Davidson County Juvenile Center
The Davidson County Juvenile Center (DCJC) is a 40-bed juvenile center for boys and girls, up to age 18, that also serves as the intake and assessment center for all youth taken into custody in the Nashville Metropolitan area. DCJC performs the intake assessment and placement services for the 400+ youth taken into custody each month. DCJC also accepts placement of all youthful offenders being held pending adjudication of their adult charges. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Medical/health services are provided by on-site. Medical staff includes Physician, contract Licensed Clinical Counselor, contract Psychiatrist, Nursing Supervisor, RNs and LPNs. The Medical Department is open sixteen (16) hours per day, seven (7) days per week. Upon arrival, all detainable juveniles are screened by the medical staff for medical and dental problems. Detainees who will remain for a longer period of time will be given a physical exam within the first fourteen (14) days of detention. The Nashville General Hospital is used for emergency hospital services. Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is used for dental services. Lentz Health is used for treating sexually transmitted diseases STDs). Contracted Mental Health staff are available in the event of a Mental Health Crisis.
Individuals are provided breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, which are managed by a licensed dietician, with special medical diets and religious diets provided as needed. Youth receive nightly and monthly incentive activities and canteen. Input on incentives is provided by the Youth Advisory Board. The facility is required by contract to maintain a 1:8 ratio of staff to individuals, on first and second shift and a 1:16 ratio on third shift. The facility has 79 direct care staff and 29 support staff.
The Davidson County Juvenile Center (DCJC) maintains ACA Accreditation
Facility serves youth taken into custody by law enforcement in the Nashville Metropolitan area.