JCPC funds help at-risk youth

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:18 PM

Bidding will start next week for nonprofit and government entities wanting funding through the North Carolina Juvenile Justice Prevention Council.

Money has been set aside by Vance, Warren and Granville counties to support case management and intervention services for at-risk youth in the surrounding counties. The District 9 case management provider, Youth Villages, is expected to apply.

The state cut funding for the organization’s Community Connections Program, administered through Youth Villages located in Durham, and the endeavor will get about $80,000 less to support its case-management services.

Two years ago, the organization’s Community Connections program secured $139,000 of JCPC endorsed funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. The allotment was a four-county — Vance, Warren, Granville and Franklin — collaboration to serve youths on the verge of entering correctional facilities.

The organization was able to get $50,000 of the state funding for next year, but about $80,000 was cut to fund other case management needs in the counties.

Youth Services went to the four counties for help. Vance, Granville and Franklin agreed to use their unallocated JCPC funds for the project.

Cindy Porterfield, area consultant for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, said Warren County was willing to support the effort but has not had at-risk youth with serve case management needs in the last year.

She said the state requires an open bidding process but hopes Youth Villages will apply.

“It could very well be someone else who applies and gets the funding,” she said.

The Community Connection program currently helps five youths and their families — two are receiving intense in-home therapy services, one is aid to combat a chronic and violent juvenile offender and another is getting assistance with medication management.

Porterfield said the services are important here because they provide at-risk youths and their families with all forms of financial and emotional support services at one time.

The organization has served more than 50 youth and families since 2012.

Porterfield said without more funding, Community Connections would have to cut some families it serves.

 

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