Juvenile Detention Program
The Washtenaw County Youth Center, a division of Washtenaw County Children's Services, is
responsible for providing temporary custody and care for juveniles in a safe and secure setting. Juveniles
that are place in our Youth Center are temporarily detained pending disposition of court programs, or often
awaiting transfer to another facility or placement that cannot be served in an open setting. The Youth Center
is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days per year.
Youth Center services include:
Programming: Daily recreation, daily group counseling, individual counseling as needed,
and a year-round fully accredited school program taught by Master level teaching instructors.
Our programming now includes Rational Behavior Training (RBT) for the youth we serve. RBT
is a Cognitive Behavioral program with a focus on making youth aware of their thoughts and
actions. The implementation of RBT into the facility has resulted in many positive gains and
overall success. In fact, our Youth Center planning team was awarded in 2007 with a Washtenaw
County Government Service and Enhancement award for the success in implementing Rational Behavior Training (RBT) into
Safety, Security and Order: Youth and employees are safe and secure in all activities within
the facility. Youth Center staff spend a minimum of 60 hours per year in job training to enhance
their knowledge base and further increase their ability to be effective with the youth we serve.
Justice: Conduct consistent with regulatory, statutory, and case law requirements.
About the Facility:
The Washtenaw County Youth Center was
opened in 2003 and has the capacity of 40
beds. The facility is located at 4125 Washtenaw
Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 / Phone: (734) 973-4343
Useful documentation and information for the detention program:
General Visitation Rules and Procedures (adobe)
Visitation Hours / Detailed Rules and Regulations (adobe)
Guidelines for Juveniles in Custody (adobe)
Information for Parents (link)
Frequently Asked Questions