C&A Forensic Services
Child and Adolescent Forensics consists of the following services:
- Court Liaison Services,
- NCSB Services at Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center, and
- Restoration Services.
Court Liaison Services
Located at the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (NJDRC), the CSB Court Liaison serves as an on-site resource to judges, families, social workers, court service workers, and other court related professionals to ensure that mental health and substance abuse issues within families are identified and addressed in a timely manner. Assists families and youth with referrals to appropriate agencies and resources. Works collaboratively with the Court Services Unit and the Department of Human Services to support youth and their families who are involved with the Court.
Court Liaison services offered by this program include:
- Responding to calls inquiring about available CSB services for youth and families
- Scheduling and completing initial limited assessments to identify areas of concern and offer available resources and services to address these concerns
- Assisting with referrals to appropriate services within the CS
- Offering referrals, linkage and support in accessing services in the community able to meet their needs
- Offering short-term intervention services to encourage follow-through with referrals
- Completing Substance Abuse diversion assessments for Court
- Conducting random urine drug screens as appropriate
- Collaborating with other CSB programs and community agencies - DHS (Department of Human Services); NCSU (Norfolk Court Services Unit); NPS (Norfolk Public Schools)
Norfolk Juvenile Detention
The Norfolk CSB offers counseling, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, services to the youth housed at the Norfolk Detention Center and their families in an effort to identify youth with significant mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Our goal is to provide appropriate services both during placement and post release to try to reduce the incidence of recidivism
Since detention placement is generally short-term in nature, Norfolk CSB staff will work simultaneously with Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center staff to identify youth who could benefit from our services. Any CSB staff assigned to a youth in detention will be involved in the development of the youth’s treatment plan, and each will be responsible for specific interventions. When appropriate, a therapist is available to provide clinical assessments for access to additional Norfolk CSB services, short term crisis intervention, and both therapeutic and educational groups. This will facilitate planning and scheduling of the follow-up treatment necessary for a successful transition back into the community. When clinically indicated, the youth might also be referred to the child psychiatric provider at the CSB for medication management.
In addition to serving youth with diagnosed mental health conditions, we recognize that many youth would benefit from additional psycho-educational support. The CSB Staff will be on site to offer educational groups after the school day has ended to continue addressing the needs of our youth in detention. Education groups may include topics such as:
- Problem Solving
- Substance Abuse
- Get Real About Violence
- Too Good for Drugs
Specialized Services Available with Parental Consent
For youth identified with existing or newly determined needs, we provide services that address specialized mental health needs. These services may include groups that are specifically designed to be therapeutic in nature and will process significant life events including trauma or grief and loss. Individual counseling is also available for youth to work with an experienced therapist on issues that are affecting their ability to function appropriately with peers, family and in the community.
Case management services are also available with parent / guardian consent. The role of the case manager is to assist the youth and their family in preparing for release from detention and putting community services into place so that the youth will have the necessary support upon discharge to be successful in the community.
Juvenile Competency Restoration Services are court ordered education, training, and intensive case management services provided to juveniles who have been found incompetent to stand trial by a Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court.
What is the purpose of Restoration Services?
Virginia’s juvenile competency restoration services are individualized. A competency restoration services plan (CRSP) is created for each juvenile based on his unique strengths and needs.
Each CRSP must include goals, objectives and strategies which are focused on assisting the juvenile to attain sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding, and whether he has a rational, as well as factual, understanding of the proceedings against him as required in Dusky v. United States, 362 U.S. 402 (1960).
Services in Virginia: Once the Commissioner has received the court order for Restoration Services, a Restoration Counselor will be assigned. The assigned Restoration Counselor will contact you to schedule an initial appointment.
How do I request Restoration Services for my child?
Only the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has the statutory authority to arrange for Juvenile Competency Restoration upon receipt of a court order.
Where Will Restoration Services take place?
These individualized education and training services are provided on a one-to-one basis in the least restrictive environment in which the Court permits the juvenile to reside. If the child is permitted to reside at home, these services will typically take place in the child’s home. At times, the parent and the Restoration Counselor can agree on an alternative location in the community such at the Community Services Board office or a local library.
Do I need to be present with my child while they are receiving Restoration Services?
Yes. The Restoration Counselor is not allowed to meet with a minor without the parent/guardian or other responsible adult present.
Children, Teens and Young Adults (Ages 5 to 17)
Robin Hood Road Office
5505 Robinhood Rd., Suite C-1
Norfolk, VA 23513