Donald E. Long Home's mission is...
"to create and maintain a safe, secure, stable, and enriching environment for juveniles in our care, while protecting the community."
A chaplain from the community volunteers much of his time, offering youth the opportunity to speak with him one of the three or four times he is here weekly. He also oversees and coordinates religious services in custody, being sensitive to meet the various needs of the youth coming from a variety of religious backgrounds.
In addition to a computer for use in school and during free time on every unit, our facility has a six-eight terminal computer lab where youth from a unit can use a terminal at the same time.
We are a Division of the Health Department. Since the majority of detained youth return to the community, we have an important role on the overall continuum of community health services. Our primary duties involve assessment and treatment of acute medical and psychiatric conditions in male and female juvenile offenders in custody at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH). Medical services include communicable disease screening, triage, treatment, prenatal care, emergency response, and health education. Mental health services include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, identification and treatment of mentally ill juveniles, and assisting various Juvenile Justice programs with continuity of care issues and release planning.
Youth may see the on duty nurse during any of their three daily rounds to the units.
Steve Sutton, Manager 2
All custody units provide facilitated cognitive restructuring groups at least four times weekly. Youth are assisted in developing skills such as problem solving, empathy, expressing anger appropriately, and identification of their own thinking errors. Research shows that individuals who are able to demonstrate these skills usually are better able to respond appropriately to problems and frustrations in their lives, and are more likely to be successful once they return to the community.
Multi-cultural services are provided to assist, whenever necessary.
Library and Video Services
Multnomah County Library, in partnership with Juvenile Services Division, provides librarian services and offers extensive book selections to youth for pleasurable reading and to enhance reading skills. A small video library has been established; educational and approved videos may be offered for viewing. Multi-cultural materials are provided.
The REC program is designed to ensure that all the youth in detention exercise properly by providing big muscle activities to enhance their overall mental and physical well being. Each youth participates in recreation daily. There are three outdoor recreation areas, one of which is covered so that the youth may go outdoors even if the weather is rainy. The recreation schedule rotates daily to provide a variety of activities each day. During "free time", youth may use phones to make collect calls, write letters, read, and play games or basketball on the unit.
Thoroughly screened volunteers and student practicums/interns, provide valuable services to youth and staff of The Department of Community Justice and to Custody Services. Community Volunteers are encouraged to mentor our youth, and to assist with arts and crafts projects. For more information and to find out about current volunteer opportunities, please refer to DCJ Volunteer Services.