Municipal Courts

Juvenile Information: Juvenile Case Manager Program

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The goal of the City of Houston Juvenile Case Manager Program is to assist the Municipal Courts Department in administering the Courts’ juvenile dockets and reduce juvenile referrals into the justice system through effective, preventative case management, and utilization of intervention procedures at the middle and high school campuses within the City of Houston.

The Juvenile Case Manager Program employs two methods of intervention:

  • Campus-based Juvenile Case Managers provide assessment and diagnosis of truant behavior and barriers to school attendance, conduct home visits, monitoring services, linkage to community service agencies, data gathering, education and training, monthly service learning projects, as well as a wide variety of before, after school and summer programming. All services are offered free of cost to participating school districts.
  • Court-based Juvenile Case Managers provide support to juveniles and their families once they have received citations to appear in court for class C misdemeanors. They are responsible for conducting assessments to diagnose the reason(s) the juvenile was referred to court and providing case management, compliance monitoring, linkage to community service agencies, data gathering, and education and training.
  • Workshops provided:
    • Bullying
    • Teen Court

Program Highlights/Provided Services:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of truant behavior displayed by students.
  • Active case management of students identified as truant.
  • Home visits and parent/guardian involvement encouraged within the program
  • Community-based referral services to students or families who request assistance.
  • Build and develop relationships with community assistance agencies to further assist clients and families. • Participation in attendance meetings at assigned target campuses.
  • Accompany juveniles and parents to court proceedings and facilitate court-ordered sanctions in order to achieve optimal compliance.
  • Maintain lasting relationships with students and families via continuous contact.
  • Creates, participates in, and executes before/after school programming, mentoring, and summer programming for youth.
  • Training/presentations for youth, parents, educators, judicial staff, and community organizations.
  • Volunteerism- once/monthly volunteer activities for students, parents, and staff members.
  • Vendor- open house events, back to school events, education fairs, community resource fairs, community initiatives.