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 supervision program for delinquent youth that have been assessed using the Indiana Youth Assessment System (IYAS) to be at a moderate to high risk to re-offend. The program provides intensive probation supervision and case management services with the following objectives:
Deterring future delinquent behavior
Promoting and preserving family cohesion
Reducing the number of placements outside of the home
Transitioning the youth back into the home after a stay in a residential treatment facility