Providing Services to Youth in Secure Care

An array of treatment and program services is available for youth in OJJ secure care facilities.
Youth receive various services based on assessments.

All youth participate in LAMOD (the Louisiana Model for Secure Care). LAMOD is an integral part of the juvenile justice reform movement. With assistance from the Missouri Youth Services Institute (MYSI), OJJ and the Casey Strategic Consulting Group (CSCG) designed LAMOD, an approach tailored to Louisiana’s unique environment, dynamics, and needs. LAMOD provides a therapeutic environment that focuses on youth and staff interacting in small groups, involving family, and fostering positive peer culture.  LAMOD prepares youth for re-entry into the community as productive citizens.

Other treatment services and programs include:

  • Thinking for a Change
  • Anger Management -Cage Your Rage
  • Victim Awareness Program
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Pre-Release Preparation
  • Parenting
  • Healthy Masculinity
  • Juvenile Understanding and Managing Problematic Behavior Program (JUMP) Sexual Treatment Units
  • FAST Track (Swanson)
  • Mental Health Treatment Unit (Swanson)
  • Transitional Mental Health Unit (Swanson)

Health Services

The Office of Juvenile Justice contracts with a provider for comprehensive medical, mental health and dental care for youth housed in our secure care facilities. Quality health-related services are provided through a multidisciplinary team approach, which acknowledges the needs of youth, delivers clinically appropriate and medically necessary services, and promotes healthy behaviors and lifestyle changes to encourage prevention and wellness.

Upon admission, each youth receives a comprehensive health care screening that includes a health history, complete physical examination, immunization status and administration of missed vaccines, dental evaluation and prophylaxis, vision screening, hearing screening, psychiatric evaluation as indicated, and routine laboratory studies.

Physician, psychiatric, and dental services are provided at each site.  Additionally, registered nurses manage and coordinate the health care needs of our youth.  Nurses conduct sick call, pill call, and health education, and serve as liaisons between on-site and off-site providers 24 hours a day.  Each facility has a well-equipped infirmary, staffed by qualified medical personnel at all times.

Referrals, follow-up health care and treatment are arranged with community partners.  In addition, each site has a provision for emergency medical care should it become necessary.


Wellpath is a national leader in the provision of day-to-day health care programs in the correctional healthcare field, and currently oversees care for over 56,500 individuals daily.  Wellpath offers quality programs, strong employee training initiatives and an excellent history of resource management.  Wellpath brings a solutions-based approach to care and depth of experience, with juvenile facility accreditation by the American Correctional Association, making the company a well-qualified partner with the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice in the provision of health services to the juveniles housed in their secure care facilities.  Through this partnership, Wellpath provides daily management of medical, dental, and mental health needs for the youth in these facilities.