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Class Code: 355G
Category: Social Services


Manages a caseload of juveniles, documents and reviews case files on parole; determines the treatment, management and security needs of youths; ensures all treatment, management and security needs are me.

Distinguishing Characteristics

In a juvenile rehabilitation community or institutional facility, provides individual and group counseling, conducts case management, and develops treatment plans and reentry plans to an assigned caseload of youth; conducts behavior management for an assigned caseload of youth.

As a juvenile parole counselor, develops and implements parole conditions including treatment plans, provides individual, group and family counseling, management and placement plans for rehabilitation, creates or implements transition plans for youth and their families, monitors youth under electronic surveillance, or conducts behavior management for an assigned caseload of youth.

Typical Work

Conducts initial intake of youth committed to Juvenile Rehabilitation and of youth on parole;

Directs placement of youth; conducts community assessments on parolees; supervises youth on parole and on leave from institutions; visits youth in institutions and facilities; prepares reports;

Tracks youth’s progress through files, telephone contacts with facilities and other juvenile rehabilitation counselors;

Leads and defines tasks for a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor 1;

Provides counseling in specialized treatment areas, such as alcohol and substance abuse, sexual deviancy, gang issues, mental illness;

Manages various aspects of community program to include school, drug/alcohol treatment, sex offender services, employment and training;

Provides individual, family and group counseling; facilitates treatment group sessions; serves as liaison between youths, family, court, providers and community; attends hearings when assigned youths are involved; identifies and assesses specific problems, causes and conditions for referral of youth to in/out-patient services, pre-treatment and aftercare services;

Attends alcohol and substance abuse college classes to obtain and maintain the

Qualified Chemical Dependency Certification as required by the Division of Alcohol/Substance Abuse; prepares training on substance abuse issues for residential and community staff;

Communicates treatment and management plans to staff, youths, families, courts, providers and others;

Assists youth in coordinating payments on fines to court; monitors youth personal savings and bank accounts; tracks and receives all incoming/outgoing funds; maintains ledgers and coordinates payment services;

Communicates with law enforcement agencies regarding the apprehension and return of absconders; utilizes sentencing documents, to determine release dates and makes supervision recommendations; assists with youths’ transition into the community;

Initiates warrants and/or parole revocation proceedings; testifies in court and/or administrative hearings; conducts compliant arrests;

Conducts pre-release or leave investigations to evaluate the risk and/or readiness; communicates and plans for parole with youth, family, and institution or facility;

Serves as liaison and maintains and monitors contact between youth and family, community, courts, schools, employers, law enforcement, probation officers and treatment providers;

Attends and may testify at court hearings for assigned youths involved in legal proceedings regarding recommendations or as an expert witness; shares testimony with supervisor; serves as liaison with local police;

Prepares written and verbal case reports and documentation; prepares record of review boards and various reports; coordinates transition of youth and completes reports; provides technical assistance and support to provide residential staff; conducts intervention with youth during critical situations; assists in identifying training needs for youth;

Distributes and monitors medications to youth;

Completes parole reports, collateral contacts, and monthly reports; maintains list of youths and logs youth behavior reports from facilities;

Revises, implements and oversees individualized Community Transition Services reentry plan for Community Transition Services accepted youth;

Identifies risk and/or needs for Community Transition Services individuals using approved assessment(s) and develops a responsive reentry plan that aligns with the individual’s risk factors and needs;

Ensures access to community based quality reentry services and programs;

Plans, organizes and supervises youths in individual and group activities including social, leisure time and recreation;

Escorts and transports youth to and from activities and appointments off and on campus; screens visitors and monitors visits; inspects and screens packages and items received from visitors;

Obtains medical, dental, psychiatric and psychological services as necessary for youth;

Collects urinalysis samples for assigned caseload; ensures samples go out and results are returned; signs in logs;

Intervenes in crisis situations such as suicide attempts and physical altercations; monitors youth on suicide watch; de-escalates crisis situations and intervenes to de-escalate altercations;

Participates in searches for absconders; follows absconder notification procedures.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: causes and treatment of juvenile legal system involved young people; human growth and adolescent development; state juvenile justice system; operating principles and treatment philosophy of a juvenile rehabilitation system; interagency procedures; state laws, regulations and administrative codes pertaining to juvenile legal system involved young people determinate sentencing; crisis intervention and processes and techniques of de-escalation of situations; work group supervision and facilitation of youths; management and supervisory theory and practices; case management; community resources; verbal and written communication; report writing; negotiation and mediation techniques; community networking; contract negotiation and writing.

Ability to: apply and implement juvenile rehabilitation system laws, policies, procedures and philosophy; interview and counsel youths; motivate youths and maintain organization; recognize and identify problems and needs of youths; assess crisis and problematic situations; remain calm, take control and de-escalate dangerous situations; gain confidence and trust of youths; use authority constructively; provide individual, group, and family counseling; direct and supervise groups; direct and supervise staff; manage and implement projects and programs; negotiate and write contracts; communicate clearly and effective verbally and in writing; network with groups, agencies and community; represent agency i a professional and positive manner.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

One year as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor 1.


A Bachelor’s degree from a Council for Higher Education Accreditation certified institution involving major study in psychology, sociology, social work, social sciences, or an allied field,


One year of professional experience in casework, counseling, probation and parole, social services, planning, directing and/or facilitating youth group activities or experience in a related field.

A Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, social work, social sciences, or in an allied field will substitute for the one year of experience.

A valid driver’s license is required for these positions.

Class Specification History

New class: 5-10-86 (effective 7/1/96).
New class code: (formerly 36182) effective July 1, 2007.
Revises desirable qualifications, effective December 23, 2011.
Base range salary adjustment adopted June 29, 2022, effective July 1, 2022.
Revises job class title, definition, typical work, and desirable qualifications, adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.