The Joseph A. Budd Assessment Center located at 50 East Street includes the Youth Aid and Student Support Unit (formerly Juvenile and Family Services).

The focus of the unit is to de-institutionalize juvenile status offenders, separate juveniles from adult offenders, and remove juveniles from secure areas of the police department. The officers assigned to the Budd Center process all juveniles under arrest, investigate criminal cases where the suspect is a juvenile, investigate and maintain reports of runaway and missing juveniles, and work with the Springfield Public Schools to provide a safe and healthy learning environment.  In order to provide early intervention, the Budd Center has worked to create a strong partnership with all agencies focused on meeting the needs of the family.