The Juvenile Court Diversion program is designed to divert juveniles from commitment to the Division of Youth Services through early intervention and by working with less-serious offenders at home.

The programs are designed and implemented at the local level. Juvenile courts across the state apply for grants from the division to support programs like intensive probation, family therapy and group counseling. Traditionally, more than half of the court systems in the state apply for grants in any given year.

Through juvenile court diversion, many local communities around the state are providing services that would otherwise not be available to youths near their homes.