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Visitation    Visitation

Visitation for youth is limited to parents or guardians whose rights have not been terminated.  Visitation will be denied to parents/ guardians if the court record/ social file contains documentation that visitation is detrimental to the youth.  Only two people ages 21 and over may visit. See below for visitation schedule:

Detention Visitation:           

Wednesday Schedule
         1st Registration Period:   4:10pm to 4:20pm
         1st Visitation Period:         4:20pm to 4:50pm
         2nd Registration Period:  4:50pm to 5:00pm
         2nd Visitation Period:        5:00pm to 5:30pm

Saturday and Sunday Schedule
         1st Registration Period:   1:00pm to 1:15pm
         1st Visitation Period:         1:15pm to 1:45pm
         2nd Registration Period:  1:45pm to 2:00pm
         2nd Visitation Period:        2:00pm to 2:30pm


True North/A-1 Youth Visitation:

Monday Schedule
         5:00pm to 5:30pm

*For more information including visitation rules, search procedures, and registration, please click the link below.
         Youth and Parent/ Guardian Visitation Rules and Regulations

Daily Programming and Residential Treatment

Youth are involved in structured programs and daily living activities throughout their non-sleeping hours.  The daily schedule includes chores, school, meals, personal hygiene, physical recreation, life skills modules, decision-making training, and positive leisure activities.  Trained staff supervise and facilitate all activities with youth.  We include through other partnerships additional expertise on youth-related topics.  Some of our partners include, MSU Extension, Planned Parenthood, U of M Project Community, U of M Street Law, and others.

Rational Behavior Training (RBT)  RBT Frog

Rational Behavior Training is a way of looking at how you react to situations and what happens after that. The way you see a situation leads you to certain feelings, and these feelings lead to certain actions.  The 36 page handbook listed below is a way for the youth to identify how they feel after certain situations and shows them how to have more controlled responses.  For more information on the RBT program click here.

School Program

The school program is a year-round, on site, fully accredited educational program staffed by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD).  Classes include core academics following the Michigan curriculum guidelines, physical education, and academic work geared to each youths specific learning needs.  The program also offers GED study if it is appropriate for an individual student.  All teachers are special education certified and there is a full-time WISD school social worker on site.  Youth may earn high school credits while attending the school program and those credits fully transfer back to the youths home school.

2017 - 2018 WISD CIY Program Calendar

usda%20food%20pyramid.jpgFood Service

On-Site Children's Services Staff provide three nutritional meals and two snacks per day for youth in our facility.  All Meals served to residents are provided to youth center residents are free of charge.  Meals are planned according to the USDA guidelines for Child Nutrition Programs.  Our current focus is to reduce sodium by 16% as well as Cholesterol by 33%. Presently, we are introducing whole grain items into the menu, replacing some refined carbohydrates.  These include whole wheat: pasta, rice, bread, rolls, and bagels. Special dietary needs are addressed on an individual basis for youth needing an adapted menu for medical or religious reasons. 

School breakfast outreach information

Breakfast is available in the Washtenaw County Youth Center cafeteria from 7:30-8:00am.    Breakfast is provided at no charge to youth housed at the Washtenaw County Youth Center.   Breakfast choices for ALL STUDENTS include an entrée, fruit, fruit juice and milk.  All choices meet the USDA nutritional standards.   The Youth Center wants to ensure that our residents are ready to learn and achieve their highest academic potential by fueling their bodies with a nutritious breakfast!

Wellness Policy

In accordance with USDA policy the youth center has implemented a local wellness policy. Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents, local educational agencies (LEAs) and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.

The Wellness policy team will review our existing Wellness Policy for updates on June 13th, 2018.  
If you are interested in participating in our yearly wellness policy review meeting, please contact Kevin Mitchell at 734-973-4367, and email at:

Wellness Policy (pdf)


Looking for Summer Food? 

The Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site locator was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Use the SFSP site locator to find a SFSP site near you.

Summer Food Service Program (link)

Ann Arbor Sites Participating in the Summer Food Service Program 2017 (link)



Civil Rights

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."


USDA Civil Rights Information (link) 






Children's Services Non-Discrimination Statement

All youth shall be protected from discrimination based on race, national origin, color, creed, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, height, weight, physical and/or mental disability, and political and/or religious beliefs. All youth shall be assured that seeking judicial relief will not be met with reprisal or penalty. All you have the right to legal representation.

Frequently Asked Questions (link)

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