Juvenile Dept. Treatment Program Helps Youth

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"When 15-year-old Tristan Wusstig was put on probation almost two years ago, his future was unpromising.

His probation officers studied factors associated with repeat offenders and deemed Wusstig highly likely to re-offend. He had unsavory friends, wasn't serious about school and suffered with depression and substance abuse.

That began to change when he entered the Intensive Intervention Program offered by the Douglas County Juvenile Justice Department. The program, funded by federal stimulus money, married efforts by county juvenile and mental health officials and Adapt, a drug and alcohol treatment program.

The program emphasizes collaboration and home visits, said Rob Salerno, Accountability Services division manager said."

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