LA Coordinated System of Care

Agency Structure

The Office of Juvenile Justice consists of seven programs: Administration, Swanson Center for Youth, Jetson Center for Youth, Bridge City Center for Youth, Field Services, Contract Services and Local Housing for Juvenile Offenders.

  • Administration supports the statewide continuum of services and oversight, and provides guidance for staff, such as human resources, information technology, legal support, investigative services, budget, fiscal, and Continuous Quality Improvement Services (CQIS).
  • The secure care programs are housed at Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe (SCYM) and Columbia (SCYC), Jetson Center for Youth (JCY) in Baker, near Baton Rouge, and Bridge City Center for Youth (BCCY) in Jefferson Parish.
  • Field Services provides support and services to youth through supervision across the continuum of care, including youth on probation and parole.
  • Contract Services assists families and youth in their own communities, providing services by professionals in the community. Contracted services include residential programming, local probation and other community-based providers.
  • Local Housing for Juvenile Offenders pays for the care of juveniles while they are in local detention and shelter facilities.

Roles of Agency Staff

The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the governor, serves as the agency head, and is responsible for all operations. Reporting to the Deputy Secretary are:

The Assistant Secretary is responsible for system-wide services to youth, oversight of all probation and parole regional offices, community supervision services, and oversight of operations of the secure care facilities, including treatment, eudcation and program services and environment.  The Assistant Secretary supervises:

Three Regional Directors, each responsible for oversight of all functions and operations of the Community Based Services Regional Offices and the secure care facility in their assigned region.  They supervise:

  • Regional Managers, the chief administrators for the 11 regional offices, which provide support and services to youth through supervision across the continuum of care, including youth on probation and parole. Regional Offices
  • Facility Directors, the chief administrators of the secure care facilities. Secure Care

The Undersecretary is responsible for the Office of Management and Finance which includes Accounting, Budget, Human Resources, Procurement, Contract/Grant Services and Information Technology. These are names of sections on CO.

The Chief of Operations oversees Continuous Quality Improvement Services (CQIS). CQIS designs and implements quality review processes for the secure care facilities and community-based services. This area also includes Investigative Services, the arm of the agency that investigates all allegations of abuse of staff and youth, accidents and serious injuries, escapes, and any other investigations that the director of a secure care facility or the Deputy Secretary may request. In addition CQIS maintains a Data Warehouse for OJJ. Continuous Quality Improvement Services (CQIS)

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations, Communications and Training handles special assignments and supervises Staff Development and Communications. (Special Projects)

The Family Liaison serves as the contact for stakeholders, the judiciary, community organizations and families of OJJ youth in need of assistance with agency matters, advocates for youth and families, and monitors complaints by youth and families.   Family Liaison

The Director of Communications provides public/media relations, management of all press requests, and creation of printed materials, videos, etc. (Newsroom Overview)

The General Counsel/Legal Services manages legal matters, which include youth legal services, contractual review, legal policy and personnel review actions. Law and Policy