DPS Dispatch

“Treatment” is one of the key aspects of the juvenile justice system. Though youth development centers are the most restrictive, intensive dispositional option available to North Carolina’s juvenile courts, YDCs by definition are secure facilities aimed at providing education and treatment services to prepare committed youth to successfully transition to a community setting. Rehabilitative services in a youth development center are offered within a programming approach called the Model of Care.

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There are many red flags that can point toward someone being affected by bullying—either as a victim or as a bully. Knowing the signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all kids who are bullied request assistance. In fact, the lowdown on bullying at school is that most kids tend to keep it on the down-low.

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We the people, the citizens of the great state of North Carolina, have access to a sacred tool. It’s a tool unlike any other. It’s inside all of us, and it doesn’t cost a thing. It can bring a smile to your face, save your life and even make the world a better place—just from being used. It’s the most powerful tool in the world. It can impact the human race more than the creation of the wheel, calculator and smartphone combined. With this tool we can do boundless things. We hold this great gift, this tool, in our hands every day. It’s the power of kindness. It’s ours to use, or not…

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Young people are killing themselves at an alarming rate. This claim can be backed up with evidence, as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention stated in a 2016 article titled “Suicide: North Carolina 2016 Facts and Figures,” that suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34 in North Carolina. This article notes that on average, one person dies by suicide every 6.5 hours in our state. At least one unfortunate and dangerous habit many teens have developed that is directly linked with suicide is self-harm.

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Have you ever heard of the bystander effect or bystander apathy? It’s when people fail to come to the aid of someone in distress because of the presence of others. Research has shown that the more people who witness a victim attacked or in need of assistance, the less likely it is for someone to intervene to help. You may be thinking, “I wouldn’t be influenced by the people around me, I would help somebody in need, no matter what.” Perhaps; we all like to believe that we are the person we tell ourselves we are.

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It’s important for adults in school settings to seek an understanding of what’s at the heart of unwanted behaviors in children there. It’s easy to label a youth a trouble maker or even incorrigible, but seeking appropriate alternatives to suspension, expulsion or arrest can often be just as effective while providing for more positive long-term outcomes. Many law enforcement agencies are adopting crisis intervention team training to teach officers how to recognize and deescalate situations involving people going through mental or emotional crisis. In fact, the 2015 N.C.

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