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Scenario
You have been working as a youth counselor/case manager for an agency that
has both residential and non-residential programs. Your supervisor is Jean
Johnson. Federico Vasquez is the newest
client at this facility in the non-residential program for the s tatus offenses
of truancy and unruly behavior. Mr. Vasquez has recently been charged with the criminal offense of
burglary which is a felony. Mr. Vasquez is a 16-year-old hispanic, male who has
a history of alcohol and marijuana abuse. After struggling with behavioral
problems and poor attendance, he recently dropped out of high school. It has
not yet been determined if he has a learning disability or a mental health
diagnosis such as ADD/ADHD. His older brother was removed from the home a year
ago; his mother is on social services and is a recovering opiate addict. He was
physically abused by his father who is now in state prison after being
convicted of burglary. Below are six projects you will work through during the
session, beginning with memos to your supervisor accumulating information
pertaining to Mr. Vasquez and culminating with a memo to the judge arguing
either for or against judicial waiver to adult criminal court.
Assignment
Based on the scenario presented
above, compose a memo to your Supervisor, Jean Johnson, indicating the first
three outside agencies you believe should become involved in this case. Using
your resources, choose from school personnel, CPS, juvenile probation officer,
mental health counselor, substance abuse treatment, a family member, and/or any
other outside agency that offers services appropriate for the defendant. What
information will you need to obtain from each of these agencies? (The memo must include an introductory
paragraph and one paragraph for each of the outside agencies involved in Mr.
Vasquez’s case.) In addition, part two
of the memo will focus on prevention programs, diversion programs and
restorative justice programs that are available for juveniles. Some examples of
these are school programs, wilderness programs, restorative justice programs,
child and family services, federal programs and treatment/therapeutic courts,
etc. Select two types of programs you believe would be appropriate for and
would benefit Mr. Vasquez. Compare and contrast these two programs as they
apply to Mr. Vasquez and make a recommendation as to which you feel would be
the more effective option. Be sure to review your instructor’s comments and
incorporate the feedback into your submission. Please review the template for
this memo below: (Approximate length: 1-2 pages).

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