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Mapping out help for ‘at-risk’ youth

October 14, 2015 | Filed in Archive
Mohawk Valley Regional Youth Justice Summit reviews needs of juvenile justice system

OCT. 14, 2015 – Montgomery and Fulton County Probation Departments will host a summit at HFM BOCES on Monday, Nov. 9, to review a plan to improve the juvenile justice system in the region.

The Mohawk Valley Regional Youth Justice Team – through Social Science and Associates – has been conducting an extensive needs assessment over the past seven months regarding the juvenile justice system in the greater Mohawk Valley region. The summit at HFM BOCES, one of several scheduled at various locations, is an opportunity for local stakeholders to view the draft report, learn about current initiatives and provide vital feedback to develop a regional action plan that improves juvenile justice in our communities.

The summit takes place from 9-11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 9, in HFM BOCES conference center. It is sponsored and organized by Kids Oneida, a non-profit organization that works with at-risk youth and their families to keep them from out-of-home placements. Using the wraparound philosophy towards treatment, Kids Oneida works with a comprehensive team to provide the child and family with individualized treatment and services to help them meet their goals.

The summit is designed for, and seeks feedback from probation officers, case workers, school superintendents and guidance counselors, mental health and substance abuse staff, courts and law enforcement personnel.