Juvenile Services

Juvenile Court Process

Coordination of Services (COS)

700 S. Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211

Titled the POWER Program (Providing Opportunities While Ending Recidivism), this is an evidence-based program offered to youth ages 10-17 who are currently considered low risk, and their parents, guardians or connected adults.  Goals of this program are to prevent recidivism and risky behaviors, improve relationships between the youth and their caregivers, and connect families to services in the community.

Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center (JIAC)

700 S. Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211

This 24/7 program receives referrals from law enforcement agencies and the district attorney's staff. However, JIAC is willing to offer referrals to families that call in for help.

The center works with an average of 150 referred youth each month. When the youth arrives at JIAC, an intake questionnaire is done. This consists of gathering information about the youth concerning family, school history, peer relationships, substance abuse, and mental and physical health. An assessment is done from this information in consultation with law enforcement and the youth's parents. Based on this process, recommendations and referrals are made that could be helpful for the youth.

The strategy is to intervene early and prevent youth from getting more deeply involved in the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF)

700 S. Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211

This 24-hour detention facility is for male and female offenders between the ages of 10 and 18 who are awaiting court hearings or placement into residential correctional facilities.

Juvenile Residential Facility (JRF)

881 S. Minnesota, Wichita, KS 67211

This non-secure, but supervised living facility serves juveniles between the ages of 10 and 18 who require detention services but do not require secure confinement.

Home-Based Services (HBS)

700 S. Hydraulic, Wichita, KS 67211

This alternative detention program diverts appropriate juveniles from the juvenile detention facility (JDF) to their own homes under close supervision of staff members.

Judge James V. Riddel Boys and Girls (JRBG) Alternative Program

At the July 22, 2015 Board of County Commission meeting a new approach and program was approved as an alternative to reopening the former JRBR residential facility at Lake Afton. The new program builds upon and expands delivery of crime-reducing programming and best practices in family engagement to local system-involved youth and their families. The new program was named by commissioners in honor of the late Judge James V. Riddel, and to carry-on the vision of the community program he was instrumental in establishing in 1961.