I called state Department of Juvenile Justice and found a few things out- some good, some not so good. She said difficult child will not spend the max amount of time in (3 years) and his time starts counting from the day of the court, even though they haven't processed him at the state yet and have not determined his length of stay range yet. If I move away from this area, the parole officer is transferred to my registered residence. The probation officer submits whatever she has to the state. If I have other stuff that is relevant, I can give it to the probation officer/courts to have it submitted in the package. The IEP re-evaluation has to continue- either by home school district or by state, but not put on hold. Once records are sent to state, they assign a parole officer right away- he/she works with probation officer (physically and figuratively) to decide what is needed for difficult child and family. The parole officer starts right away "working with" the parent to have the parent do what they thhink is needed before the difficult child gets out. The parole officer gets this "what is needed" info from the probation officer. If the probation has ever recommended anything, that gets relayed to parole officer and becomes a requirement. (oh boy). The difficult child and the parent have to do whatever is determined by the facility difficult child is in and the parole officer prior to allowing difficult child to be released and return home. Working on these things starts right away, even if the difficult child gets a sentence of a year or longer and continues for his entire length of stay. Family therapy might be involved while the difficult child is incarcerated but if it is, it's only if the parent lives locally and it is done during visitation hours. Mental health programs: all the difficult child's get the same program, unless there is an extreme circumstance requiring a specialized treatment, then the kid is sent elsewhere (ie- a sexual offender or substance abuser). They are a correctional facility- not a mental health service provider. Any additional treatment needed will become a requirement to be provided upon the kid's release. Also, I happened to be reading something on the way funding works around here. It is required in Virginia that if a service is needed for a kid in the Department of Juvenile Justice system already, the county funding is NOT allowed to be accessed. It HAS to be funded through crime prevention money first. Ok- but here's the trap- crime prevention money can ONLY be spent on crime prevention services. So, difficult child was SOL. He needed psychiatric care- there was no way to access other county agency help or funding for it and crime prevention money only covers care as it pertains to crime prevention (ie- behavior mod therapy or substance abuse or something like that). Being that they will never let difficult child out of the Department of Juvenile Justice system, one way or another, I guess it's a SOL situation- he'll never get anything more, mental health wise. My advice to others: do all you can to keep your difficult child out of the Department of Juvenile Justice system or if they are already in the system, do whatever you can to get them out ASAP- at least if you live in VA and your kid has an Axis 1 diagnosis. So, for those of you in the process of moving, can you send me your empty boxes when you are finished with them?