MCJAS

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Linda Martin Attention Center

6807 Nonpariel Road, Route 4

Wooster, Ohio 44691

 

Leon Horton, Administrator

    

The Linda Martin Attention Center is one of four secure Multi-County Juvenile Attention System juvenile detention facilities serving our five-county system. We house male and female youth in a twenty bed facility that was dedicated in April of 1975 as the Wayne-Holmes Attention Center. The Center was re-dedicated in 2001 as The Linda Martin Attention Center in honor of Ms. Linda Martin. Ms. Martin is a former Wayne County Juvenile Chief Probation Officer, an original MCJAS Board of Trustees member, and founding member of MCJAS. Ms. Martin is recognized for her many years of dedicated service to the youth and families of Wayne County and the entire Multi-County Juvenile Attention System.

Commitment and dedication from our staff members and the Wayne County Juvenile Court has made a positive difference in the lives of many young people who have passed through our doors. From the beginning until the present, the MCJAS mandate of helping and teaching youth positive decision making skills, appropriate self control, discipline, and the respect of self and others has been a priority in all youth programming.

Youth at the Linda Martin Attention Center are brought to the Center primarily by Wayne County law enforcement, Wayne County Juvenile Court personnel, and from transfers within MCJAS. The primary goal of the Center is to carry out the mandates of the Ohio Revised Code by providing safe, secure, and humane temporary custody of youth held by the Juvenile Courts, length of stay is determined by the Courts. The Center utilizes a Responsible Behavior Program, which teaches our youth how to identify, change and control negative behavior. Our program teaches self accountability and ownership of negative actions, emphasizing consistent positive decision making and behavior. The Responsible Behavior Program is a behavior modification level system that rewards positive behavior, accountability for negative behavior and can be adjusted to meet specific behavior needs of an individual juvenile.

Academic programming is provided through the Tri-Way Local School District, within the facility. Educational staff members consist of a principal, two teachers and a teachers aid, and if needed assistance from staff members. Curriculum consists of courses in Mathematics, Reading, English, Social Studies, Physical Education and necessary courses to meet the needs of the youth. On line courses are now available for some students as part of our academic options. A variety of indoor and outdoor recreational activities (sports and games) are available and physical exercise is scheduled daily. Meals are prepared daily by two Cooks and our Medical Department is headed by a fulltime Registered Nurse. 

An active group of volunteers add greatly to the facilities programming. Volunteers participate in arts and crafts, gardening, various activities and conducting religious services. Local civic organizations and individuals have presented programs and donations to the facility and MCJAS.

Professional counseling is available through each countys Juvenile Court, we also provide MCJAS counselors who address specific problems and needs of our youth.Our staff members attempt to meet the needs of our youth in various programs such as a life skills program, exercise, tutoring, court orders, and community service hour completion.

We believe that each youth who enters our program will leave pointed in a positive direction, through teaching and expectation of discipline, positive decision making and behavior. Striving too develop a positive atmosphere of self worth with a respect and empathy towards others.

 

 

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