Juvenile Alternative Facility

Juvenile Alternative Facility Hands

At the Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility (JAF) we provide coed residential services and non-secure detention services for youth (ages 11-17) taken into custody for a delinquent offense, probation violation, warrant, or 72-hour health and safety hold and that meet the criteria for placement.

COVID-19 Response

As part of a coordinated response with Scott County law enforcement agencies, Community Corrections, and Social Services, the Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility (JAF) will keep beds available so it can provide for the safety of the public and youth in danger. The JAF has implemented guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This response includes only accepting youth who meet placement criteria while not exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If you are uncertain whether a youth placement falls under these guidelines, please contact the Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility at 952-496-8950, and staff will follow the COVID-19 intake protocols in determining appropriate placement.

The Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility is open to professional and parent visits.  However, as part of the Scott County COVID-19 response and in a continued effort to protect citizens, employees, and those who could be impacted by the virus, the JAF can provide visitation and contact through video conferencing and phone visits.

All visitors will be asked if they have symptoms and will have their temperature taken at the front door when they come to the JAF.

A mask will also be required and available if needed.

All visits will still need to be scheduled under normal visitation times. Please contact the Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility at 952-496-8950, and staff will assist in scheduling any phone or video visits.


Through a collaboration of community resources, family-based services, assessments, and evaluations the JAF provides effective programs and services that assist residents in significantly improving their decision-making and life skills, especially during times of crisis.

We provide the least restrictive approach for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System by providing a collaboration of community resources; family based services as well as local assessments and evaluations.

Programs & Services

  • 30-day evaluation psychological program
  • Health and safety holds
  • Non-secure safety holds
  • Post-Disposition Programming
  • Scott County Mental Health services
  • Transitional services
  • Treatment plans

Public Notification-Non-Discrimination Statement

The Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility participates in the USDA child nutrition program. “In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”