Middletown Youth Services is working to expand the way it supports young people when they struggle. Here are a few of the ways we do so:
Middletown Youth Diversion Team: provides an alternative to court for first time youth offenders. The MYDT is made up of community volunteers and YSB staff who work with families to help form agreements that help repair harm caused and look to ensure the long-term success of our youth. Police and courts are the primary referral source. This process was referred to as a Juvenile Review Board in the past.
Service Review Team: provides a voluntary setting to families and teens to help them coordinate services and supports. The process allows for a family to "tell their story" to a small group of community members who are experts in local resources and can help identify next steps for the family to select. Anyone can refer.
Truancy/School Attendance Issues: provides a court alternative to support youth who are missing school and considered by law "truant". Our YSB offers a family assessment and can help connect to support services and positive youth development programs that may assist in the youth attending school on a more regular basis.