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Community Based Services Division

The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) Community Based Services Division is comprised of several subdivisions:

Program Managers and Administrators 

Juvenile Services Unit and Field Operations

Community Based Youth Services

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Federal Funding Unit.


State Office

Administrators and Program Managers provide program development, consultation, as well as contract reviews and monitoring to ensure all contractors and providers are within contractual mandates and requirements. Programming, oversight and monitoring responsibilities include the Placement Unit, OJJDP and Federal Funding, Community Based Group Homes, Juvenile Detention Centers, Secure Transportation, and County Jail Inspections. OJA partners with various agencies and providers to collaborate on how to most effectively and efficiently serve the youth and families of Oklahoma.

  • Placement Unit

    The Placement Unit is responsible for authorizing and ensuring the appropriate placement of all youth newly committed or recommitted to the custody of OJA by statewide district courts or those custody youth requiring a change of placement.

    An appropriate placement is considered one which best meets the treatment needs of the youth while affording adequate protection of the public, utilization of the least restrictive mandates and when possible, is in the closest proximity to the youth’s home. Placement possibilities include: therapeutic foster care, specialized community home, group homes or secure care treatment facilities.
  • Community Based Group Homes

    OJA currently contracts with thirteen (13) group homes for a total of 188 beds across the State. The length of stay (LOS) can be up to seven (7) months. These group homes provide a highly structured environment where OJA custody youth receive treatment, education, medical care, recreation, independent living and social skills. Crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day in these staff secure group homes. Several group homes specialize in different areas such as CareerTech programming, problematic sexual behavior treatment and mental health issues.
  • Juvenile Detention Centers

    OJA contracts with county commissioners for secure detention services and adheres to the State Plan for the Establishment of Juvenile Detention Services. Juvenile detention centers can house youth upon initial arrest, pre-adjudicatory youth awaiting court and those youth pending OJA placement outside the home.

There are currently thirteen (13) detention centers across the state that provide beds for both males and females.


District and Shelter Maps

The Juvenile Services Division includes program, administrative staff, field and supervisory staff in all seventy-seven (77) counties, known as the Juvenile Services Unit (JSU). Program responsibilities at the State Office include the Placement Unit, Juvenile Detention Centers, Group Homes, Specialized Community Home, Therapeutic Foster Care and Secure Transportation. Administrative Staff and Program Managers provide program development, consultation, as well as contract reviews and monitoring to ensure all contractors are within contractual mandates and requirements. JSU is comprised of seven (7) Districts across the state to provide services and supervision for both pre- and post-adjudicatory youth on a local level. JSU staff maintains an active role in their communities and in a partnership with the Judiciary, District Attorneys, law enforcement and youth serving agencies, all while working together in an effort to develop community-based resources for juveniles and their families throughout the State.

Below is the contact information for each District across the State of Oklahoma. Click on each District below to automatically be taken to that office contact information.

Statewide District Map

Shelters Map


Youth Service Agency Allocation FY2021

Juvenile Services Unit (JSU) and Field Operations

JSU provides intake, assessment, treatment planning, probation and parole services, supervision as well as reintegration to juveniles in all seventy-seven counties, except for those with duly constituted Juvenile Bureaus. The Juvenile Bureaus are located in Canadian, Comanche, Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. In those four (4) counties, JSU provides parole and reintegration services.

Services provided to youth are balanced with prevention, education, treatment and accountability to ensure public safety. A full continuum of services is provided to encourage and enhance positive, law-abiding behavior. Youth are provided a thorough risk and needs assessment, individualized treatment plan or rehabilitation plan along with services and programs designed to meet their needs and build upon their strengths.

JSU staff participate in all court proceedings for all Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The continuum of care starts at the time a youth and their family come into a JSU office. Any proceedings that follow the initial contact with OJA will be supervised by JSU. Local JSU staff will follow the juveniles from intake, through the court process, out of home placement (if necessary) and in their return to the community.

JSU staff maintain an active role in their communities and in partnership with local Judiciary, District Attorneys, law enforcement and youth serving agencies to develop community based resources for youth and families throughout Oklahoma.

Community Based Youth Services

This branch of CBS works to ensure that quality counseling, outreach, intervention, diversion, and emergency shelter services are available to any youth across the state. This unit contracts with 39 Youth Service agencies to provide, with no requirement to pay or be insured, programs that intervene with at-risk youth and families which strengthen their relationships, life skills, and overall functioning so that they may be diverted from future juvenile justice involvement. Thousands of youth each year benefit from these services, leading to decreased rates of youth crime and smaller juvenile justice caseloads. The five (5) major service areas provided include:

  1. Shelters (23)
  2. First Time Offender Program (FTOP)
  3. Outreach and counseling
  4. Community at Risk Services (CARS) and Re-Entry
  5. Botvin Life Skills

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Federal Funding

The OJJDP Unit ensures OJA remains in compliance with the federal laws regarding the treatment of youth in the juvenile justice system according to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. They monitor, manage, and direct the State’s Plan to maintain compliance with the 4 Core Requirements of the JJDP Act:

  • Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders;
  • Jail Removal;
  • Sight and Sound Separation;
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact

In addition, the OJJDP Unit manages, monitors, and directs federal Delinquency Prevention grants and Juvenile Graduated Sanction grants based upon a Restorative Justice model.

OJA receives Medicaid funds from the Title XIX Social Security Act and the Federal Funding Unit is responsible for providing training, technical support and monitoring field and residential case records surrounding the collection of these funds in two program areas: 1) Targeted Case Management (TCM) and 2) Residential Behavioral Management Services (RBMS). TCM funds are provided to administer targeted case management services to eligible clients in accordance with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s rules and requirements. OJA’s objective in this area is to provide medical assistance and related services to juveniles under supervision and their families. RBMS has rules requiring minimal therapeutic treatment for juveniles placed in community residential programs including psychological, behavioral, emotional and social needs that require more intensive care than can be provided in a family or foster home setting.

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