Standards for public agencies

2020 Edition

Juvenile Justice Day Services Definition


Juvenile Justice Day Services promote public safety and reduce the need for out-of-home placements by allowing youth to reside in their communities while they address problems and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding members of their communities.


Juvenile Justice Day Services provide structured, non-residential services and supervision to youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Youth are typically required to report to the program daily, for a specified length of time. Services may be provided: (1) when youth are adjudicated delinquent and ordered to attend the program; (2) as aftercare following participation in a more intensive residential program; (3) as an alternative to secure detention; and/or (4) as diversion from more formal involvement in the juvenile justice system.


Viewing: PA-JJD - Juvenile Justice Day Services


Note: Some agencies provide less intensive day programs (for example, reporting centers) that are not designed to include service planning. These agencies have the option to complete only: PA-JJD 1,  PA-JJD 2, PA-JJD 3, PA-JJD 5, PA-JJD 6, PA-JJD 7, PA-JJD 9, and PA-JJD 11.
When an agency providing PA-JJD offers treatment for youth with mental health or substance use conditions, the agency should also complete COA’s standards for Mental Health and/or Substance Use Services (PA-MHSU).

The agency's services will be reviewed and matched with the most appropriate Service Standard, regardless of the population served. When an agency operates a program where the service population includes but is not limited to youth involved with the juvenile justice system, it may be more appropriate to complete another Service Standard, such as Day Treatment Services (PA-DTX) or Out-of-School Time Services (PA-OST).

Note: Please see PA-JJD Reference List for the research that informed the development of these standards.

Note: For information about changes made in the 2020 Edition, please see the JJD Crosswalk.