505 KAR 2:150. Programs.


      RELATES TO: KRS 15A.210-15A.240


      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 15A.210 requires the Department of Juvenile Justice to promulgate administrative regulations governing the operation of juvenile detention centers and juvenile holding facilities, including programs and services. This administrative regulation governs programs and services at juvenile detention centers and juvenile holding facilities.


      Section 1. (1) The facility shall provide or make available the following minimum services and programs consistent with federal law to adjudicated and preadjudicated juveniles:

      (a) An education program;

      (b) Visitation with parents, guardians or persons exercising similar custodial control or supervision;

      (c) Private communication with visitors and staff;

      (d) Counseling;

      (e) Continuous supervision of living units;

      (f) Medical services;

      (g) Food services;

      (h) Recreation and exercise; and

      (i) Reading materials.

      (2) Assessment for education programs and services shall be initiated for all juveniles as soon as they are admitted to living units.

      (3) Educational opportunities shall be made available to all juveniles within ten (10) days of admission, except if there is substantial evidence to justify otherwise.

      (4) Educational programs in detention facilities shall be designed to assist detained juveniles in keeping up with their studies.

      (5) Educational supervisors and instructors shall be licensed or approved by the state.

      (6) Formal educational programs shall have a minimum of one (1) teacher for every fifteen (15) students per class period.

      (7) There shall be an annual evaluation to measure the effectiveness of the educational training programs against stated performance objectives.

      (8) The facility shall issue and enforce written policies and procedures that require:

      (a) A recreation and leisure-time plan including at least one (1) hour per day of large muscle activity and one (1) hour of structured leisure-time activity;

      (b) Adherence to dietary and other requirements of various faiths if approved by the religious authority; and

      (c) Staff members to be available to counsel juveniles if requested and on an emergency basis.

      (9) The facility shall have a staff member or trained volun­teer who coordinates and supervises the recreation program.

      (10) A variety of fixed and movable equipment shall be provided for each outdoor recreation area.

      (11) Library services shall be available to all detained juveniles.

      (12) Written policy shall define the principles, purposes and criteria used in the selection and maintenance of library materials.

      (13) There shall be a volunteer staff or a contractual social services program that makes available a range of resources to meet the needs of juveniles, including individual and family counseling and community services, as required.

      (14) Detained juveniles shall be afforded access to religious, mental health counseling and crisis intervention services in accordance with their needs.

      (15) A staff member shall coordinate the facility's religious programs.

      (16) There shall be a system for juveniles and staff to communicate with one another at all times.

      (17) Work assignments shall not conflict with education programs.

      (18) Juveniles shall not be permitted to perform any work prohibited by state and federal child labor laws. (26 Ky.R. 1294; Am. 1552; eff. 2-14-2000.)