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Commissioners Court - Special Meeting
Robert N. Barnes Canine Therapy Program
Deanna Saldana, Juvenile Department
Discuss and consider approval to implement a Trained Canine Therapy Program for residents detained at the Robert N. Barnes facility.
The idea of developing a Canine Program came about after we decided to offer trauma treatment within our Robert N. Barnes Post Adjudication facility. We began researching the benefits of the use of animals with adolescents in treatment. At this time the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) offers a PAWS program to their residents. After having years of success at the Brownwood location they now have the program at the Giddings location. We began visiting and learning about the incorporation of canines in treatment for juveniles. The TJJD facilities offers a canine program where juveniles are able to train rescued canines while learning the skills the juvenile needs to be successful. We saw the benefit of having our residents work in a similar capacity with the rescued canines based on the history of the PAWS and evidenced based research supporting canines in treatment.
The cost to purchase two (2) trained canines range from $65.00 to $80.00 each and will be paid from TJJD state dollars. The cost for medical care services, food and equipment supplies will either be from TJJD state dollars or at no cost from donations. The canines will be housed inside the Robert N. Barnes facility 24/7 and the upkeep will be from staff and residents. The Juvenile Board approved the Canine Therapy Program on April 18, 2018-Juvenile Board Order No. 2018-0408-see attached. A Canine Therapy Program manual has been created for policies, rules and procedures- see attached.
Information about available funds
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Account Code(s) for Available Funds
Amended Juvenile Board Order No. 2018-0408
Juvenile Board Order No. 2018-0408
Canine Program Manual
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