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Probation & Parole

Duties and Responsibilities of the Probation and Parole Officer (PPO)

The PPO assists youth and families in navigating the juvenile justice system. He/she supervises, advocates, refers, and coordinates services for youth and their families, which assists them in becoming productive citizens. The PPO helps youth adhere to the conditions set forth by the court and holds youth accountable for his actions. PPOs provide consistent management of services based on youth’s individual needs.

Duties and responsibilities of PPOs are extensive and varied. A PPO may:

  • serve as case manager
  • complete intake process, if applicable
  • make recommendations for probation and parole conditions
  • attend court, testify, and provide information to the court
  • complete Pre-dispositional Investigation and Social History
  • complete orientation process with youth and family
  • assist youth in understanding and complying with the court order
  • hold youth accountable for conditions of the court order and the service plan
  • conduct a risk/needs assessment
  • obtain additional information (health and school records, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.)
  • develop the Individual Service Plan (ISP) based on needs identified in initial assessments and review with appropriate staff and providers
  • maintain regular contact with youth and family, according to supervision standards
  • update information in the case management system
  • build a working relationship with youth’s family to promote successful service delivery
  • conduct consistent curfew checks and/or home visits
  • conduct drug screens within 30 days of case assignment and regular intervals according to the level of supervision
  • arrange and provide transportation for youth and families as needed
  • initiate and/or participate in all staffings (meetings to discuss the youth’s progress)
  • be familiar with office technology and possess typing skills for input and documentation of case-specific information and events
  • serve as the link between home, community, school and the juvenile justice system
  • coordinate services to provide educational, vocational, and treatment opportunities for youth to obtain skills, promoting successful maintenance within the community and/or reintegration into the community
  • facilitate communication between staff and parents through increased utilization of contacts and technology
  • submit modification to OJJ attorneys and file modifications with the court and make necessary recommendations
  • determine youth probation/parole violations
  • complete initial custody classification
  • complete a packet on youth to disseminate to facilities
  • coordinate youth’s placement into custody
  • maintain consistent contact with youth and residential facility staff
  • develop and implement aftercare plans for youth in residential programs and make recommendations regarding the aftercare and permanent plan, ensuring family involvement
  • complete home study
  • supervise and monitor furloughs and home passes
  • initiate interstate compact application process on youth
  • serve as duty officer
  • collaborate with other agencies
  • possess knowledge of youth treatment programs
  • understand mandatory reporting procedures
  • assist in apprehension of runaway youth and absconders
  • execute verified complaints
  • possess knowledge of services provided by community-based programs, residential, and secure care treatment programs
  • enhance skills and knowledge through staff development
  • provide excuse letters for youth and parent/guardian following appointment with probation/parole officer