Freeholder Chairperson: H.
Middlesex County Department of Youth Services, under the auspices of
the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is a diverse agency
that services juveniles correctionally and provides special rehabilitative
services on a residential basis to selected youths. The Department includes
the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center, the Middlesex County
Youth Shelter and the Middlefields Program. These three facilities are
designed to provide residential child care services through a process
consistent with the purpose of each facility, its licensing requirements
and in a manner that promotes positive personal growth and the development
of each child’s potential.
County Youth Detention Center is the secure facility for juvenile
offenders that are remanded by the Family Court in order to insure their
appearance in Court or to protect the safety of the community.
County Shelter is a non-secure facility used for juveniles remanded
by the Family Court or referred by the New Jersey Division of Youth
and Family Services. Its residents include minor delinquent offenders,
juveniles placed as a result of dysfunctional home environments, juveniles
placed due to a family crisis, and juveniles placed due to victimization
from abuse or neglect.
Group Home is a treatment-oriented program for male juveniles with
a variety of family related problems and behavioral problems. These
boys are placed by the Family Court, while others are referred by the
New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.