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					    Lorain County
Domestic Relations Court

The Court
     Lorain County Justice Center
     225 Court Street
     2nd and 4th Floor
     Elyria, Ohio 44035

Off Site Locations
    Community Intervention Program
     320 N. Gateway Blvd. - 3rd Floor
     Elyria, Ohio 44035

     Juvenile Facilities Complex:
                     Pathways, 1076 Infirmary Road
                     Stepping Stone, 1064 Infirmary Road
                     Turning Point, 1080 Infirmary Road
                     Multi-Purpose/Administration, 1070 Infirmary Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035

     Boys and Girls Detention Home, 9967 S. Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035

  Judge David A. Basinski

  Judge Debra L. Boros

  Judge David J. Berta
Mission Statement

 The primary goal of the Juvenile Court is
  to reform and deter delinquent behavior.
 Unlike the adult system, punishment is not
  the focus.
 Serve the citizens of Lorain County in a fair
  and timely fashion
 Provide “best practice” solutions and
  programming to families.
How can the public access
court services?
   Unofficial Complaints
-These “pink” sheets can be submitted by parents/legal guardians
     or members of the community (School Officials, LCCS, Probation
- Reviewed by the Intake Department for consideration of a STATUS
- If complaint includes element of a crime, it will be forwarded to the
     Prosecutor’s Office for review.
- However, the Prosecutor’s Office is reluctant to file a delinquency
     charge solely based on a citizen complaint. Police should be
     called for community incidents (ex.: neighbors disputes and
     foster parent concerns)
Police/Law Enforcement
   Majority of complaints in Juvenile Court result from
    police reports.
   Police can refer a juvenile to the Court by certifying
    their reports to either:

    - Lorain County Juvenile Court for “Status” offenses
    (Violations of Probation, Violations of Parole,
    Tobacco Violations, Curfew, Unruly/Ungovernable)


    - Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office for Delinquency
    School to Court Referrals
   School officials can officially refer the child to the Attendance Officer after 5
    unexcused absences.
   Each school is provided with the appropriate forms and have been made
    aware of the referral process.
   Attendance Officers will investigate the unexcused absences, monitor the
    attendance of those referred to the program and provide interventions to
    address issues that interfere with attendance.
   Conferences are held by the Attendance Officers with the child, parent,
    principal and/or the superintendant (through a step-by-step process); occurs at
    the home, school or the Justice Center.
   Prosecution of parent and/or child may occur after 15 unexcused absences,
    as determined by the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office
   The Attendance Officers may utilize the staff Social Worker (contracted with
    Catholic Charities) or Pro-Se Mediation through the Court’s Mediation
    Program. If the child is over the age of 10, mediation is between the parent
    and child. If under the age of 10, the Attendance Officer develops a case plan
    for the parent.
   Officers may make referrals to the Court’s psycho-educational programs or to
    outside resources (for Drug/Alcohol, Mental Health, Physical Health, etc).
                   Contact Information
      Court Attendance Officers

Dale Bruder (440) 326-4875
                                                      Attendance Program Contacts
     (all Oberlin, Clearview Local, Avon, and Avon
     Lake schools)                                        Patricia Jacobs, Program Manager
                                                                    (440) 326-4875

Micah (Mike) Gibbs (440) 326-4864                            Maureen Falkenstine, LISW
    (All Elyria schools, Westwood Middle, Elyria       (Case Mgr./Social Worker for the Program)
    Early College at LCCC, Firelands Local)                        (440) 326-4879

                                                                    Don Robinson
                                                           Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Jeff Strauch (440) 326-4877                               Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office
      (Lorain County JVS, North Ridgeville,                        (440) 329-5286
      Wellington Exempted Village)

Patty Randall-Hill (440) 326-4871
      (all Midview, Sheffield/Sheffield Lake Local,
     Keystone and Columbia Station schools)
Juvenile Court Legal Process

   Official complaint is filed.
   If the child is not in the Detention Home, an
    arraignment hearing is scheduled by the
    Juvenile Clerks Office. If child is in the DH, an
    arraignment will be held the next working court
   During arraignment, complaint is read to juvenile
    (and parent/guardian) by the Magistrate.
   Rights are read, reviewed for an understanding
    and officially signed by the juvenile and
Legal Process Continued…
 Juvenile is provided the opportunity to
  admit or deny charges.
 If denied, a pre-trial hearing is scheduled.
 Pre-trial provides the juvenile and family
  the opportunity to have conferences with
  an attorney and prosecutor to discuss the
  case and possible resolutions.
 If there is no resolution, a trial is scheduled.
  This provides the attorneys and
  prosecutors the opportunity to bring
  witnesses to court, establish exhibits and
  have a cross examination.
 Juvenile has been “found guilty” via a
  trial or has admitted to delinquency/
  status charges.
 Magistrates/Judges have discretion as to
  what dispositional orders are appropriate
  (“in the best interest of the child”).
 Most likely a referral to the Investigation
  and Referral Team will be made to
  determine appropriate sanctions/ support
  services/court orders.
Investigation and Referral Team
            (I & R)
   Through information gathering, investigation, and
    case assessment

    I & R makes a recommendation to the Court as to
    the appropriate level and type of Court
    intervention for juveniles needing probation

   Case planners review each case prior to disposition
    and develop case plans when needed.
                    I & R cont.
 The process includes a screening (using the MAYSI
  and OHIO SCALES), completion of the DIR
  (Dispositional Investigation Report) and OYAS (Ohio
  Youth Assessment Summary), and review of the
  findings. If warranted, a mental health screening,
  psychological assessment, psychiatric evaluation or an
  alcohol/drug assessment may be arranged.
 Upon referrals to Court programs, the program staff
  will provide input into the case plan development.
  The information will be evaluated and
  recommendations created.
                Contact Information

   Investigation & Referral Team
Anna Cacchione, Program Manager: (440) 329-5656
Judith Padua, Education-Prevention Specialist: (440) 329-5249
Jim Carroll, Case Planner: (440) 328-2212
Drew Coleman, Case Planner: (440) 329-5730
Jennifer Drake, Case Planner: (440) 329-5603
Jean Franz, Case Planner: (440) 329-5262
Jennifer Freeman, Clerk/Assistant: (440) 328-2164
Probation and Youth
   Juvenile Intake             Specialized Services
                                Juvenile Drug Court
   In-Home Detention
                                Family Drug Court
   Community Control
                                Mental Health Court
   Community Intervention
    Program                     Supplemental Programs
Intake magistrates are available twenty-         In-Home Detention
    four hours a day, seven days a week, to         - An alternative to detaining a youth in
    respond to law enforcement’s requests           the Detention Home
    for admissions to the boys and girls’           - Utilized for less serious offenders that
    detention homes.                                do not appear to represent a danger to
                                                    themselves or to the community
This unit also handles the following matters:       - Referrals of higher risk youth often
    - Unofficial complaints                         stipulate the use of electronic monitoring
    - First offense shoplifting cases               equipment
    - Tobacco violations
    - Arraignments on official status and        Adolescent Domestic Violence/Anger
    domestic violence charges                       Management Program:
    - Unofficial hearings for intervention and      - A collaboration between Catholic
    diversion purposes                              Charities and the Court to provide an
    - Ungovernable in School referrals              alternative to post-adjudication
Diversion Program
 Status Community Control
 Supervise Unruly and Ungovernable
  youth who are placed on Community
  Control (Probation).
 Make appropriate referrals for services
  that may benefit the family without an
  official referral for Court intervention.
 Monitor and track the progress or lack
  thereof of the recommendations made
  to the family.
Community Control
   General Community Control
- A Community Control Officer (CCO) monitors the juvenile’s
    compliance of court orders and case plan goals through
    contact with the juvenile, school officials, parents and other
    people significant in the juvenile’s life.
- CCO submits reports to the Court regarding the youth’s progression
    and/or violations while under supervision.
- Rewards and sanctions are administered through continual
    oversight of the juvenile’s progress.
   Monitored Time
-   Youth may not receive direct services (home visits/school visits),
    but are required to report to the Community Control Officer on a
    predetermined basis.
-   Officers oversee the completion of all case plan components
    and make appropriate referrals for additional services, if
-   Youth are placed on this program for a specific period of time
    (30-180 days). These youth must comply with court orders and
    maintain regular contact with the probation department.
Community Control
   Community Intervention Program
Daily Supervision through electronic monitoring, in home meetings, and
   random site visits at school and workplace

Program Components may include:
   Thinking for a Change, Anger Management, Art Expression, Girls’ Circle,
   parenting programs, etc.

Youth are required to participate in community service and recreational
   activities to assist in building appropriate social skills

Referrals to community providers for mental health and substance abuse
   issues are made when necessary

An art therapist is on staff to provide interventions to youth involved in CIP as
   well as other Juvenile Court programs.

Staff conduct a 45-day team meeting (with service providers and the family)
    prior to any Court review hearings to determine any concerns regarding
    case plan compliance and/or interventions that are needed.
Community Control
   Specialized Services
    – Sex Offender Program
      CCO’s supervise juveniles by monitoring their participation in sex offender treatment, and monitor
      the juveniles’ behavior at home, school and in the community.
      Based on age and type of offense the Court may classify an offender as a Sexually Oriented Offender
      Registrant classified by prosecutors in one of three “tiers” based on the degree of risk they pose to
      the community - Tier 1 for low risk, Tier 2 for medium risk and Tier 3 for high risk. As well as being
      subject to JSORN: Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and Notification.
    – Success for Youth
      Programming offers an opportunity to learn social skills, computer training, and job skills to assist
      juveniles in obtaining employment and eventual independence. Success for Youth focuses on males
      and females from Elyria and Lorain, aged 15 – 17, who are experiencing difficulties due to their low
      level of intellectual functioning.

    – MR/DD-MI
      Specialized caseload for youth with mental retardation and/or a significant mental health diagnosis.
      The CCO provides close supervision and facilitates communication between service providers, the
      family, and the Court.

    – Bellefaire JOP/WRAP
      A collaborative effort between the Court, Integrated Services Partnership of the Lorain County, the
      Board of Mental Health and Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau .
      A Community Control Officer works closely with the JOP participants and reports to service providers
      and the Court on the case plan compliance and placement needs/concerns.
                                 Contact Information
   General Community Control
Marci Mahar - (440) 329-5161          – Lorain AKHS, Clearview, General Johnnie Wilson, Vermilion)
Mildred Gonzalez – (440) 329-5305 – Lorain Southview, Whittier Middle, Longfellow Middle, all Lorain
            Elementary schools, Sheffield/Sheffield Lake)
Matthew Koch – (440) 329-5702 – Avon, Avon Lake, Columbia, Firelands, Keystone, Midview, North
            Ridgeville, Wellington)
Steve Medvetz – (440) 329-5543 – Elyria, Oberlin

 Monitored Time Probation
Erica Szilagyi – (440) 326-4885 and Tim Workman – (440) 329-5194

 Specialized Services
Sex Offenses: Jerome Fisher – (440) 326-4893 and Jeff Keiper – (440) 326-4891
MH/MI/JOP: Heather Melendez – (440) 326-4890 and Jim Rufo – (440) 329-5248
Success For Youth: George Harris – (440) 326-4884

 Status Probation/Diversion
Adam Kappa – (440) 326-4005 – Elyria and North Ridgeville
Andrea Delp – (440) 326-4006 – Lorain and all other areas

 In-Home Detention
John Matakovich, Prog. Mgr. – (440) 326-4017                   Courtney Burns, Asst. – (440) 326-4016
    Specialized Dockets
    Juvenile Drug Court                  Family Drug Court                      Mental Health Court
-Rewards based program for            -Family Drug Court assists clients
                                          of Lorain County Children           -A voluntary program that targets
    juveniles who have been                                                        youth with serious mental
    adjudicated delinquent and            Services (LCCS) who are
                                          drug/alcohol dependent and               health concerns.
    have significant drug and
    alcohol issues.                       their children have either been
                                          adjudicated abused, neglected       -Weekly Court sessions to discuss
                                          or dependent, or the clients            progress and monitor school
-Weekly Court sessions to discuss         are involved with LCCS on               progress, mental health
    progress and monitor school           unofficial / In-Home cases.             treatment needs, medication
    progress, drug/alcohol                                                        protocols, parental concerns
    treatment needs, parental                                                     and all other individual case
    concerns and all other case       -Participation in Family Drug Court
                                           is voluntary, but expected             plan components.
    plan components.
                                           once accepted in program.
                                                                              -Focuses on improving the youth’s
-Parents of the youth in the                                                      behavioral and emotional
     program are held accountable     -Weekly court hearings as well as
                                          participation in any services           functioning and strengthens
     for their own substance issues                                               the family’s ability to care for
     and encourage to attend              deemed appropriate by the
                                          Drug Court Team.                        the child within the home,
     treatment of their own, if                                                   reducing the risk for out of
     deemed necessary.                                                            home placement.
                                      -The ultimate goals are for
-Successful completion results in a        participants to retain or regain
                                           custody of their children,         -Successful completion results in a
    graduation ceremony and                                                       graduation ceremony and
    dismissal of charges (via an           working towards completion of
                                           the case plan components,              dismissal of charges (via an
    agreement with the Lorain                                                     agreement with the Lorain
    County Prosecutor’s Office).           and maintaining sobriety.
                                                                                  County Prosecutor’s Office).
Residential Services

 The Juvenile Facilities Complex provides
  locked and unlocked residential
  placement and shelter care for male and
  female juveniles.
 The complex consists of two detention
  centers (only one is currently being used)
  and four juvenile program facilities in a
  campus-style setting.
    Pathways Group Home/ Stepping
    Stone Residential Center
   Staff-secure court operated programs for males             The Judge places appropriate
    and females ages 13-17.                                     juveniles into the program at the
                                                                disposition hearing.
   The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
    licenses and monitors the facilities, which are
    limited to 10 female and 20 males in the residential       Case plans are developed for each
    phase at any time.                                          juvenile using a drug/alcohol and
                                                                mental health assessment along with
   Pathways and Stepping Stone prepare residents for           a psychological evaluation.
    successful reintegration into the community via a 3-
    phase system (Residential, Transition and Aftercare)
                                                               Areas addressed through service
                                                                providers         include      anger
   The program assists juveniles in learning how to
    better manage personal problems and family                  management,        parenting, health,
    issues, as well as develop an increased ability to          living skills, individual and family
    access community resources, identify career                 counseling and drug and alcohol
    opportunities, and develop pre-vocational job skills.       awareness.
                       Contact Information
   Community Intervention Program
Donna Rivera-Wells, Program Manager – (440) 326-4874
Tom Adelsberg, Deputy Program Manager – (440) 326-4876
Maria Davis, Clerk – (440) 326-4870      Sujeiry Colon, Assistant – (440) 326-4892
Carene Kelsey, CCO – (440) 326-4887      Steve Wehman, Assistant – (440) 326-4894
Amanda Snider, CCO – (440) 326-4847      Michael Grissom, Assistant – (440) 326-4889
Lisa Taliano, CCO – (440) 326-4886       Luis Quinones, Assistant – (440) 326-4839

   Juvenile Drug Court
Michelle Grove, Program Supervisor – (440) 326-4074
Dawn Lucey, CCO – (440) 326-4072            Bryan Wootten, Assistant – (440) 326-4072

   Family Drug Court
Jennifer Kerns, Program Supervisor – (440) 328-2213

   Mental Health Court
Heather Melendez, CCO – (440) 326-4890
Jennifer Kerns, MH Court Treatment Team – (440) 328-2213
Anna Cacchione, MH Court Treatment Team - (440) 329-5656

   Residential Facilities
Michelle Grove, Program Supervisor – (440) 326-4074
Christen Wilhelm, CCO – (440) 326-4075      Paul Doseck, CCO – (440) 326-4073
Turning Point
 A non-secure residential facility providing
  short-term care (maximum 14 days) for 5
  males and 5 females ages 12-17.
 Turning Point provides 24-hour supervision
  and guidance by trained child-care staff.
 A social worker provides support services
  to the juveniles and their families via
  program referrals. The goal is to assist the
  family in preventing further official court
 Admissions to the shelter are approved by
  the Intake Department or via judicial
Department of Support
 This department provides services and
  support to the community and court staff.
 The department is comprised of the
    The Pay-Back Program
    MERIT Program
    Voices for Children
    Assignment commissioners
    Juvenile clerks
    Systems management
Payback Program
   The Pay-Back Program has four objectives:

  Ensure the offender’s compliance with Court
 Provide a work experience that allows the
   offender to make restitution
 Provide victims with access to the Court for
   reasonable redress
 Facilitate communication between the Court
  and all involved parties: i.e. victims, prosecutors,
  insurance companies, etc.
   The MERIT Program manager is creative in
    finding and developing sites for juveniles to
    fulfill their community service obligation.

   Responsible for tracking attendance for
    Anger Management programming, referrals
    for Domestic Violence screenings and
    tracking participants through various other
    Court programs.
Voices for Children
   Voices for Children’s purpose is to provide guardian ad litems
    (GAL’s) to the Court to advocate on behalf of the abused, neglected,
    and dependent children coming before it.

   The GAL volunteer undertakes an investigation into the circumstances
    and family life of the child. They review records, interview parents,
    relatives and foster parents, talk to teachers, neighbors and most
    importantly, the child.

   Upon completion of the investigation, the GAL appears in court,
    provides the information and makes a recommendation to the Court as
    to what course of action is in the best interest of the child.
                Contact Information

   PayBack Program (Restitution)
Lisa Taliano, Program Manager: (440) 329-5237
Denise Morris, Program Clerk: (440) 329-5451

   MERIT Program (Community Service and Program
Tracy Shamhart, Program Manager: (440) 329-5766

   Voices For Children
Timothy Green, Program Manager: (440) 329-5556
Ed Wacker: (440) 329-5158