King County is replacing its aged, institutional-style juvenile detention facility with one focused on restorative spaces, supportive services and integration of volunteer community programs. The future facility will cut the number of juvenile detention beds in half and is flexibly designed to convert into an even smaller juvenile detention facility. A new program area gives dedicated space to community programs volunteering their time and skills with youth.
Spaces that do not exist at Youth Services Center = **
Program Room for Community Volunteers**
This will provide dedicated space for community groups to host workshops and classes for youth. The long list of programs that currently visit detention engage youth through art, yoga, improv, mentorship, group counseling and educational/career planning.
This room is dedicated to spiritual practice, counseling, and mentorship.
This large skylight-lit gym will have enough space for a basketball game in one area, and other physical activities going on in another.
King County Library Site
An official library site will continue to operate inside of juvenile detention. Librarians help youth find books they can appreciate as well as educate youth on how to take advantage of King County Library System Library resources when they are back in their community.
All youth are screened for physical and mental health needs upon admission to the facility. Those needs are addressed during their time in detention or referred to an outside facility if beyond the scope of the detention clinic. King County Juvenile Detention contracts with the University of Washington School of Medicine for health care and behavioral health services. The Health Clinic also partners with Public Health - Seattle and King County to provide women's health care, including sexually transmitted disease prevention and reproductive health. Confidential HIV testing and counseling is provided.
Schooling within secure detention is provided by Seattle Public School's Interagency Academy (separate from the Alder School Interagency Academy). Youth receive instruction in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Life Skills as appropriate for their age, school progress in the community, and prior level of achievement. Special Education curriculum is available if needed. Youth may also work towards their G.E.D.