The purpose of the Prince George's County Problem Solving Court’s New Direction Youth Diversion Program is to offer youth the opportunity to enter and complete a structured community-based program as an alternative to formal involvement within the Criminal Justice System. The objective of the program is to:
- Provide academic monitoring/assistance via case management supervision,
- Provide services that would support sobriety and abstinence from illegal substances,
- Provide tutoring services,
- Conduct monthly case reviews under non-judicial proceedings,
- Assist youth in comprehending consequences of delinquent behavior through multiple auxiliary services, and
- Assisting youth in appreciating and accepting the consequences of their actions
Scope of Services
- Weekly supervision/monitoring at assigned school
- GED Services via Problem Solving Courts Classroom
- Tutoring/Mentoring services
- Participation in weekly or random urinalysis (as deemed appropriate)
- Weekly group/individual substance use treatment sessions (as deemed appropriate)
- Participants will be required to complete a drug education assignment for presentation
- Monthly non-adversarial Judicial review
- Creation and presentation of participant’s Vision Board
New Direction Youth Diversion Program FAQ’s
- The program began in the Circuit Court of Prince George's County in 2021
- 90-day program
- Eligible participants must be a resident of Prince George's County between the age of 12-18 and must have no history of violent offenses.
- Case can be referred through the Department of Juvenile Services as an informal supervision case or as a Pre-Adjudicated condition.
- Referrals can be received from the Department of Juvenile Services, Defense Attorney or Presiding Judge
- Click here for a client referral form.