LOCAL WELLNESS POLICY

Mental Health

RIVER VALLEY DETENTION CENTER

LOCAL WELLNESS POLICY – Revised April, 2019

 

 

The Detention Center is a 102-bed facility which houses pre-adjudicatory youth.  The average length of stay for a youth is 23.5 days.  Statutorily, the Detention Center maintains strict adherence to confidentiality regarding Residents confined in the facility.  There is 24/7 on-site medical services and mental health services.  The River Valley Detention Center has year-round school on site.  Joliet Township District 204 teachers are assigned to the Detention Center.  River Valley Detention follows the school calendar for District 204 for school breaks (excluding summer break) and Teacher Institute Days.  As such, the Detention Center has adopted parts of District 204’s School Wellness Policy and incorporated additional parameters site specific to the Detention Center.  Please note that while Residents are in the custody of the River Valley Detention Center, the Superintendent is designated by statute as “parent in loco parentis”.

 

Resident (Student) Wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, shall be promoted in the Detention Center’s educational programs, school activities, and meal programs.  This policy shall be interpreted consistently with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.

 

River Valley Detention is accredited with the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.  The Detention Center also abides by Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice standards.

 

Oversight of the Local Wellness Policy is the responsibility of Superintendent Christopher Watkins, Assistant Superintendent Debra Miklic, and Programs Manager Heaven Martin.  This Policy is reviewed and updated annually by a collective meeting including these individuals, stakeholders, teachers and food service personnel.  Tenets of the policy are stringently reviewed for any changes and/or revisions.  Special attention is given to any newly implemented processes or educational elements.

 

River Valley Detention is under the Judicial Branch.  Chief Judge Schoenstedt and Director of Court Services John Prinzi are primary stakeholders and are included in the distribution and completion of River Valley’s Local Wellness Policy and any revisions.  Notifications of review timelines are provided to these individuals as well as others involved in the process.

 

River Valley Detention’s Local Wellness Policy is also available at:

www.rivervalleydetention.com

 

  

 

GOALS FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION

 

The goals for addressing nutrition education include the following:

 

·       River Valley Detention will support and promote good nutrition for the Residents;

 

·       River Valley Detention Center has school classes on the premises.  While River Valley is different than a regular school, Residents still have unimpeded access to water.

 

·       River Valley Detention will foster the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity for the Residents to grow and learn;

 

·       Nutrition education will be part of District 204’s comprehensive health education curriculum;

 

·       River Valley Detention does not provide food-based commissary items, does not have vending machines in the secured portion of the facility where Residents are housed, and does not generate and/or sponsor any fundraisers;

 

 

·       Health and Wellness Week which took place in January to kick off the New Year.  River Valley Detention partnered with the Will County Health Department and Joliet Park District to promote and facilitate a successful, informational, and fun learning experience for the Residents.  Components of the week included education on health and nutrition, fitness classes, diabetes, tobacco prevention, sex education, as well as learning about CPR and how to properly perform it;

 

·       Recently, staff worked with Residents to prepare a healthy smoothie that included Kale, Spinach, Banana, Blueberries, and Strawberries.  Residents were able to not only prepare the healthy smoothie, but also to have a 4 oz. cup of it;

 

·       The Detention Center has its own vegetable garden which began in Spring, 2018.  The garden will be ongoing and will include not only Residents as part of the process, but also actively involve Juvenile Detention Officers who sign up to contribute to the daily maintenance of the garden.  In the Fall of 2018, Residents got to see, and taste, the benefits of home gardening by making and enjoying homemade salsa with ingredients straight from the garden; and

 

·       In addition to physical wellness, River Valley Detention believes in sound mind and body.  As such, the Detention Center addresses mental and social wellness via weekly on-going programming geared toward Early Intervention Drug Programming in group/individual settings.  Besides drug topics, the programming includes, but is not limited to:  Stress Identification and Management; Values, Norms, and Rules; Teen Stress Screenings; Recognizing Anger, the Anger Cycle, and Triggers; Communication; Worries, Wants, and Needs – Acceptance; as well as Self Esteem; and

 

·       The employees of the Detention Center also participate in the County of Will’s Employee Wellness Program which includes, but is not limited to: 

Biometric Screenings; Myriad health, nutrition and wellness education seminars; Encouragement of ownership of one’s health including Fit Bit usage, membership to a gym, 5K runs or other marathons/walking exercises; Water ingestion tracking; Mammograms; Prostate exams; and Other general preventative measures to secure one’s best health, nutrition, and wellness prospects.

 

 

·       In addition to physical activities, River Valley Detention also promotes and encourages mindful exercises including weekly creative writing programs, book clubs, team-building activities, and other games. 

 

 

GOALS FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

 

The goals for addressing physical activity include the following:

 

·       River Valley Detention will support and promote an active lifestyle for Residents, even during non-classroom hours;

 

·       Physical education will be taught to all Residents and shall include a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health-related fitness, increases Residents’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle;

 

·       Unless otherwise exempted, all Residents will be required to engage daily during the school day in a physical education course;

 

·       The curriculum will be consistent with and incorporate relevant Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health as established by the Illinois State Board of Education; and

 

·       River Valley Detention will provide various physical activities during non-school hours and normal school breaks.  There is indoor and outdoor recreation available to youth.  A Program Manager aligns physical activities for Residents with Juvenile Detention Officers, including, but not limited to:

Basketball and volleyball tournaments; and Flag football tournaments.

 

·       The “River Valley Fit Club” was developed for Residents in June, 2017, and is a growth-focused fitness program that includes weekly progress monitoring of personal fitness.  The program helps Residents develop physical strength and agility, along with providing an opportunity to reduce stress and create positive habits.

 

·       River Valley Detention continues its partnership with fitness trainers from Joliet Park District to conduct high intensity workout sessions and yoga classes for the Residents.  This program has been met with such excitement from the Residents.

 

 

·       Wellness as a whole for Residents is extremely uppermost in River Valley Detention’s plan.  The Detention Center continues its partnership with Joliet Junior College’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. This partnership  promotes, motivates, and educates the Residents on all aspects of higher education.  Joliet Junior College not only speaks to the Residents about the prospect of a college education, but also about the power of making decisions and how those decisions can be life changing. 

 

·       Community service is also a focus of Resident care at River Valley Detention.  Residents are encouraged to consider the “wellness” of others in the community - those who may be less fortunate than them, even as they are detained in the facility.  The Residents make fleece tie blankets for cancer victims, homeless shelters, veterans’ homes, and other charities to give something back and hoping to enhance someone’s day.  The Residents also create holiday cards throughout the year for the Sunny Hill Nursing Home Residents.

 

·       The Programs Manager and Juvenile Detention Officers also play a major role in programming conducted at the River Valley Detention Center.  Staff conducts weekly fitness, creative writing, movie nights, and fun gaming activities.  These programs promote teamwork, discipline and allow the Residents’ minds to be taken off of their current situations. 

 

·       Juvenile Detention Officers also create and conduct their own programming activities three times a year at a minimum.

 

 

 

NUTRITION GUIDELINES

 

River Valley Detention promotes nutritious foods and beverages to Residents consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Food Guidance System published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.  River Valley Detention also abides by the rules of the Illinois State Board of Education and the Child Nutrition Programs.  River Valley Detention serves the highest age/grade group meal plan as part of the USDA’s meal pattern requirements. For more information about the meal pattern requirements, please go to: https://www.isbe.net

or call the Detention Center at 815-730-7070 to speak with someone about what the meal pattern requirements entail.

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR REIMBURSABLE SCHOOL MEALS

 

Reimbursable school meals served shall meet, at a minimum, the nutrition requirements and regulations for the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.  River Valley Detention does claim reimbursement for breakfasts and lunches served. 

 

 

SUMMER MEALS

 

The Illinois State Board of Education has a Summer Meals program for children in the general public.  The Detention Center is committed to making sure no child goes without a meal.  During the summer months, when a Resident has been released from custody of the Detention Center via Court Order, and subsequently brought out to the lobby for release to Resident’s parent(s) and/or legal guardian, a notification regarding where, in this area, Summer Meals are provided and can be followed up on once home.

 

 

MONITORING

 

The Superintendent, or his designee, shall meet with the Assistant Superintendent, and Local Wellness Advisory members, as applicable, to review this Wellness Policy not only to monitor progress, but to also adjust the policy or guidelines if necessary.  The Wellness Policy and goals are evaluated as a whole every three (3) years.  Yearly goals will also be part of the Superintendent’s assessment.

 

 

COMMUNITY INPUT

 

The Superintendent, or his designee, shall periodically monitor the policy’s success by reviewing and collaborating with the Assistant Superintendent, Program Manager, Detention Officers and others involved in the implementation of the Wellness Program.  As cited earlier, the Superintendent is “parent in loco parentis” – he is the legal guardian of the Residents while they are detained.  As such, Residents’ parents are not their guardians during detention and cannot participate in a Wellness Board for that reason, nor for confidentiality purposes as specific instances regarding a Resident may be addressed or other causes for concern may be discussed regarding those specific instances.  For parental input, the Wellness Board is comprised partially of facility individuals who have children and who can better understand the strengths and weaknesses that accompany trying to teach children how to eat better, to make good, healthy choices, and to become more physically active in a sedentary, technology-infused world.

 

  

 

References:

 

Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, PL 108-265, Sec. 204

 

Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1771 et seq

 

National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1758

 

42 U.S.C. Sec 1779, as implemented by 7 C.F.R. Sec 210.11

 

105 ILCS 5/2-3.139

 

23 Ill. Admin. Code Part 305 Food Program

 

ISBE’s “School Wellness Policy” Goal, adopted Oct. 2007

 

Cross Ref.:4:120 (Food Services)

 

Joliet Township District 204 & River Valley Detention Center

 

 

 

 

2015, 2016, & 2017

LOCAL WELLNESS POLICY

 

Reviewed by the Local Wellness & Advisory Board

December 18, 2018

 

I. Introduction

The primary duty of the Local Wellness and Advisory Board is improving how River Valley Detention collectively aligns itself with the tenets of the Local Wellness Policy by demonstration with the Residents, and assessing the usefulness of content.  Evaluating the Policy on a three-year rotation allows Administration, Line Staff, Joliet Township High School District 204 Teachers, and Food Services staff to better serve Residents and highlight the Board’s commitment to Wellness.

  

II. Process

Local Wellness and Advisory Board’s evaluation process is an important step toward increasing Resident and staff participation in the process and improving River Valley for everyone.  River Valley strives to inform the public, staff, and the student culture of its Wellness Policy.  It is encouraged by Administration and encouraged as follows:

        Residents and staff need to recognize their roles in the success of the Local Wellness Policy;

 

        Residents have a clear understanding of wellness in many forms, including, but not limited to:  Nutrition Classes; PE Classes; Dietician presentations; Line Staff programming geared toward healthy eating and/or exercise; and  

 

        Residents have shown an appreciation for said programming and understand myriad concepts through effective teaching and programming.

  

III. Considerations for the Local Wellness Policy

        The Policy has been updated regularly when there have been new additions to Programming, or other facility-driven protocol.

 

        The Policy is promulgated to the stakeholders, facility staff, and the public.

 

        The Policy continues to realign its goals and objectives as Illinois State Board of Education/USDA regulations dictate.

 

        The Policy includes verbiage about the County’s Wellness Initiative which further enhances and enforces the tenets of the facility’s Local Wellness Policy.

 

IV.  Conclusion

The Board concludes that when comparing the Detention Center’s Local Wellness Policy to other such policies in Detention Centers and/or high schools, the Detention Center’s Wellness Policy continues to conform to all regulations and maintains the efficacy of the promoted goals and objectives with vigor.