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DCYS Program: Surveillance, Drug Testing, Searches and Firearm Restrictions

Surveillance

Surveillance helps your JSO to know if you are following the rules, especially your curfew. A staff person from DCYS will sometimes contact you to see if you are where you are supposed to be. There are two types of surveillance:

  • Field – A staff person from DCYS will stop by your house after your curfew to see if you are there.
  • Telephone – A staff person from DCYS will call you on the phone to make sure you are home. If no one answers, staff will leave a message. If you miss a call, you need to call back immediately.

Drug Testing -

You cannot use illegal drugs, alcohol, or any medication that is not prescribed to you. There are rules about when your JSO can test you for drugs or alcohol:

  • If you are on house arrest – Your JSO can ask you to submit to a test for drugs or alcohol at any time. To test for alcohol, you will be required to blow in a device that measures the amount of alcohol in the blood. To test for drug use, you will give a urine sample while being observed by a staff member of the same gender. The sample will be tested in the office. If it is positive, it will be sent to the lab.
  • All other kinds of supervision – Your JSO can ask you to submit to a test for alcohol or drugs IF there is a good reason to suspect you have used.

You are responsible for paying for all drug tests. If you are only tested in the office, you will be charged five dollars. If your sample has to be sent to the lab for any reason, you will be charged twenty dollars. DCYS doesn’t make money on your drug tests; we only charge you what the tests cost us.

Searches

There are also rules regarding when your JSO can search you or your property:

  • If you are on house arrest – Your JSO can search you, your room, your locker at school, or anything else that belongs to you.
  • All other kinds of supervision – Your JSO can search you or your property IF there is a good reason to believe you have something that is against the rules.
  • Officer safety if you ride in a car with a staff member from DCYS, you may be asked to turn out your pockets or be patted down to be sure you do not have anything that could be unsafe.

Firearms

You may not own or use a gun while you are supervised by DCYS. You may not have anything associated with guns, such as bullets or gun clips (magazines). You may not have anything that looks like a gun, even if it isn’t real. If you have been adjudicated of a felony, there are State and Federal laws that prohibit your use of guns.  You can find more about the Statute at the following link: State of Kansas Firearm Restriction.