The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Alternative Intervention Services (AIS) provides quality intervention services in an effort to promote optimal functioning of local youth.
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
The AIS is comprised of the following programs:
Services Provided are:
The purpose of the unit is to provide support and resources to youth and their families residing in the unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County. The unit does not provide crisis intervention and is not a treatment provider. However, AIS does provide programs designed to assess and address the academic, emotional, and practical needs of local youth and their families. For example, our Youth Intervention Program provides case management services to students who are in need of assistance in addressing academic underachievement and truancy.
TRUANCY INTERDICTION PROGRAM
Truants are students under 18 who are enrolled in school and absent from school without permission, with the exceptions of runaways, homeschoolers, and those withdrawn from school. When a truant is found in public during school hours, PBSO deputies are instructed to return them to their school, the Juvenile Assessment Center, or their legal guardian. Students should not be picked up from their residence. If a legal guardian wishes to report their child as truant who is at the residence, they should contact their child’s school guidance counselor for more information on the appropriate resources. In addition, families may contact the AIS Intake Line at (561) 688-5423 for information about additional support and community resources.
JUVENILE FIRST OFFENDER (JFO) PROGRAM
The Juvenile First Offender (JFO) Program is a voluntary program designed to divert juvenile first offenders from the justice system and reduce recidivism, the likelihood that the juvenile will commit another criminal offense.
A list of runaway children is sent to AIS every week from the PBSO Special Investigation Unit. AIS makes every effort to communicate with the legal guardians of all youths who are reported as runaways. AIS uses all information provided to conduct a Needs Assessment of the educational, substance abuse, and mental health issues that may be present and determine the appropriate service(s).
YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAM
The Youth Intervention Program is a community-based program that operates during the school year. The primary purpose of the program is to provide ongoing support and counseling resources to youth and their families who are in need of assistance addressing academic underachievement, truancy, and counseling. It provides twelve weeks of free case management services to youth and their families via an assigned specialist who works directly with the family to meet their individual needs through home visits and school visits. The enrollment deadline is February 20th of each year. Space is limited.
Youth are eligible for our free 12 week case management service if they are:
Individuals who do not meet program criteria are linked to other community resources.