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Chester County Pennsylvania Intake Diversion Program Final Report

Published Oct 31, 2012, Andrew Wachter, Teri Deal, Mary Gaspari, Valerie Williams, Rebecca Nelson

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In 2009, with support from Models for Change, Chester County, Pennsylvania developed an Intake Diversion Program. Through collaboration with experts in the field of juvenile justice including the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), the Council of Juvenile Court Administrators (CJCA), the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), and the National Youth Screening & Assessment Project (NYSAP) and insight from probation practitioners and community stakeholders, a data-driven protocol was developed and implemented to divert eligible youth from formal processing to appropriate treatment services.  This report describes  the development of the Intake Diversion Program, as well as its process and intermediate results.

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