General Services

Social Services
Each resident at the Youth Center is assigned a caseworker. The caseworker serves as liaison between the child, the Juvenile Probation Department, Children and Youth Services, the parents, and his or her attorney. The caseworker meets regularly with each resident to discuss their issues and concerns, the child’s adjustment to the program, any behavioral difficulties the child may be exhibiting, and to keep him or her abreast of the juvenile court process. A mental health caseworker is available for those residents manifesting serious emotional concerns. Individual and group programming is also made available to all residents here at the Youth Center.

The caseworker maintains contact with all significant parties involved and is responsible for writing an evaluation report concerning the child’s behavior and making a recommendation to the Juvenile Court regarding disposition.

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Food and Nutrition
School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program Statement

The Montgomery County Youth Center provides free meals to all residents through participation in the School Nutrition Programs (SNP). Funding provided by Federal/State/Local Nutritional Programs.

Information on the availability of the Summer Food Service Program is available at the following web link to all households. http://www.whyhunger.org or by calling 1-866-3HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) 1-877-8HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273)

The Montgomery Youth Center operates under the rules and regulations of the School Nutrition Program (SNP).

Montgomery County School Wellness Policy on Physical Activity and Nutrition

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Information on the availability of the Summer Food Service Program is available at following web link to all households. http://www.whyhunger.org or by calling 1-866-3HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) 1-877-8HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273)

Educational Program
Children detained in secure detention or shelter are required to attend and participate in our educational program. Certified teachers from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit provide classes in both the detention and shelter programs. In addition, the Youth Center employs a full time Art Teacher. Instruction is provided in reading, math, english, science, social studies and art.

Residents are also given the opportunity to attend tutoring. The teachers generally choose residents to attend who are in need of more individual attention than can be provided in the regular classroom setting. Students expressing interest in the program may also participate.

Medical Services
All residents admitted to the Youth Center are seen by the nurse and given a physical exam by a licensed physician. The doctor visits the Center at least twice a week and the nurses are available every day during waking hours.If residents feel sick, they simply need to file a sick call to the nurse, who will meet with the child or doctor if necessary. The nurse distributes all prescription medication at regular time intervals. Residents are not permitted to have any medication, prescription or non-prescription, in their rooms or on their person. If emergency medical care becomes necessary, immediate arrangements are made to transport the child to the emergency room at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. Parents would immediately be notified regarding any emergency that might occur.

All residents remaining beyond thirty days in either Shelter or Detention receive a dental exam and cleaning. Emergency dental care is provided for those residents in need.

Mail
Residents in both programs are permitted to send and receive mail, unless restricted by the Court. The Youth Center provides paper, pencil, envelopes and postage. Incoming mail is given to the residents by staff. Staff reads neither incoming nor outgoing mail; however, a child may be required to open the letter in presence of staff, if staff has reason to suspect that contraband is included.

Telephone
Residents in both programs are permitted to call home. However, parents must first set up an account with the phone vendor before they can receive calls. Upon intake, a caseworker will explain how the phone system works and how an account can be set up. Residents are permitted to call home two to three times a week, and the calls are limited to fifteen minutes. Incoming phone calls are not permitted unless approved by a Caseworker or an Administrator on duty.

To set up billing for resident phone calls Call 1-866-230-7761. 

Religion
Church groups visit the Youth Center regularly on Sunday evenings. Residents may attend services if they wish. A special visit can also be arranged with clergy. They may visit during the
regular scheduled visiting hours, or they can call a child’s caseworker to set up a special visiting
time.

PREA
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 proposed standards for protection, detection, and response to sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Montgomery County Youth Center will follow the PREA standards to provide a safe and secure environment for both residents and staff.

The Montgomery County Youth Center has adopted a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy on sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment. Any form of sexual activity between youth or between youth staff/volunteers/contract employees, regardless of consensual status, is strictly prohibited.

The Montgomery County Youth Center underwent an onsite PREA Audit on June 9th and 10th, 2014. This audit (finalized and signed on June 30, 2014) resulted in the Youth Center becoming one of the first facilities in the State of Pennsylvania to become PREA compliant. Additionally, the Youth Center met all the Federal standards of the audit resulting in zero corrective actions. The Youth Center is amongst very few who have achieved this status nationwide.

Please review the 2014 PREA Auditor’s Final Report by clicking the link below.
MCYC Final PREA Report