Children’s Services Council announces availability of 2.5 for New Diversion Alternatives for Youth (New DAY) Programs and Approximately $312,000 for LAW 2014: Legal Advocacy Works Programs and Legal Hotline
Lauderhill, FL — The Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) announces the availability of approximately $2.5 million for Better Choices, an RFP with three opportunities: 1) New DAY programs that will reduce the recidivism rate of low-risk juvenile offenders and prevent the escalation of crime. This includes group, individual, and family counseling; case management; restorative justice conferences; community service activities; parent education sessions; and supervision of diversion and civil citation sanctions. The target population will be juvenile offenders up to and including the age of 17 at the time of the offense who have been referred by the State Attorney’s Office or by Law Enforcement for offenses allegedly committed within the jurisdiction of Broward County and who meet the specific eligibility criterion for diversion as determined by the State Attorney’s Office Circuit 17 or for civil citation, as determined by Florida Statute 985.12; 2) LAW programs to serve youth who are dually involved in the delinquency and dependency systems (i.e. “crossover youth), and are at higher risk than other youth of being detained, remain longer in the delinquency system, recidivate at higher rates than delinquent youth without a dependency history. This includes providing legal services and case management tailored to the specific needs of crossover youth including assistance with establishing appropriate educational placement; stable living arrangements; accessing medical and behavioral health services and Public Assistance benefits; and a Request for Letters of Intent for Law-Line, a legal services hotline for families.