A school guidance counselor is aware of situation where an 18 year old high school student who still lives at home is out of control. Could I accept a JRB referral of a person who is a full time student and just turned 18 but still lives at home for beyond control behavior as a FWSN?An 18 year old, whether they live at home or not and whether they are a full time student or not would not be able to be referred to the JRB for beyond control. The charge of beyond control is a FWSN offense and only a person under the age of 18 at the time of the FWSN complaint could be referred to the juvenile court and therefore to the JRB.
Having said that, there is nothing that prohibits the JRB from meeting with the family to try and assist them in any way. The entire JRB process is voluntary anyway so, if the family was willing to participate, there is no reason why they couldn’t meet with the JRB. If the JRB can provide some guidance, advice or refer for services, that’s fine. All that is missing is the threat to refer the case to the juvenile court if the process failed. If the process failed in this situation, there really wouldn’t be any sanction.
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