The Juvenile Diversion Program, a program of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Community Action Partnership (CAP), enables eligible youth, including at risk and high-risk youth, to prevent entry or re-entry into the juvenile justice system. The service target population is youth from 12 to 17 years of age.
The Juvenile Diversion programs provide services to youth who demonstrate behaviors typically associated with delinquency and which are likely to result in involvement with the juvenile justice system. Services include comprehensive case management, community service, counseling, skill building and academic assistance. These services are an alternative to more formal action with the juvenile justice and education systems and prevent more costly public or private interventions, such as juvenile hall, court, probation, and correctional camps.
Since 2005, The Children’s Initiative has successfully been under contract with the County of San Diego HHSA to provide technical assistance to Juvenile Diversion Contractors. Technical assistance includes training's, resource development, information sharing, networking opportunities, community partnerships and legislative advocacy. Juvenile Diversion programs provide prevention and intervention services to youth who demonstrate behaviors typically associated with delinquency and which are likely to result in involvement and escalation with the juvenile justice system. The Children’s Initiative has built long standing working relationships with local law enforcement, juvenile court judges, Probation Department, state and local elected officials, and numerous community partners all working to improve and strengthen prevention and intervention efforts for juveniles.