Walter Hopson, Superintendent
P.O. Box 2191
165 Sunset Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08754
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Behavior and Anger Issues
The facility utilizes a behavior management program rich with incentives to control Juveniles' behaviors. The program is effective in motivating juveniles to obey the rules. Realistic behavior expectations are clearly promulgated to all residents and are consistently enforced. The system permeates the Center's environment from the classroom to the basketball court.
The residents' day is divided into ten distinct time periods. Each period includes a specific activity, such as cleanup or math. Completion of the activity earns the residents a point. Residents can earn up to 10 points per day. The daily total determines their evening bedtime and activities for the day.
All major behavioral offenses are subject to review by a Behavior Review Board. The board reviews the severity of the offenses and responds according to the individualized needs of the Juvenile, consistent with the safety and security of the facility. Exemplary behavior is further rewarded through the use of Honors status. Residents who earn Honor status receive extra privileges such as special visits by friends, later bedtime, and/or an extra telephone call.
The Center provides residents with a formal written grievance procedure whereby complaints or suggestions can be communicated to the Administrator or other staff. This procedure allows for an ever-increasing level of appeal from the Supervising Detention Officer to an outside grievance review officer appointed by the Administrator.
For more information on behavior policies, refer to our Resident Handbook.
This group provides an effective anger management treatment to residents who experience anger problems.
It is divided into three areas: prevention, containment, and resolution. It focuses on learning ways to not get angry, even when you could get angry. Controlling their anger when it becomes intense. Acquiring resolutions skills such as fair fighting, negotiating and praise giving as a way to solve problems.
Participants are chosen based upon assessments by staff members and recurring behavior problems resulting from anger.