MCJAS

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LINDA MARTIN ATTENTION CENTER


Administrator - Emily Moore

6807 NonPariel Road - Route 4

Wooster, Ohio 44691

20 bed secure facility

Serves males and females

Built in 1975

Located in Wayne County

 

The Linda Martin Attention Center is a 20 bed facility that serves male and female youth under the age of 19. It is also used to house youth from the other three attention centers for safety and overcrowding reasons. It is located in the middle of a field in beautiful Wayne County making it an ideal location for a secure facility. The center is licensed by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The Center was re-dedicated in 2001 as The Linda Martin Attention Center in honor of Linda Martin, a former Wayne County Juvenile Chief Probation Officer, original MCJAS Board of Trustees member and founding member of 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.

A major component of the center is the Responsible Behavior Program. The Program encompasses seven progressive levels. Youth earn their way to higher levels by demonstrating pro-social behavior and personal responsibility. Each level offers youth more privileges. Youth can also loose privileges through the program for major and minor behavior violations. Youth are provided clear direction and simple rules through our program that also identifies the strengths in each child and emphasizes them.

The education program for the center is provided through the Tri-Way Local School District. High standards are set for all youth. The youth often find that they can be more successful at their school work based on the class sizes and challenging work. This is largely due to the teachers who work diligently to make sure that each youths needs are met regardless of their grade level. A high premium is set on reading and the Librarian from our Fredericksburg Library routinely brings in a wide variety of books for the youth to check out. 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 also available and physical exercise is scheduled daily.

The priority for programming within the center is to help and teach youth positive decision making skills, appropriate self control, discipline, self respect and respect for others. The staff at the center really make a difference by involving themselves in the activities scheduled for the youth. Day staff ensures that all youth are participating in the education provided and keeping the building clean. Evening staff engage youth in physical activates such as volleyball and incorporate life skill programming into the days' busy schedule.

The staff at the center work hard to meet the needs of the youth they serve through like skills training. This includes budgeting, career choices, proper hygiene and healthy living to name a few. The entire life skills program is designed to assist youth in working on better problem solving and a variety of skills to assist them when they return home.

Professional counseling is available through each countys Juvenile Court. MCJAS provides a suicide intervention specialist to assist with youth throughout the system.  

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. The Martin Center is working to develop relationships with the county agencies such as Counseling Center and Health Department to lend their expertise to educate youth on a variety of subjects that affect them.

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. We are striving to develop a positive atmosphere of self worth with a respect and empathy towards others.

 

 

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