Prevention / Intervention Team
About the Program
The Prevention / Intervention Team (PIT) is a coordinated multidisciplinary team effort. PIT develops an intervention plan aimed at resolving behaviors that have brought youth and families before the Juvenile Court Service Unit (JCSU).
Generally, the youth is brought to intake as a potential child in need of supervision (CHINSU) case, pursuant to Section 16.1-228 of the 1950 Code of Virginia, as amended. This goal is to initiate action to be carried out with individual agencies to prevent official court involvement. If, after an appropriately predetermined amount of time, the intervention is ineffective, the team may refer the case back to intake for consideration of an official "Child in Need of Supervision" petition.
The team is comprised of representatives from various agencies outlined in Section 16.1-278.5 of the Virginia Code defining the “Interdisciplinary Team”. Team members include representatives from the following Loudoun County agencies: Public Schools, Mental Health / Mental Retardation, Family Services, Community Outreach, and the Juvenile Court Service Unit. Other team members may be invited as appropriate.
To come before PIT, the youth must be manifesting runaway or stay away behavior which has its genesis in a lack of respect, or outright rebellion, toward parental and other adult authority. Usually the parent presents information to Intake. While truancy may be a part of the youth’s behavior, it alone shall not meet criteria to come before the PIT. Referral to CSA (Comprehensive Services Act) services terminates PIT involvement. In the event the youth is charged criminally, the PIT may complete its intervention plan, but is not responsible for implementing it, since that case goes to the probation unit.
For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.