Posted by Terry Everett on Feb 27, 2019
    Lisa Tomlinson is the chief juvenile probation officer for Grayson County.  She will be head of the Grayson County Juvenile Services, a position in which Bill Bristow held before retiring in 2015.
    Lisa graduated with a bachelors of arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1988.   She worked for Grayson County Juvenile Probation from 1988 to 1993 when she was promoted to deputy director of the Juvenile Detention facility. She stayed with Grayson County until 2000 when she took the position as chief juvenile probation officer for Johnson County. In 2004, she became the chief juvenile probation officer for Somerveil County.
    Lisa said they are trying to work with kids in a trauma based way by implementing a program called TBRI.  TBRI stands for Trust Based Relational Intervention.  It's all about creating a safe environment for kids who are dealing with different types of trauma in their lives.
    When law enforcement creates a report a referral is generated.  Lisa added that the referrals are on a downward trend for some unexplained reason.  She also noted that many of the kids they are seeing today have mental issues they have to deal with, too.  Many of these kids are taking all kinds of medications.  These kids require a lot more work than just a criminal kid.  
    In 2014, they had 333 referrals in the juvenile placement department.  In 2018, they had 259.  Violent felonies are also down, which is good news.  
    One of the highest level of felonies now are property crimes.  Assaults are a very close second.  Kids are much more violent now than they were in the past.
    Sex crimes and assaults are ongoing.  There is a huge increase in family violence assaults.  
    Some of the probation programs they offer today include drug treatment and education.  They also utilize equine therapy which does amazing things.  They offer traditional and in-home counseling services.
    In working with kids on probation they are trying to place them outside the home.  They look at a lot of different things in determining what the best fit is for the kids.  They don't want to send the kids away just to send them away, but to a place that will contribute to their success.
    The detention center is a tri-county facility for Grayson, Cooke and Fanning Counties.  Although the length of stays are increasing, so are the graduation numbers.  
    It was pointed out that although the detention center is ran by the county, it is a self funding program with no financial assistance from Grayson County.  Other counties around the state pay to have kids stay in the detention center.