The Brotherhood Council Program opened in June 2014, and located within the Juvenile Justice Center the program was created to help transform at-risk youth into responsible members of their families, schools and communities through individualized services and programming, thereby diverting them from the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) and preventing future incarceration. The intense in-house program is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy – people can change.
The program intends to target the youth’s criminogenic behaviors and attitudes through individualized treatment. Once these behaviors are identified, the goal is to use effective interventions that match the youth’s risk, needs, and personal characteristics with appropriate treatment programs and treatment dosage. This process also includes developing relapse prevention strategies that are designed to assist the youth in anticipating and coping with problematic situations.
Since delinquent behavior is the result of many different factors, TBC offers a variety of services to address individual issues and their combined outcomes. The program is conducted in a treatment setting and incorporates a number of evidence based curricula including Cognitive Behavioral Interventions: Comprehensive Curriculum (CBI-CV), Victim Impact (VIP), Personal responsibility Education Program (PREP). While in the TBC program, youth receive guided recreation and wellness as well as continue their education, drug and alcohol intervention, counseling and faith based services. Students also participate in social service coordination and Reentry Court.
A local community-based program increases the accessibility of family members and promotes family involvement. It also creates an opportunity for the youth to gain exposure to positive characteristics of their community and for the community to be involved in the youth’s entire treatment process.
TBC only accepts youth who have documented, suspended legal commitments to ODYS or who have been transferred from ODYS facilities to the TBC program. The program is designed for males between the ages of 14 and 20 years old. Youth placed in TBC must not have any serious medical problems, must have adequate verbal skills, and must not be severely emotionally challenged. Youth are admitted to the TBC program based upon available bed space.