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About the James H. "Tiger" Morton Juvenile Center

Tiger Morton Juvenile Center


The James H. Tiger Morton Juvenile Center is a 25 bed, co-ed, hardware secure detention and a wellness center combined. The center was built on the site of the old Kanawha Home for Children in Kanawha County.  We currently have 15 Detention beds and 10 Wellness beds.
 Detention Unit is a 15 bed unit for youth who have been charged with a crime which would be punishable by incarceration if committed by an adult. These facilities offer a highly secure environment which includes locked doors for resident safety, a highly structured environment as well as a fenced recreation area. These facilities are intended to house West Virginia’s most violent offenders and are intended to protect the youth as well as the community at large.
The James H. “Tiger” Morton Detention/ Wellness center offers 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)
We also have on ground schooling provided by The Department of Education, which offers a full day of academic services. Our residents have the opportunity to work on high school credits and Pre-GED work. They also are able to take the GED and ACTS (Pre-College) tests.
Wellness Unit is a 10 bed unit that houses adjudicated juvenile and adult males who require specialized programming to address emotional and behavioral difficulties by utilizing specialized, trained staff and qualified mental health professionals. Master’s Level therapists provide individual and group counseling services to the residents on the unit. Group counseling is held daily and individual therapy is conducted based on the individual needs of the resident. Each resident receives an individualized therapy treatment plan to address their specific issues.
   During the past few years Tiger Morton has experienced a large decrease in the following categories:
·         Grievances
·         Incidents concerning restraints
·         No Mechanical Restraint devices usage
·         No Room Entry
This is decrease is due to the communication and training of both staff and resident. Residents are more aware of the “rights” and the proper way of communicating their concerns in a more positive way, which results in a positive result. The Phase Level System is also a major contributor to resident behavior. The staff has been given more tools through training and application in the areas of crisis prevention, tolerance, and proper restraint procedures.
Other assessments are administered if needed based on the results of the YLS/CMI. From this information, a comprehensive service plan is developed with identified goals and objectives.
Case Management services are provided to every resident
Medical and psychiatric services, if needed, are provided
A therapeutic recreation program is an integral part of the treatment process
Families are able to visit every weekend with their resident and have access to facility counselors. This encourages families to continue their involvement in their child’s treatment program.
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