Creating Connections ...Building Bridges Together

The 2016 Office of Classification and Transportation Services (OCATS) Professional Development Conference took place on October 17th through 19th at the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island. All OCATS staff members from across the state joined together to hear from subject matter leaders in the field of juvenile justice while learning more about themselves and the agency. Led by OCATS Director Lisa Casey Bryson, the 2016 OCATS Professional Development Conference showcased the camaraderie and teamwork that is a hallmark of the Classification and Transportation staff. Featuring sessions with speakers such as DJJ Deputy Commissioner Margaret Cawood (The Positive Culture Change in DJJ), Substance Abuse Program Coordinator John Izzo (Overview of RSAT and Current Substance Abuse Issues Facing DJJ), Tania Appling (LGBTQI Training), Program Coordinators Windy Hix and Clay Tucker (The Screening Process), Racquel Watson (Calocus Refresher/Residential Services), DJJ Legal Director Cindy Wang (Legal Overview) and representatives from the Department of Corrections (Transportation Safety and What Happens When a DJJ Youth is Transferred), the OCATS Professional Development Conference gave attendees additional training and a special overview of the juvenile justice system at DJJ.

Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Expanding the OCATS Knowledge Base

At the 2016 Conference, OCATS employees had the chance to pick up additional skills needed to improve job performance in the areas of youth classification and transportation. Topics discussed included:

  • Customer Service
  • Team Building
  • Improving the Screening Process for Youth
  • Legal Review
  • Transportation Safety

OCATS -- Giving Back to the Community

After the coastal devastation of Hurricane Matthew, the members of the DJJ OCATS Team decided to give back to the community. Donating money that would otherwise have been used for internal gifts, the OCATS Team was able to collect over $250 for the FaithWorks organization based out of Glynn County to help those affected by the storm. In addition, conference attendees collected material goods and supplies for the hurricane victims.

FaithWorks is a nonprofit faith based organization located in Glynn County, GA, actively developing collaborative, ecumenical, and secular partnerships to maximize resources that meet human needs.

The Department of Juvenile Justice applauds the generous spirit of our classification and transportation employees.

Photos from the 2016 Office of Classification and Transportation Development Conference

The 2016 Office of Classification and Transportation Conference took place on October 17 - 19, 2016 at the Sea Palms Resort located on St. Simons Island.

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2016 OCATS Conference Spotlight

After another successful Office of Classification and Transportation Professional Development Conference, the Department of Juvenile Justice would like to highlight the outstanding work of three individuals who helped to make the conference a huge success: Lisa Casey Bryson, Ben Harvill and Tania Appling.

Lisa Casey Bryson / OCATS Director

The Office of Classification and Transportation staff would like to thank Director Lisa Casey Bryson for her hard work and diligence in helping to stage the 2016 Professional Development Conference

From Director Bryson: I am proud of the dedication of the entire DJJ Classification and Transportation staff. Each and every day, OCATS employees throughout Georgia go above and beyond the call of duty to help the youth whose care is entrusted to the Department of Juvenile Justice. The OCATS Development Conference is a chance for us to come together as one to learn and grow as one team. I know that the training and information shared at St. Simons will produce tangible benefits for the overall health of the Department of Juvenile Justice in 2017.

The Office of Classification and Transportation Services is responsible for providing quality services through the review and monitoring of detention center populations and placement in a secure treatment program; through the utilization of a Comprehensive Risk and Needs Assessment. The Office of Classification and Transportation Services provides statewide services in two core areas: Classification/Assessment and Transportation.

Ben Harvill / DJJ

The Office of Classification and Transportation would like to thank Director Ben Harvill of the Office of Health Services for his dedication and support in leading the Team Building session for the 2016 OCATS Professional Development Conference.

Tania Appling / DJJ

The Office of Classification and Transportation would like to thank Operations Training Program Manager Tania Appling for her help in leading a Transportation Break Out session during the 2016 OCATS Professional Development Conference.

Contact OCATS

Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

3408 Covington Highway

Decatur, Georgia 30032

Phone: 404-508-6500