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About the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center

J.M. "Chick" Buckbee Juvenile Center


This facility built in 2003 located in Hampshire County is a 24 bed, all male hardware secure Center. Currently we house pre-adjudicated and adjudicated youth who have been charged with a crime which would be punishable by incarceration if committed by an adult and are awaiting a trial or had been convicted of their crime.

This facility offers a highly secure environment which includes locked doors, individual sleeping rooms with their own toilet and sink, a fence in recreation yard along with a highly structured environment. This facility is intended to house West Virginia violent offenders that will protect the youth as well as our community.
A resident who have been found guilty of their crime and has been committed to DJS will work on a program and individual goals they may have while here at this center.
All residents will work closely with the Department of Education (OEIP) on getting their High School Diploma, TASC (GED) and/or continuing education.
We currently have a licensed therapist who works with each youth however more time will be focused on the Residents who are committed and completing a program.
Case Management services are provided to every resident.
Individual and group counseling based on high risk/high need as identified by the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (or the adult version, Level of Service/Case Management Inventory for offenders age 17 and older) will be provided to each resident.
Other assessments are administered if needed based on the results of the YLS/CMI. From this information, a comprehensive service is developed with identified goals and objectives.
Medical and Psychiatric services, if needed, are provided to every resident.
We have a five tiered behavioral system for the residents to earn incentives along with receiving points each day for good behavior. Once a week the resident can purchase hygiene products, snacks, MP3 players etc. which is based on their phase level.
Structured/therapeutic recreation is provided to each resident by our Correctional Counselors.
Families are encouraged to visit every weekend with their resident and have access to speak with the counselors/case manager when needed.
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