Probation: Institutions Services (3283P)

Program Outcome Statement

The Institutions Services Division provides juvenile court-ordered secure and non-secure programs, including detention, camps, and community service. The goals of the Division are to provide safe and secure housing for youth detained by the Court, to protect the public, to support families, and to aid in youth’s rehabilitation and transition to the community.

Program Services

  • 180-bed secure custody services
  • 60-bed residential program for boys
  • 30-bed residential, local, gender-responsive, and intensive program for girls
  • Court Ordered Programs


The Division contributes to the County’s Shared Vision commitment to ensure safe communities by providing institutional services for youth who cannot remain in the community. The 180-bed juvenile detention facility in the Youth Services Center provides secure custody services and collaborates with other County Departments to provide food, health, mental health, education, and special programs to youth.
Camp Glenwood is a 60-bed residential program that offers boys the opportunity to develop positive behaviors, learn skills, and improve their education in order to have productive, crime-free lives in the communities.
Camp Kemp provides a 30-bed residential, local, gender-responsive, and intensive program for girls as an alternative to serving time in detention or in an out-of-home placement. In Court Ordered Programs such as the Community Care Program youth are supervised in weekend service and restorative justice projects.

Average Daily Cost per Youth per Day in Juvenile Hall

Percent of Youth not Committing a New Law Violation Within One Year of Release from Camp Glenwood and Camp Kemp

FY 2018-19 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance

Institutions Services Division

In FY 2018-19, the Institutions Services Division focused on providing evidence based programming and therapeutic treatment services to all youth within the three facilities: juvenile hall, Camp Glenwood, and Camp Kemp. Group Supervisors, county partners, community based organization, and local community volunteers delivered outstanding services to the youth. 
Girls enrolled in the Gaining Independence Reclaiming Lives Successfully (G.I.R.L.S.) Program at Camp Kemp participated in individual and multi-family group counseling along with intense case management.  Gender specific programs for girls focused on trauma informed care through yoga, meditation, art therapy, culinary workshops, and community services projects. 
Camp Glenwood participated in cognitive based therapy, meditation, health safety awareness, re-entry mentoring, culinary food handler certification, construction skill set building, gang intervention workshops, and case management services as well as opportunities for community service projects.
Youth in the juvenile hall were also provided a wide-array of programming such as creative play writing, yoga, meditation, exercise challenges, and cognitive behavior modules to regulate emotional behaviors.   
With the partnership of the San Mateo County Office of Education, the youth at all three facilities were enrolled in middle school or high school courses and earned credits to support their educational goals. Individual student learning plans are developed upon enrollment, to assist students in achieving their identified educational goal which may include returning to a district school, earning a high school diploma, or obtaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) or California High School Proficiency (CHSPE) certificate.
Average Daily Cost Per Youth at the Hall

The average daily cost per youth in the Juvenile Hall fluctuates due to varying population numbers.  Mid-year FY 2018-19, all facilities reported low population counts that will directly impact the cost per youth. The division continues to adhere to all safety and health requirements set forth by Title 8 and Title 15 that require detention facilities to be comply with Board of State Community Corrections Standards.

Percent of Youth not Committing a New Law Violation Within One Year of Release from Camp Glenwood and Camp Kemp

Mid-year FY 2018-19, Camp Glenwood and Camp Kemp continue to embrace the collaboration with partners countywide to provide realistic re-entry plans for youth who are being released.   Camp Glenwood is anticipating a relocation to the Youth Services Center.  The Division is working with the  appointed Juvenile Court Judges, the Behavioral Health Recovery Services, County Office of Education, Public Defenders Office, Juvenile District Attorneys Office, collaborative community based partners, and other stakeholders to ensure that the essence of Camp Glenwood program is preserved and youth will continue to receive quality services..  While both camps continue to meet the annual target of those youth who are released and do not commit a new law violation within one year, the ultimate goal is to continue to decrease recidivism and or minimize the number of juvenile justice involved youth who enter into the adult criminal justice system.

Future Priorities

  • Relocation of Camp Glenwood;
  • Formalize a comprehensive Re-Entry Plan;
  • Continue to establish Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) with community based organizations providing services to youth;
  • Complete a comprehensive youth program evaluation assessment;
  • Maintain data collection efforts to quantify units of services received and youth outcomes;
  • Continue to train internal staff to facilitate cognitive based programs that are evidence based and or promise practices;
  • Develop outlets for all youth to self-regulate emotional behavior as an alternative to disciplinary sanctions;
  • Develop an incentive based space for youth exhibiting positive behavior;
  • Continue to build upon the collaboration with essential county stakeholders and community partners in the best interest of detained youth. 

Author: Michelle Mendez, Management Analyst    
Contact Email:     Last Updated: 01/27/2019