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Residential Services are provided within the framework of a highly structured and regimented daily routine that reinforces orderly, disciplined and respectful behavior.

Health Services

The Health Services section of JJS is responsible to ensure the health needs of all youth are met at the Youth Services Center (YSC) in Manchester and the Youth Detention Services Unit (YDSU) in Concord. Both on campus and community based medical services are provided. Programs are staffed with Registered Nurses 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Varying levels of medical, dental and psychiatric services are provided at all three facilities including admission physicals, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings, lab testing, immunizations and health education. Medical specialty services are obtained from a wide variety of community based providers.

Clinical Services

Clinical Services are provided to YSC residents by qualified professionals, each with a diverse set of skills and expertise in the field of juvenile rehabilitation. The Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) allows the clinical team to improve their delivery of quality substance abuse treatment campus-wide. Clinicians continue to conduct group therapy sessions to meet the special needs of all residents of the separate cottages. Some of these group sessions include: anger management, communication skills, self-esteem and self-awareness, social skills and relapse prevention. Survivor treatment group sessions are offered to the female population members who have been victims of sexual abuse. Other group sessions and counseling offered for females include: eating disorders, depression, shame, low self-esteem, substance abuse issues, abusive relationships and unwanted pregnancies.


In both locations - YSC and YDSU - all educators are NH certified and an appropriate number have specialty certifications in General Special Education - Emotionally Handicapped and Learning Disabled. Some educators hold certifications in General Special Education - Seriously Emotionally Disturbed. There are also educators with certifications in other Special Education areas.

John H. Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC)

The NH Department of Education (DOE) approved the Special Education Program at YSC through the 2007 school year. The approved program consists of four program modules: 1) Regular Classroom with Support; 2) Modified Regular Program; 3) Resource Program; and 4) Self-Contained Program.

Youth Detention Services Unit (YDSU)

Each youth admitted to YDSU is entered into the school program on the next school day. For the length of each youth's commitment to YDSU, educational services are provided six hours per day for the full 180-day school year and a 39-day extended year program. All students attend classes in English, Math, Social Studies, Science and Physical Education each day. The balance of each school day focuses on Life Fitness, Health and Nutrition, Computer or Life Skills. The YDSU education program is approved by the NH DOE.

Community Connect Mentor and Activities Program

The Community Connect Mentoring and Activities Program connects youth at SYSC with volunteers from the community who act as mentors and/or activity leaders. We help youth learn new skills, develop confidence and prepare for positive re-entry into the community.

A mentor listens to, supports, and guides a youth they are matched with by meeting with them on a weekly basis usually for a year. This may include doing an activity, talking about common interests, or just listening to their plans for the future. Mentors can help a youth identify questions they need to be asking themselves in order to reach their full potential.

An activity leader helps youth learn new skills and have new experiences by facilitating group activities. You may be knowledgeable about fitness and want to lead a group on exercising or you may have musical, artistic or other talents you would like to share. SYSC will provide the support, space and, to the extent that we can, the materials needed to make your activity a success.

Interested? Contact Kelly Riley, Community Connect Program Coordinator

603-625-5471 ext 286
603-892-4811 cell
[email protected]

Professional Development

Training meets the requirements of the American Correctional Association Standards for Juvenile Training Schools and Detention Facilities. All Juvenile Justice Services employees must complete required amounts of training specific to each position. A new Direct Care employee must now complete his or her training within 6 months of employment. Training requirements include:

  • 16 hours of Orientation
  • 40 hours of On-the-Job training
  • 12 classes (65.5 hours)
  • First Aid-CPR
  • Fire Safety
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Professional Behavior in the Work Place
  • Defensive Driving
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
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