The Transforming Lives Cooperative (TLC) Residential program is the continuation of a cognitive behavioral approach to rehabilitation initiated in late 2008. The program, formerly known as the About Face Program, adopted the TLC name for 2010 to better reflect the department’s commitment to therapeutic programming. This cognitive behavioral program helps program participants learn how thinking errors affect their life and the lives of those around them. The program has evolved from its inception as a boot camp to the current therapeutic community approach. Staff members encourage program participants to process decisions leading to problem behaviors based on whether the behavior is hurting them or someone else, against the rules, making things worse, selfish, or illegal. Probationers are prompted to identify thinking errors being used and alternative ways of thinking and behaving.
The TLC Residential Program only accepts juveniles assigned by order of the Juvenile Court pursuant to Progressive Sanction Level 5. Juveniles are assigned to this program for a period of six to twelve months with requirements for participation in all required program activities and compliance with program rules, policies and procedures. The TLC Residential Program is operated in a secure educational setting on location at the Jerry J. Esmond Juvenile Justice Center, under the constant direction, supervision, and guidance of program staff referred to as Team Leaders. Educational needs are provided for by contract with Dickinson Independent School District. Additional contract services provided for residents include: psychological testing; psychiatric assessment and treatment; individual, group and family counseling; sex offender treatment; substance abuse education and treatment; Youth Cognitive Lifeskills training ; and onsite medical services.
The TLC Residential Program seeks to provide a program to effectively channel the delinquent juvenile's behavior into more positive outcomes in the forms of willing law abiding citizens, instilling within its participants the importance of self discipline, responsibility, and respect towards one’s self and ones community. The TLC program was implemented to reduce the number of juveniles committed to the Texas Youth Commission.