The Facilitating Accountability Victim Offender Restoration Unit provides intake services countywide. When local law enforcement makes an arrest or issues a citation, all said arrests and citations are referred to the department. Disposition of these cases may be achieved by warnings, performance agreements, 6-month contracts and ultimately referral to the District Attorney for filing of a petition in Juvenile Court. The F.A.V.O.R. Unit also conducts various life skills programs that target specific behavioral issues such as petty theft or substance abuse education. The F.A.V.O.R. Unit hosts a summer program called the Youth Expanding Self Efficacy (Y.E.S.) Program. The program is five (5) weeks long during the summer months and is geared toward youth in first through fourth grades. The youth are exposed to positive role models in our community and are taught an abbreviated version of Aggression Replacement Therapy (A.R.T.). Recently, the F.A.V.O.R. program implemented a College Tour Program in partnership with Behavioral Health through their Pathways Program. At risk youth are taken to college campuses throughout the state to learn about educational opportunities available to them. They are given a tour and a presentation from campus officials.
The F.A.V.O.R. Unit is currently teaching Aggression Replacement Therapy (A.R.T.) in two of our local schools. A.R.T. is a 10 week course that covers anger control, skill streaming, and moral reasoning. Classes have an average of 10 students per class. The school selects the students who participate and provide us with classroom space to conduct the program.
The F.A.V.O.R. unit also conducts community outreach, and is a regular participant in numerous community activities. The F.A.V.O.R. program is a past recipient of the Kings Partnership for Prevention Service Award recognizing “Excellence in Prevention in Partnership with Law Enforcement”.