Children arrive at the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Intake Unit around the clock. They may be sick, intoxicated, injured, depressed or violent. Critical decisions must be made on the spot. Intake officers are skilled in crisis intervention, information gathering and assessment. They resolve some cases through counseling and refer others to more appropriate social agencies. If charges are to be filed in court, intake officers make the initial decision about where the child will stay pending judicial proceedings. Many juveniles are safely released to parents or guardians but others must be held in secure detention or in a shelter. Upon intake into the detention center, all juveniles are assessed for any physical and/or mental conditions that may warrant closer observation by the detention staff supervising the juvenile. Any medical needs are immediately addressed and mental health needs are addressed upon initial assessment. Once a decision has been made by the intake staff to hold the juvenile in the secure detention center for further investigations and proceedings the intake officer will notify the parents/guardians of the child and arrange a meeting to gather information from them. Therefore intake probation officers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The intake unit consists of a supervisor, seven probation officers, one crisis intervention officer, one administrative assistant and one case management aid.
Debera Myers, Division Director
122 Golfview Drive
Richmond, Texas 77469