Linking Early Adolescent Prevention Programs (L.E.A.P.P.)
L.E.A.P.P. is an early intervention and prevention program for at-risk youth in kindergarten through sixth grade. L.E.A.P.P. aims to intervene with at-risk youth and their families in an effort to reduce the likelihood that these at-risk behaviors will lead to future involvement in the Juvenile Justice System.
The youth are referred to L.E.A.P.P. from area school corporations, parents, police departments or the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. Youth are referred to the L.E.A.P.P. Program if they are alleged to have committed a juvenile status offense (runaway, incorrigible, truancy and/or curfew) or if they are exhibiting other at-risk behaviors either in their home, school, or community at large. At-risk behaviors include: bullying, theft, opposition, defiance towards authority, etc.
The School-Based Probation Program is a collaborative effort between the Hamilton County Probation Department and the Carmel-Clay, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Noblesville, Sheridan and Westfield-Washington School Systems along with the local police departments. The objectives of the program are to increase face-to-face supervision of juvenile probationers, communicate with youth in the community and enhance communication between probation, school officials and police resource officers.
School-Based Probation allows the supervising Probation Officers to observe juveniles' interactions with their peers, teachers and school administrators. Overall, within this system, the School-Based Probation Officers are more accessible to, and more involved in the daily routine of the juveniles whom they supervise. Daily responsibilities of the School-Based Probation Officers include:
Regular check-in appointments
On-site drug testing
Collaborative efforts with school counselors, teachers, administrators and police officers
Lunchroom and hall supervision
The program was expanded in 2006 and now includes all public Junior High and High Schools in Hamilton County as well as both Options Charter Schools and MOSAICS.
Motivational Aftercare & Reentry Support (M.A.R.S)
The M.A.R.S. Program is an intensive, short-term supervision program for delinquent youth that have been assessed using the Indiana Youth Assessment System (I-YAS) to be at a medium to moderate risk. The program provides intensive Probation supervision coupled with case management services with the following objectives:
Preserving the family unit
Deterring future delinquent behavior
Reducing the number of placement in more restrictive program or outside the home
Transitioning the youth back into the home after a stay in a residential treatment facility or more restrictive program or service
The M.A.R.S. case manager has nearly daily contact with clients and the majority of these contacts occur outside of the office (home, school, employment, etc.).