Juvenile Detention

Juli Reynolds, Director

Bay County Juvenile Home
520 West Hampton Road
Essexville, MI 48732-9710
Voice: (989) 892-4519
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049

ADA Information


The Bay County Juvenile Home (BCJH) is operated under the Office of the Bay County Executive.  The facility is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Child Caring Institution.  The BCJH is a 29 bed co-ed, secure facility for youth between the ages of 10-17. The function of juvenile detention is to provide temporary care for youth requiring secure custody pending court and disposition or pending transfer to another jurisdiction or agency.  Youth are admitted only by court order; voluntary placements can not be accepted. Intake Request Form

The BCJH was established to provide temporary care and services in secure and safe custody to juveniles ages 10-17 who are charged of a crime, adjudicated, pending court action or awaiting transfer to another facility and who cannot be served in an open setting. The Bay County Juvenile Home is committed to treating youth in a least restrictive manner which respects the individual while providing a safe and secure environment for all residents and staff. Basic purposes of the facility are to:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment for residents and staff.
  • Provide for resident's basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing and access to emergency medical and dental care.
  • Prevent the violation of resident's legal rights during detainment at the Bay County Juvenile Home.
  • Provide for the physical, emotional, religious, educational and social needs during detainment.
  • House the youth in a safe and humane environment, maintaining the level of security necessary to prevent escape and assures that the youth lives free of fear assault or intimidation. 


 Intake Request Form 

Visiting Days and Times

Visitation for residents is limited to approved parents/guardians, legal step-parents and grandparents on the following days and times:

Wednesdays 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Sundays 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Visiting is first come first serve.  If necessary the times will be split to accommodate all visitors. 

Phone calls

Phone calls to and from residents is limited to approved parents/guardians, legal step-parents and grandparents on the following days and times:

Wednesdays 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Sundays 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Phone calls are allowed in the order they are received and limited to 15 minutes.  Allowing unauthorized persons on the phone to speak with residents may result in loss of phone privileges.

Medical Services

If the resident to be detained takes prescribed medication, please be sure to bring the prescribed medication at the time of intake.  The medication must be in a pharmacy-dispensed bottle with instructions for administration on the bottle or written from the doctor.  Many factors are involved with allowing the youth to take the medication immediately.  Medications need to be verified and discrepancies in number or type of pills need to be researched. The following information should be on the prescription bottle:

  • Name and Address of pharmacy
  • Date of prescription or refill
  • Number of pills prescribed
  • Name of physician
  • Name of patient
  • Medication name
  • Dosage
  • Direction for use-including precautions if any

The Bay County Health Department provides an immunization clinic for residents the first Thursday of each month. 

Healthy Kids & Seniors Dental are on site for a dental clinic about every 60 days or as needed for residents. 

School Program

The school program is a, on site, fully accredited educational program staffed by the Bay Arenac Intermediate School District (BAISD). Classes include core academics following the Michigan curriculum guidelines, physical education, and academic work geared to each youths specific learning needs. The program also offers GED study if it is appropriate for an individual student. All teachers are certified. Youth may earn high school credits while attending the school program and those credits fully transfer back to the youths home school.  The school program follows the Bay City Public School's calendar.


The Bay County Juvenile Home participates in the National School Lunch Program, which ensures the nutritional quality of meals served meet minimum requirements. Residents receive three (3)  meals and a snack each day.  The facility never withholds food as a form of punishment or to induce a particular type of behavior. The BCJH is compliant with the civil rights policies within the NSLP program.

BCJH Wellness Policy

September Breakfast Menu

September Lunch Menu

September Snack Menu

Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Meals Outreach Program

Call 211 or text Food to 877877 for a Summer School Meals Program location near you 

School Emergency Drills 2017-2018