The Juvenile Court Diversion program is designed to encourage development of services to youth and families at the local level while diverting youth from commitment to Division of Youth Services (DYS).

The programs are designed to provide early interventions to prevent further involvement into the juvenile justice system. Judicial circuits across the state apply for grants from DYS to create specific services or solutions for problems unique to their communities.

More than 85% of the judicial circuits statewide receive funding and are operating diversionary programs. Many of these programs and services would not otherwise be available to youth near their homes without juvenile court diversion funding.