In an effort to streamline the supervision and provide
guidance to the eight detention centers, the Division of Juvenile Services has
taken the route of regionalized Detention Centers. This was accomplished by
splitting the State into a Western Region and an Eastern Region.
Jim Goddard is the Western Region Director, which consists
of the Ronald Mulholland Juvenile Center, Lorrie Yeager Juvenile Center, Tiger
Morton Juvenile Center and Robert Shell Juvenile Diagnostic and Intake Center.
He continues to be the Policy Committee Chair and is
responsible for the continuing revision of the Division’s policies. This has
been done in a variety of ways, most recently with input from all facilities in
the Agency by rotating facility directors to serve on the policy committee. ACA
Standards and revisions, PREA mandates, Performance-based Standards (PbS), and
current National trends in Juvenile Justice as well as agency goals, have been
foremost in our thinking as policy directives are developed. Policies have been changed and revised to
correct deficiencies in existing policies and to provide clarification in key
for the new regional hearing officers also falls under Mr. Goddard. This has
been a positive change that the Division has made to have regional hearing
officers who work for Central Office rather than having one in each facility. This move was made to make the hearings
timely, fair for residents, reduce errors in the disciplinary process and to
ensure adherence to DJS policy.
area of responsibility is our state wide mobile maintenance crew. They have
completed several jobs across the state. From pouring concrete sidewalks to
installing camera systems, this maintenance crew has saved the Division money
in the area of specialized maintenance. We hope to continue to use this crew in
the future for several projects that are currently in the planning stages.
Rauer is Eastern Region Director, which consists of Vicki Douglas Juvenile
Center, JM Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center, Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center and Sam
Perdue Juvenile Center. She is a permanent member of the policy committee and
brings her perspective and experience to help balance the policies. She is
responsible for the Divisions Quality Assurance Program. This includes
developing audits and oversee the process to ensure compliance with Division,
State, and Federal standards. Ms. Rauer is also developing the quality
assurance program to better use data to make improvements within the operations
of the facilities and treatment of the residents.
is the liaison for the Technical Assistance grant for Reducing the Use of Isolation
of residents within the Division. Only six states were chosen to participate in
this training and technical assistance program with WV DJS being one of them. This
has allowed the division to partner with other states in order to gather
information on a variety of treatment options for the more difficult youth that
we may have in our custody. From participating in this program, the division
has developed an action plan to reduce isolation of residents and currently
implementing this plan.
Rauer is the Divisions Movement Coordinator overseeing all resident movements
within the division. This is to better place residents keeping safety and
security in mind for all residents within the division.