The Office on Youth’s Fredericksburg Regional Division is the main hub of services for the Fredericksburg area. This division serves the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, and has served the Planning District since 1989.
Anger Management Program
Intake Fee: $50.00
Designed around a research-based curriculum, incorporating topics and discussions from Skillstreaming the Adolescent, this program presents enrolled youth with the awareness of personal triggers and cues for anger, and positive and negative thought process. Skill-building focuses around healthy communication, conflict management and resolution, empathy, relaxation and stress management, along with the thought processes necessary to successfully manage anger without resorting to violence. The classes are presented over six weeks in weekly, two hour sessions. Referred youth must attend all sessions to complete program. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may be required to attend one or more sessions of this course.
Community Service Program
Intake Fee: 8hrs or less – no cost; 9-59hrs – $30; 60-100hrs – $50; 101-150hrs – $75; 151+ hrs – $100
A structured and supervised means for youth to complete community service hours, who are court-ordered to do so. Projects are community-based and occur throughout the Region in each locality. CSW sites are rotated among the three main localities. Placement opportunities may be available on a case-by-case basis.
Restorative Justice Program
Intake Fee: $50.00
Based on restorative principles and practices that help the offender build empathy and understanding for victims of crime, the Restorative Justice Class offers group activities and discussions that were adapted from activities developed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime and the Richmond Peace Education Center. Students focus on the harmful effects of crime and the process of victimization, while learning about accountability and healthy decision-making. The classes are presented over six weeks in weekly, two hour sessions. Youth must attend all sessions to complete the program. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may be required to attend one or more sessions of this course. As an alternate option, a client may qualify to participate in a Restorative Conference, an interactive, facilitator-led group discussion involving the offender, victim, family members, and others affected, allowing for increased empathy and understanding. A list of the offender’s harm-repairing obligations is created by all participants and distributed to all attending the circle. The offender is then responsible for completing all obligations. Parent(s) / guardian(s) must attend the circle with the client.
Substance Abuse Services
Intake Fee: $60.00
All clients referred for Substance Abuse Services will be assessed for risk and need, in order to be placed appropriately. OOY staff members administer an Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-A2) and a urine drug screen on every client at intake. Should the client score in the high risk range for substance use or abuse, or test positive for any substance, the client immediately receives a clinical assessment by a member of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) clinical staff. The youth will be placed in the most appropriate service (education or treatment) based on this assessment. Both programs are based on the Words Can Work curriculum, a clinical intervention designed to prevent drug use among young people in grades 5-12 by positively changing the attitudes of youth and their parents regarding the use of drugs. This intervention includes a 30-minute video and discussion guide which include 2 personal stories from teens who have experienced harmful effects associated with drug use. It also explores how families can work together to help teenagers abstain from drug use, possibilities for teenagers to recover from drug dependence, and how making smart choices can save lives. Group sessions cover topics like dependence, addiction, prescription drug abuse, trying to get clean, and recovery. It also incorporates the family and open communication within the family about teenage drug use.
• Education sessions are presented over eight weeks in weekly, one hour sessions; treatment sessions are presented over ten weeks.
• Referred youth and a parent/guardian must attend all sessions to be compliant.
• Weekly urine drug screens are performed to maintain accountability.