The defense attny and PO are both recommending that difficult child stay in detention until his trial then be released with maybe some detention time on weekends or something under the condittion that he (or we?) go to counseling at the local mental health dept. They are doing this to try to keep difficult child from being recommitted to Department of Juvenile Justice and both have rebuffed by suggestion that even if the trial is postponed, to have difficult child come out for some period of time on the program with the ankle bracelet. The defense attny said since that program is only available to kids awaiting trial, they are afraid that difficult child would mess up on it and then it would be a 100% given that he'd be recommitted. Well, 1) if they are that sure he's likely to reoffend, why are they pushing that outpatient counseling might change things if it never changed things before and the profs recommended Residential Treatment Center (RTC)? (They said to give difficult child one last chance.) and 2) It would apppear to me that a judge would look at the fact that no one is requesting difficult child come out on that program and determine that if people aren't asking for that, they sure don't feel like he'll make it out it without it so he'll recommit difficult child right away. The defense attny said his legal strategy is just the opposite though- he says the judges there would most likely recommmit difficult child to Department of Juvenile Justice, however, he wants to argue that difficult child has sat in detenttion for these weeks awaiting trial and therefore should not be recommitted because he's served a punishment of incarceration already so he should have another chance prior to a recommittal. Honestly, I have zero faith in the idea of outpatient therapy at our mental health dept is going to do the trick- especially when they give therapy based on what legal people tell them instead of on competent mental health profs' assessments and recommendations and most of them are young, inexperienced, minimally paid and trained newcomers in the field. It seems to me it might be best for difficult child to get recommitted now instead of going thru a process that at best just gives him time to commit a worse offense and at worst, triggers more psychiatric problems at home which is what has happened before when we get under-trained people to work with this severity of problem. Since I'm being told that nothing else is available and difficult child no longer qualifies for the little services that were available under probaation (prior to commitment), I'd rather he go back now for 3-6 mos for these parole violations than to set him for for bigger failure and he end up going back for longer and dragging this out while he continues to get worse. If I don't support this recommendation of the defense attny and PO though, a GAL will be assigned and we'll be back to a custody issue.