The delinquency prevention program seeks to address the service needs of chronically-truant youth, first-time offending youth with minor charges, but who have not been formally adjudicated in Family Court, and other youth at highest risk for delinquency as identified by DHS.
Click here for a listing of the main program components. Delinquency prevention programs are designed to provide “one-stop shopping” with most of the basic services available at each site.
Specifically, the program seeks to target youth who:
Additional factors considered include: individual and peer related risk factors such as alienation, rebelliousness, association with peers who engage in delinquency, bullying behavior, parental incarceration, and a favorable attitude towards delinquent behavior; and alcohol and/or drug abuse.
Delinquency Prevention Programs follow a “no-reject” policy. In other words, DHS will determine if a youth is an appropriate referral to the program and providers are required to accept all referrals.
Length of Service
DHS will authorize delinquency prevention services for an initial period of up to 12 months. However, this timeframe may be extended on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the child.