accessKent will be down for maintenance between 2:30 and 3:30pm, Tuesday, April 11th. The outage will be for approximately 30 minutes.
Kent County LogoKent County Seal

Juvenile Detention Center

Behavior Program

The Detention Center provides residents with a cognitive learning model (Cognitive Behavioral Training or CBT), designed to change adolescent value and belief systems by getting them to examine their thinking before making choices. This training is designed to teach residents to be actively involved in their own care and outcome.  The goal here is to help reduce recidivism by teaching residents to make rational choices, and maintain this thinking ability after they leave Detention.

By using the CBT concept our residents are able to connect their behaviors with both positive and negative consequences. The outcome of using this concept is increased staff interaction with residents and decreased inappropriate behaviors resulting in room confinement. The residents learn the connection between their behavior and the consequences, and can better deal with their inner struggles.

Contact Us

Juvenile Detention Center

Juvenile Detention

1501 Cedar Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-1390

(616) 632-5750

(616) 632-5758

Stacy McGinnis

Rick Gutierrez
Assistant Superintendent

Visitation Hours


Last Name Begins With:
A - K, 1:00 - 2:00pm
L - Z, 3:30 - 4:30pm


Last Name Begins With:
A - K, 6:00 - 7:00pm
L - Z, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Employee Recognition

Nominate a Kent County Employee for Quality Service!