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TRIAD Prevention Program

The Chimney Rock Center (CRC) is a 24-hour intake center for youth, ages 10 to 16, who are picked up for status offenses such as runaway, truancy and curfew or Class C Misdemeanors (theft, assault, disorderly conduct or public intoxication) and those who are in need of supervision. (These offenses are classified as Progressive Sanction Level I cases. If a child repeatedly commits offenses, Progressive Sanction guidelines recommend increased penalties and supervision.) At CRC, services include screening and assessment, crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, referrals and follow-up. The Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD), Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults (HCPS) and the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) are partners in the TRIAD Prevention Program with the TRIAD director reporting to the HCPS executive director. In 2005, 2,678 juveniles who had run away, broken curfew, skipped school or committed Class C misdemeanors such as alcohol violations received services at CRC and another 1,452 juveniles were assisted by the probation staff. Many parents consult the TRIAD staff to find ways to prevent their child from breaking the law.

In addition to intake services, the TRIAD Prevention Program operates the Justice of the Peace Court Family Service Case Manager Program, the TRIAD Mental Health Services Program and the Alliance for Children and Families (formerly the Community Resource Coordination Group). The TRIAD Prevention Program also administers grant-funded programs including Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR), Community Youth Development (CYD), Truancy Learning Camp and Title V Stay in School Program.

Read more about the TRIAD Program from on the Harris Count CPS website: Triad Prevention Program

A Balanced Approach to Juvenile Justice

Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
1200 Congress
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-222-4100