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 prioritizes that only youth in eminent danger of harm or representing an imminent risk to public safety, and who meet placement criteria while not exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19 be placed within the facility.  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.

In addition, the Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility through court order is ordered closed to the public and visitors until at least May 18, 2020, as all Scott County Buildings are closed to the public through May 18, 2020, as part of the Scott County COVID-19 response in an effort to protect citizens, employees, and those who could be impacted by the virus.

For the youth who are in placement or will be placed, the Juvenile Alternative Facility will support contact with parents and professionals through video conferencing and phone visits.  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.”