Strategic Operations, Office of the Director, seeks and/or reviews juvenile programs and services, coordinates and monitors grants, conducts research, produces information and publications for internal and external audiences, measures, evaluates, and assures compliance in Agency programs and policies, and reviews and evaluates the SCDJJ Strategic Plan on an annual basis.
Division of Investigative Services
The Division of Investigative Services conducts criminal and internal investigations; conducts inquiries into concerns on behalf of juveniles and their families; oversees audits of agency assets (i.e. vehicle and real property); manages agency K-9 Service for the detection of illegal drugs; manages agency gang related information, material or contraband; and maintains surveillance equipment and audio recordings for safety and investigation requests. The Division is also responsible for the Event Reporting System (ERS) - a state-of-the-art computer system used to ensure the comprehensive and real-time tracking, reporting and managing of events occurring within the agency.
Division of Education & Workforce Development
DJJ operates a fully accredited school district year-round for agency-involved youth. The Division of Education and Workforce Development is responsible for all educational programs operated by the Department and by contracted private vendors. All schools offer English, math, science, and social studies at the appropriate grades and levels for each student. Curricula for core courses are based on the SC Academic Standards for Education. Birchwood School offers full programs of study leading to a high school diploma. Students who are 16 and older and meet specific criteria may prepare for and earn a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Every student at DJJ is assessed for career interests, abilities, and values and then placed in appropriate academic and/or career and technology classes. The Division also focuses on fostering workforce development opportunities for DJJ youth. The agency's Youth Empowerment Sites (YES) is an employability training program designed for at-risk high school students. The YEC program provides job skills training, career exposure and community internship/work experience for participants throughout South Carolina.
Division of Legal Services
Legal Services assists and advises employees in the handling of SCDJJ related legal matters and assists as necessary in representing the Department and its employees in SCDJJ related legal proceedings.
Division of Rehabilitative Services
The Division of Rehabilitative Services provides and ensures equal access for all juveniles to comprehensive therapeutic services and empirically-validated best practices for clinical care, to include the following: crisis intervention and specialized clinical services; evaluation and assessment; mental health/psychiatric care and professional social work and psychological services; medical/dental primary care, triage, and medical referral services; medication administration and monitoring; employee health; interagency collaboration with other child-serving agencies for jointly-involved and/or special needs youth; and, provision of trauma treatment and training for all staff in trauma-informed care, as well as training provided to all staff regarding prevention and management of corrections fatigue. Another aspect of the Division is classification services, to include coordinating internal multi-disciplinary staffings and oversight of youth placement, movement, and transportation within and outside of SCDJJ facilities.
Division of Institutional Services
The Division of Institutional Services provides a safe and clean environment for youth in facilities, supports and facilitates access to programs, services, and activities to rehabilitate juveniles, and ensures proper security to protect the public.
Division of Community Services
The Division of Community Services is responsible for a wide range of direct services to youth and their families, as well as victims of crime, in communities statewide. Among these services are a number of programs and initiatives aimed at providing effective supervision of youth who are on probation or parole and to support their families, with the goals of reducing juvenile crime and recidivism, and providing for safer communities. DJJ provides services to youth and their families in the community through 43 DJJ county offices, servicing all 46 counties in South Carolina.
Office of Professional Standards
The Office of Professional Standards is comprised of two critical functioning areas of DJJ: Staff Development & Training and Standards Management.
Staff Development & Training is responsible for the essential functions of assessing, identifying, planning, coordinating, implementing, and delivering agency training and development programs for all staff at the agency. SD&T is also integral in the on-boarding process for new hires.
Standards Management works to foster an agency-wide culture fully committed to policy and procedure compliance, promoting accountability and consistency across all divisions, and most importantly ensuring that DJJ provides service excellence for the youth in our care and their families. Standards Management encompasses the areas of Performance-based Standards (PbS) and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
Office of Support Services
The Office of Support Services provides excellent customer service to both employees and juveniles through supply inventory and distribution, mail pickup and delivery, custodial cleaning services, motor vehicle fleet services to include providing vehicles for travel and transport, facility maintenance and repair, campus grounds maintenance, and other special projects to support the essential functions of SCDJJ.
Office of Institutional Programming
The Office of Institutional Programming develops and implements enriching programs and services for youth who are committed to SCDJJ’s long-term evaluation and detention facilities to include: recreational and leisure services, chaplaincy, volunteer and visitation services; management of the youth work program and the Agency’s Store of Hope. The Office is also responsible for overseeing the disciplinary process and incentive programs for youth in SCDJJ’s secure facilities.
Office of Fiscal Affairs
The Office of Fiscal Affairs provides fiscal oversight for all agency divisions. It is responsible for acquiring funds for the agency and managing those funds within the guidelines of the agency’s policies and mission, as well as, State and Federal regulations. The Office of Fiscal Affairs works to promote financial integrity and operate efficiently to meet the needs of the agency, vendors, customers, employees, juveniles and other entities. The Office is composed of three distinct operating units: Accounting: Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivables, and Trust Accounts; Finance: Budgets, Grants, Capital Projects, and Capital Assets; and Procurement: Purchasing, Solicitations and Contracts.
Office of Human Resources
The Office of Human Resources provides support and influences the strategic direction of the agency by providing managers and employees with innovative solutions to organizational and human resource issues. The office exists to provide services which help the agency to attract, retain, and reward competent and dedicated employees who share a commitment to the values of excellence and innovation in rehabilitation, education and service to juveniles in agency care and the community. HR is committed to promoting a quality work environment for SCDJJ employees that positively influences the empowerment of our youth for the future.