The Non-Secure Detention Program is a temporary, short-term program for youth, between the ages of 10 and 17, who cannot be safely maintained in their community while awaiting Family Court action, placement into Foster Care, or entrance into a treatment facility.

The program provides a safe, structured, environment, with 24 hour supervision. The youth attend our on-campus school and participate in the recreation program. All youth have the opportunity for weekly, supervised, on-campus visits with their parents or legal guardians.


  • Daily contact with the caseworker to discuss any issues or concerns
  • Emergency clinical counseling services provided on an as-needed basis
  • Medication management (with county approval)
  • Physical to ensure youth are in good health
  • On-site nurse
  • Weekly updates provided to the referring agency on the youth's behavior and program participation or daily updates if necessary.

Arrangements may be made for any services Family Courts or referring agencies need for a particular child (i.e. psychological assessments, substance abuse evaluations, psychiatric assessments, etc. ).


All recreation activities are scheduled through the CHJC Recreation/Education Coordinator.

Youth participate in recreational activities three times per day while in the Non-Secure Detention Program. Some of the activities youth participate in include:

  • Project Adventure-Low Element Rope Course
  • Access to the Fitness Center
  • Arts and Crafts activities
  • Other athletic activities

The Recreation/Education Coordinator often counsels youth on healthy eating habits and exercise habits that benefit each youth in placement.


To prevent youth from falling behind in school, County workers or parents may arrange, through the youth's home school, to have work sent to NSD either via fax or mail. The youth may work on their homework while in the NSD program.

An academic program is provided to all youth by a certified teacher for approximately three hours a day. We also coordinate school work with the youth's home county.

A Life Skills class is held weekly for youth in the program, as well as structured class sessions provided daily and year round.


All youth are under 24 hour supervision. Daily chores and cleaning responsibilities are assigned. Youth are under a Level System with incentives for good behavior. Weekly Team Meetings are held with the NSD staff, supervisors, and caseworkers, to discuss the youth's status, any issues related to the youth, and the discharge plan for the youth.


Youth are allowed visitation hours on:

Wednesday: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm or 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday: 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm or 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nightly phone calls are also allowed with approved family members.

Contact Us

Administrative Offices

P.O. Box 6550
1704 State Street
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-7430
Fax: 315-785-5637