TJJD Family Support Services

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) believes we can increase the likelihood of success for our youth when we involve their families in their rehabilitation plan. Each of our facilities has unique strategies and events for encouraging family involvement. These events include:

  • Family Days
  • Family Orientation Sessions
  • Facility Open House
  • High School/GED Graduations
  • Multidisciplinary Team Meetings
  • Visitation
A Family Liaison is Ready to Help

Each high restriction facility has a Family Liaison to assist families in staying involved in their child’s treatment, and making informed choices regarding their child’s individual case plan (ICP).

Visiting your Child

Family members are encouraged to write letters to their child and visit them as often as they can. Before you visit your child, each family member must complete an application and consent to a criminal history check in order to be placed on the approved visitation list. Click here to access the application:http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/about/CCF_051.pdf. Family members who need financial assistance with transportation expenses to visit their child are encouraged to contact their Family Liaison.

Preparing for your Child’s Return Home

For families living in certain counties in Texas, the agency is able to provide Family Reunification Services that involve parenting groups, family therapy, and case management. The family sessions are provided with the use of video conferencing to connect youth and family without having to drive the long distance to the TJJD facility.

Some youth will be released back to their homes with prescribed medications. It is important that the youth and their family be aware of medication management. Please click on this Do’s and Don’ts – Medication Management link for important information.

Contact your Family Liaison for more information.

Who is your Family Liaison?

Mart Residential Treatment Center
Robin Black
254-297-8246
Robin.Black@tjjd.texas.gov

Evins Regional Juvenile Center (Edinburg)
Elva Benitez
956-289-5547
Elva.Benitez@tjjd.texas.gov

Gainesville State School
Elizabeth Hevizy
940-665-0701 ext. 268
Elizabeth.Hevizy@tjjd.texas.gov

Giddings State School
Vacant

McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility (Mart)
Mary Garrity
254-297-8301
Mary.Garrity@tjjd.texas.gov

Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Facility (Brownwood)
Kevelle Bailey
325-641-6486
Kevelle.Bailey@tjjd.texas.gov

Central Office, Supervisor of Family Support
Rebecca Garza
512-490-7662
Rebecca.Garza@tjjd.texas.gov

Publications & Tools for Families

  • Medication Management