JADI lands grant for new program

KPC News Service

Jan 16, 2019

ANGOLA — The Steuben County Probation Department announced Tuesday that its Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative office has been awarded an Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Title II grant in the amount of $52,368.

The grant will go toward a program designed to provide community-based support for adjudicated youth and will afford Steuben Circuit Court additional options for juveniles. Juveniles are handled through the Circuit Court, which also oversees the Probation Department.

Intended to reduce detention and out-of-home placement for adjudicated youth, the program titled Community-Based Support for Juveniles, or CBS4J, provides evidence-based services and support within the community.

Circuit Court Judge Allen Wheat said he is pleased with the juvenile justice reform efforts in Steuben County.

“I commend the efforts by so many individuals in Steuben County in developing and supporting JDAI and ICJI programming, which provides vital community-based services for system-involved youth,” Wheat said.

The project will be implemented and administered by the JDAI office. Oversight will be provided by an advisory board comprised of juvenile justice stakeholders.

The four areas of programming are:

• academic support, work and career awareness;

• mental health, resiliency and substance abuse prevention;

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• relationship building; and

• accountability and attitude.

Youth will spend approximately 10 hours weekly in programming.

Cahoots Coffee Café in Angola will provide mentors for the project. Cahoots will kick off a mentor recruitment and training initiative in the coming weeks. For more information on mentoring opportunities, contact Barb Bryan at 667-0628 or Lauralee McCloud at 667-4859.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola will provide program space and community service opportunities.

Other partners include Northeastern Center, the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation and Systems of Care. The Center for Community Justice located in Elkhart will provide training in restorative justice practices.

For more information about the project, contact Kathy Armstrong, JDAI coordinator at 316-3633.