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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • ND attendant care program needs a location in Devils Lake

  • Members of the Juvenile Court system and Ramsey County are looking for help from the community to locate a place to house its Attendant Care Program.
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  • Members of the Juvenile Court system and Ramsey County are looking for help from the community to locate a place to house its Attendant Care Program.
    In a meeting held recently in Ramsey County representatives from law enforcement, the courts, social services and the county visited with Lisa Jahner who is the Juvenile Justice Program Manager for the state of North Dakota.
    Their purpose was to discuss the need for a location in Devils Lake to house this program that serves juveniles who have not committed serious crime but are in need of supervision for the short term. They have an adequate number of local individuals who are willing to, at a moment’s notice, serve as Attendant Care providers, although anyone interested may contact the Juvenile Court in the Ramsey County Courthouse.
    “What we need is a place for this program in Devils Lake that’s private but accessible to law enforcement - a house or a store-front location in downtown Devils Lake, for example,” Patty Rime said. She serves the community as the Juvenile Court Supervisor.
    They’re hoping that someone in the city will have an idea that might be the solution. If you are a property owner or landlord and something you own might be a solution, contact Rime at 662-1307 or by fax 662-1306 or e-mail at prime@ndcourts.gov
    Although recent statistics show it’s a program that is needed on an average of 15 times a year in Ramsey County, it is worth having in place for those juveniles who need it, according to those in law enforcement.
    What other alternative does the county have? Under-aged status offenders who have not committed serious crime or those who have yet to be charged with any crime cannot be housed with the more serious offenders, that’s the law.
    North Dakota’s Attendant Care Program provides funding assistance to local government to operate non-secure “holdover” sites for unruly and/or delinquent juveniles who have been picked up by law enforcement and need short-term supervision on a pre-adjudicatory basis.  Attendant Care requires the constant supervision of a juvenile in a non-physically secure setting.
    In general, Attendant Care services:
    •Provide a non-secure alternative for the supervision of juvenile offenders;
    •Allow law enforcement to return to their regular duties more rapidly;
    •Reduce state and local liability; and
    •Provide a best practice option for low level juvenile offenders as research has demonstrated that secure holding can have inadvertent negative outcomes.
    There are currently nine Attendant Care sites are in operation. The site in Devils Lake serves the counties that the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center encompasses; Ramsey, Benson, Towner, Eddy, Nelson.

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