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Residential  programs provide rehabilitative facilities for treatment to Office of Juvenile  Affairs (OJA) youth, who have been adjudicated as Youthful Offenders or delinquents and placed in OJA custody.

OJA Residential Placement Support Division
Carol Miller, Deputy Director

Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC) 
700 S. 9th St.
Tecumseh, OK 74873-4636

COJC is an up to 144-bed secure care treatment facility located in Tecumseh, Oklahoma, on 40 acres of a 147.7-acre plat. Legislation was approved in 2017 that allowed OJA to build on the grounds of COJC a state-of-the-art campus for young people receiving secure care treatment. It serves as the single secure care facility operated by the agency as operations from two other centers were centralized onto the new campus. COJC has been operational since 1917. It has gone through many transformations over the years and was formerly known as the Russell Industrial School, Oklahoma State Industrial School for Incorrigible Girls, the State Industrial School for White Girls, Girls Town and Central Oklahoma Juvenile Treatment Center. It has been known as COJC [koh-jak] since August of 1992. Through the transitions it has served as a facility for orphans, children in need of mental health treatment, delinquents and youthful offenders. It was previously operated by the Department of Human Services but has been under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs since 1995.

COJC strives to be an integral part of the Tecumseh, Shawnee and surrounding communities. We accomplish this by reaching out to local non-profits and public organizations to allow our community level residents to assist them in a variety of local projects that enhance the quality of the community as a whole. COJC leadership participates in the local community advisory board with non-profits, business owners, and religious organizations. We understand that the people who live and work near the COJC are our neighbors. Being a good neighbor is a core value of our relationship with the community.

COJC is accredited by American Correctional Association (ACA) and licensed by the OJA Office of Public Integrity. COJC is certified through Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and participates in Performance Based Standards (PbS).

COJC provides care, guidance, discipline, education, rehabilitation and reintegration services for male youth between the ages of 14-19. Residents of COJC have been adjudicated by the court as a Delinquent or Youthful Offender (YO), are in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs and meet the requirements for placement in a secure treatment facility.

Psychological services will be provided which includes a range of resources appropriate to the needs of juveniles. The services will include individual, group, and family counseling. Upon admission the juvenile is assessed for mental health issues which include suicidal tendencies. Juveniles will be re-assessed if there is a change in their behavioral or mental health status. Follow-up services will be provided as needs are determined.

The program provides for early identification and treatment of juveniles with substance abuse problems through a standardized assessment tools, and for the clinical management of clinically dependent juveniles. Individualized treatment plans will be developed and will include the juvenile’s chemical dependence needs.

Comprehensive, systematic, and specialized intervention for juveniles adjudicated for sexual offenses is essential to minimize recidivism. The approach is cognitive-behavioral and abuse specific treatment which includes educational interventions; an extensive set of tasks and assignments; along with individual, group, and family counseling.

The programs have been created to stimulate a juvenile’s personal growth and development. The benefits received are dependent on the juvenile’s willingness to cooperate with staff and maintain appropriate behavior. The entire process begins with a juvenile’s commitment to do their best while assigned to the facility.

COJC Treatment Programs

COJC offers many treatment services to assist residents and address the issues that led to their placement at the facility and to help them prepare for a successful return to their community once they have completed the program. The facility prepares the residents to accept responsibility for their behaviors and understand the obligation each individual has to maintain a safe community.

  • Ged Preparation
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Parenting
  • Independent Living Services
  • Gang Intervention Treatment
  • Credit Recovery Program
  • Religious Services
  • Career Technology
  • Family Therapy Sessions
  • Reintegration Service And Referrals
  • Volunteer/Mentor Program
  • Act Preparation
  • Stem Classes
  • Work Program
  • Social Skills Group
  • Cognitive Focused Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)
  • Family Engagement
  • Aggression Replacement Therapy Groups
  • Process Groups
  • Youthful Offender Groups
  • Chemical Dependency Groups
  • Individual Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Aa / Na / Celebrate Recovery
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior Groups
  • High School Education
  • Mentoring
  • Monthly Birthday Parties
  • Community Events
  • Community Outings
  • Structured Recreation Activities
  • Intramural Sports
  • Leisure Activities
  • Organized Athletic Teams
  • Art/Music TherapyExperiential Therapeutic Recreation Program