in the 3rd or 4th weekend of March. All participants will be scheduled for specific days and times, so please do not just show up to join a crew. This is because crew sizes are reduced to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Our Harkins House residential program continues to have restricted visiting. Visits need to be scheduled in advance. Visitors will be asked and will need to pass a COVID-19 symptom health screening before visiting. We are using the large visiting room or outdoors for visits, with one family visiting at a time. All social distancing, facial covering and handwashing guidelines still apply to visits. Visiting is also available remotely. Please contact Harkins House prior to showing up there regarding the status of your visit. 503-846-8766.
Any home visits or field contacts conducted by Juvenile Department staff continue to occur outside, will be 15 minutes or less and all parties should wear facial coverings and keep appropriate social distance. Your Juvenile Counselor will instruct you on whether you need to appear in the office for appointments, court hearings or urinalysis (UA) tests.
The Conciliation/Mediation program continues to hold Orientation Classes, mediation sessions and counseling appointments virtually.
To view our previous video on the virus and our Department, please click here:
Thank you so much for your understanding during this time. We are heartened that the number of positive coronavirus tests are declining and that the numbers of individuals receiving vaccination are increasing. We know that the ongoing adjustments each of you continue to make in your personal and professional lives to maintain safe community processes is significant and presents ongoing challenges to family daily life, especially with remote school and many activities that continue to be canceled. Please stay safe and reach out for the help and support you need. Together, we can get through this safely.
Our front desk number is 503-846-8861. Please call if you have any questions. Please see the Washington County Home page for more information.
To collaborate with schools, law enforcement, and our other community partners
To provide stewardship of public resources and effectively utilize cost effective measures and program evaluation
To provide fair and equitable treatment that includes families in decision making and embraces impartial practices
To incorporate effective practices into our work with youth and families, including assessments and individual case plans based on youth risk and needs
To honor victims' rights and interests throughout all phases of the justice system and provide opportunities for youth to repair harm to victims and communities
To provide logical consequences that address youth behaviors and teach skill development
To foster open communication and team work in a supportive work environment
To demonstrate ethical and honest behavior in all that we do
To honor diversity and treat all persons with respect
To involve youth, families, and partners in creating an effective and responsive department by seeking and responding to feedback
To strive to be innovative leaders in the field of juvenile justice
Juvenile Department Schedule:
- Juvenile Court: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Preliminary Hearings at 1:00 p.m. daily
- Divorce Mediation: Mondays, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
- Drug Court: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Truancy Court: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
- CLOSED FOR LUNCH: Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.