The Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services (BJJS) is responsible for the management, operations, program planning and oversight of all the youth development center/youth forestry camp facilities. These facilities are designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment, care and custody services to Pennsylvania’s most at-risk youth.
The youth entrusted to our care are male and female adolescents who have been adjudicated delinquent by their county judicial system. From the time of referral, we ensure that every youth receives individualized treatment services based on his/her strengths and needs. BJJS treatment services value strong child, family and community partnerships, promote competency development and victim awareness, while advocating for the continued improvement and integration of all child-serving systems.
All aspects of the BJJS facilities are based on the Restorative Justice concept thereby ensuring that all the facility programs provide equal attention to the victim, the youth, and the community.
The BJJS is committed to supporting the building of strong communities and serving as a model for juvenile justice services, while fostering hope and the opportunity for success.
Michael Pennington, Director
Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services
The Department of Human Services’s (DHS) Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services (BJJS) is responsible for the administration, management, and oversight of Pennsylvania’s public facilities for adjudicated delinquent youth and to enhance the quality and coordination of juvenile justice services throughout the Commonwealth to achieve our mission of Balanced and Restorative Justice. In 1956, the DHS established youth forestry camps (YFCs), which were located in more remote areas of the state. Currently, there are two camps in operation: YFC #2 and YFC #3. In 1959, the DHS established youth development centers (YDCs). Today, there are four centers in operation: South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit, North Central Secure Treatment Unit, Loysville (Secure Treatment Unit and Youth Development Center) and Cresson Secure Treatment Unit, which is privately operated through a state contract.
Support youth towards independence to become productive, contributing citizens and juvenile justice system improvement.
BJJS’s Mission Statement
The Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services (BJJS) will provide a system of individualized treatment services that values strong child, family and community partnerships; promotes competency development and victim awareness; and enhances the quality and coordination of our juvenile justice system.
COMMITMENT TO ACTION: We pledge to encourage and support those who serve youth, families, and the broader juvenile justice community.
RESPECT: We extend consideration and appreciation to youth, families, employees and stakeholders by fostering a fair, open and honest environment and workplace. We listen to the ideas and opinions expressed by others and treat them as we would wish to be treated.
INTEGRITY: We uphold a standard of transparency, professionalism, accountability and reliability. We conscientiously and cost effectively manage our operations to promote a workforce and provide services that are worthy of the public trust.
DIVERSITY: We value our customers and employees through inclusiveness and demonstrating respect for their perspectives and backgrounds.
ENTHUSIASM: We embrace our work and the challenges of the future with optimism and are open to the myriad of possibilities that may accompany change.
QUALITY: We fulfill our mission by providing relevant, timely, and effective services.
INNOVATION: We constantly seek new ways to accomplish our work and to generate extraordinary results. We are dedicated to delivering creative and forward thinking solutions.
COMMUNICATION: We strive to be inclusive, transparent and open in our conversations, both written and oral.
COLLABORATION: We strive to be inclusive, transparent and open in our conversations, both written and oral.