OJA Staff and Services
|OJA Organizational Chart (will open a .pdf file)|
|OJA Executive Team|
|OJA District Offices|
|State Transition and Reintegration System (STARS)|
|Parental Responsibility Project|
|Vocational Skill Centers|
|Volunteer Program (2001 Awards Ceremony)|
|OJA Volunteer Program Information|
|Community Intervention Centers (CIC)|
OJA Executive Team
Legal Division, General Counsel
(405) 530-2939 email@example.com
Deputy Director, Dept. of Juvenile Services
Deputy Director, Dept. of Residential Services
Deputy Director, Support Services Division
Media/Community Relations, Director
Human Resources, Director
Deputy Director, Dept. of Financial Services
Director of Planning & Research
Director of Public Integrity
Director, State Advisory Group
|OJA District Offices|
|District – A
3421 Lakeside Lane
Woodward, OK 73801
(580) 254-2350 fax
Jennie Small, District Supervisor
Counties served: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver,
Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Garfield, Dewey District – C
2319 W. 7th Place
Stillwater, OK 74074
(405) 372-3550 fax
Don Sosbee, District Supervisor
Counties served: Kay, Noble, Logan, Lincoln,
Payne, Pawnee, Osage
1498 S. Elliott
Pryor, Ok 74361
(918) 825-5495 fax
Lindon Thompson, District Supervisor
Counties served: Washington, Nowata, Rogers,
Craig, Mayes, Ottawa, Delaware District – I
2nd & Carl Albert Parkway
Courthouse, 2nd Floor
McAlester, OK 74501
(918) 426-5883 fax
Tim Thomas, District Supervisor
Counties served: Haskell, Pittsburg, Latimer,
LeFlore, Coal, Atoka, Choctaw, Pushmataha, McCurtain District – K
1715 SW 11th Street, Suite 2
Lawton, Ok 73501
(580) 357-5719 fax
Greg Delaney, District Supervisor
Counties served: Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman,
Comanche, Cotton, Stephens, Jefferson
|District – B|
Clinton, Ok 73601
(580) 323-5934 fax
Jerry Moran, District Supervisor
Counties served: Roger Mills, Beckham, Harmon, Greer, Custer, Washita, Blaine, Caddo, Kingfisher, Canadian, Grady
OJA provides a reintegration and accountability follow-up program for OJA youth returning to their home communities from residential or institutional placements through contracts with the Oklahoma Military Department (OMD). The State Transition and Reintegration System (STARS) program includes five components: Accountability, Mentorship, Community Service, Rewards, and Discipline. OMD staff manages these components with offices at National Guard Armories located throughout the state. These offices utilize state funds and resources separate and apart from armory operations.
As part of the "discipline" component, the STARS program maintains a sanctions facility located at Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor, Oklahoma. This facility operates an intensive 14-21 day discipline program intended to correct the errant behavior of youth in the reintegration network and is staffed by National Guard, Reserve, and retired military personnel. This facility represents the third level of a three level graduated sanctions program, after which any youth failing this program is subject to placement by OJA into other, more intensive programs.
Parallel to the graduated sanctions program, a graduated reward system is employed to provide incentives for youth to comply with their reintegration plan. It provides for decreased supervision, physical rewards, recreational group activities, and, ultimately, a reduction in their stay in state custody.
A support mentor or accountability officer is assigned to each youth upon entering the STARS network. These individuals provide accountability and control services on a contractual basis with OMD and are required to execute and document daily contact with the youth as appropriate to their level of risk. A volunteer mentor, recruited from the youth’s zip code area and required to meet with the youth one hour a week, is also assigned to each youth and acts as a coach and advisor to the youth. Mentors are selected from a broad spectrum of individuals within a community, from mobilization solders to retirees to housewives to students, etc.
Social services, including but not limited to individual group counseling, sex offender treatment and substance abuse counseling, are provided through local community-based providers. These services are identified through individualized treatment planning by OJA, STARS, and the local providers.
A primary responsibility of STARS is to ensure ongoing accountability for every youth in the network, as well as serving as the primary communications hub for OJA case workers and service providers involved in the supervision and treatment of these youth. The STARS pilot program now functions in the eastern one-third of Oklahoma and will be expanded to the entire state as budgeting allows. When fully implemented, it will include 11 offices, 3 sanctions facilities, approximately 250 OMD employees and contractors, and will utilize over 1000 National Guard and Reserve soldiers in various capacities.
Vocational Skill Centers
A Public-Private Partnership
In 1997, two community residential facilities (the Tulsa Boys’ Home in Sand Springs, and the Ghost Mound Group Home in Hydro) became the sites for a vocational and technical skills building program which differed from the traditional programs usually offered at such facilities. These Skill Centers came about as the result of an agreement entered into between OJA and the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education (ODVTE) whereby ODVTE agreed to operate a Skill Center at each facility.
Each facility contracted with local school districts to provide their youth the basic educational programs required for their participation in the ODVTE’s Skill Center program. The Association of General Contractors (AGC), a private sector group, was brought into the partnership by OJA and ODVTE to provide these youth with practical on-the-job experience and training to complement and expand upon their training in the Skill Centers. By contract, AGC ensures that youth who successfully complete job skills training at the Skill Centers receive, Each facility contracted with local school districts to provide their youth the basic educational programs required for their participation in the ODVTE’s Skill Center program. The Association of General Contractors (AGC), a private sector group, was brought into the partnership by OJA and ODVTE to provide these youth with practical on-the-job experience and training to complement and expand upon their training in the Skill Centers. By contract, AGC ensures that youth who successfully complete job skills training at the Skill Centers receive, under the supervision of a mentor, paid work-site learning experiences and training.under the supervision of a mentor, paid work-site learning experiences and training.
The concept of coordinating public and private resources in addressing the need for juvenile delinquency prevention programs is one of many viable approaches that OJA has successfully and productively implemented. Along with being an innovative idea within the juvenile justice arena, it also gives youth the opportunity to make real choices about the direction they want to take in life, armed with marketable job skills, actual work experience, and a caring and concerned mentor to assist them on their journey.