LPSO Youth Services
LPSO Youth Services provides comprehensive programs and services to at-risk youth in our community. Services are available to any student living in Lafayette Parish. Our goal is to deter at-risk kids out of the adult criminal justice system through early intervention and addressing behavioral, family or substance abuse issues.
Our staff works with the youth and their families to identify services needed. These services could include crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, family counseling, parenting skills and/or a referral to another youth service agency in our community.
School and Educational Programs
Check & Connect: A comprehensive evidence based intervention that is designed to enhance student engagement at school and aid in learning for marginalized and disengaged students in grades six through twelve. This process is facilitated through relationship building, problem solving, capacity building, and persistence. The goal of Check & Connect is to foster school completion with academic and social competency.
Truancy Enforcement: LPSO helps provide truancy enforcement support for the Lafayette Parish Public Schools which has lead to lower truancy rates. LPSO deputies work in partnership with the school system by conducting home visits, contacting truant students, and establishing rapport with both students and their parents.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluations: We can provide substance abuse and mental health evaluations. The evaluations are performed by trained clinicians experienced in diagnosing and counseling persons with mental illness and substance use disorders.
R.E.A.C.H (Reacting Early And Changing Habits): REACH targets youth less than 18 years of age who are juvenile delinquents and/or at risk of becoming delinquents. REACH features an interactive two hour group discussion with inmates and at-risk youth discussing consequences of making negative choices.
C.A.P.E.S. (Coping skills, Anger management, Patience, Empathy, and Social skills): A Cognitive Behavioral Treatment approach that focuses on relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CAPES is designed for adolescents to modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping skills. Approx. 8-16 weeks
Linda Dalton, Youth Services Supervisor
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Teen Intervene: An evidence-based, brief intervention program for teens struggling with problems related to alcohol or other drug use. Teen Intervene aids youth by identifying their rationale for alcohol or drug use, examining the effects of substance abuse in their lives, and educating them on how to make healthier choices. Students in grades nine through twelve are accepted into the program for a period of three to four weeks.
Drug Testing Lab: We offer affordable drug testing services to agencies as well as parents when their child is referred for testing by an authorized agency. Located at our Community Corrections Campus, our drug testing lab is open Monday through Friday from 7a.m.-6:15p.m., and Random Weekends from 8a.m.-11:45a.m. We can test for a variety of drugs including synthetic marijuana. GPS monitoring provides tracking 24 hours a day and assists juveniles with complying with agreed rules and stipulations set by the justice system. A weekly fee is associated with this service.
Each summer, the Youth Services Department hosts a free two-week summer camp for all middle school and high school students. The middle school camp is for incoming 6th through 8th grade students, and the high school camp is for incoming 9th through 12th grade students. The camps are designed to help students develop social skills while participating in physical and group activities including group meetings, community service activities, arts & crafts, and guest speakers.
Referring a Child
Programs and services offered through the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth Services are open to any youth ages 10-17 in the parish. Participants are referred to programs by the Juvenile Assessment Center, a parent or guardian, teachers or school counselors, as well as outside agencies such as Juvenile Probation and Parole Officers.
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth Services works in partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System, the courts, and other community service providers. The services we provide are free of charge to parish residents and are part of our efforts to provide a proactive solution to the school dropout rate as well as to reduce crime and delinquency among our youth by identifying and addressing contributing issues early on.
To make a referral or to get more information call:
337-231-6365 option 4292
LPSO Youth Services programs are located at:
Community Corrections Center, 100 Poydras, Lafayette, LA, 70501
Juvenile Assessment Center
The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) provides treatment diversions in addition to tutoring and community service hours to juveniles who are arrested and escorted on citation by a local law enforcement agency. JAC personnel consists of LPSO deputies who book and process juveniles while providing security support and a trained mental health professional that provides risks and needs assessments for program diversion.
The JAC uses computer based assessment modules that determine specific needs for juveniles that identify possible mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Once identified, the JAC works with parents to recommend a course of action to help place the juvenile in a LPSO Youth Services program. A juvenile may also be referred to other community partners for additional services.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office works closely with Lafayette Consolidated Government, the judicial system, the District Attorney’s Office, the Lafayette Parish School System, area law enforcement, Office of Juvenile Justice, corrections, and a variety of community programs. Together we address a variety of juvenile issues including substance abuse, truancy, school related problems, and various behavioral issues.
For more on how the Juvenile Assessment Center can help contact: