OJJ COMPLETES EVACUATION OF YOUTH FACILITIES
Bridge City Center for Youth evacuated its residents today, arriving at Jetson Center for Youth in Baker, near Baton Rouge, at 9 a.m. A total of 111 youth were evacuated, including 100 BCCY youth and 11 evacuated to BCCY yesterday from detention centers in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. BCCY staff accompanied the youth and will stay with them at Jetson until they return to BCCY when conditions allow. Staff from OJJ’s Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe travelled to Jetson to assist with the move.
The Office of Juvenile Justice yesterday coordinated movement of youth housed in coastal parish juvenile detention centers to safer locations inland. Parish detention centers in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. James, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Martin, Lafayette and Calcasieu have moved youth, who will be housed in facilities from Baton Rouge to north Louisiana, during the emergency period.
OJJ youth arrived at their temporary domicile with personal, medical and legal records, clothing, personal items, bedding and supplies. OJJ staff have contacted parents and guardians to apprise them of the youths’ location and make sure they know their children are safely housed and properly supervised. Youth will receive educational, medical and mental health services wherever they are in residence.
Facilities have been engaged to shelter and house BCCY staff and their families who evacuated from the New Orleans/Jefferson Parish area, and will work temporary duty at Jetson.
Probation and Parole Officers from OJJ's regional offices in the northern part of the state are on alert to assist in covering the duties of south Louisiana staff who will need to care for their families.
Parents may call 800.594.3941 for information.