The Mecklenburg County JCPC follows the Communities that Care®
Comprehensive Strategy planning model developed by the North Carolina Office of Juvenile Justice, Jordan Institute for Families, and Developmental Research and Programs. The Comprehensive Strategy is a community-focused research-based approach to juvenile delinquency.
I. Risk and Needs Assessment
The Mecklenburg County JCPC has completed a community risk and needs assessment through a series of meetings, data collection, and input from the community. Through this assessment, the Mecklenburg County JCPC has identified the priority risk factors of juvenile delinquency in Mecklenburg County.
The following are the priority risk factors of juvenile delinquency in Mecklenburg County identified by the JCPC:
- Peers who engage in criminal activity
- Gang association
Peers who engage in delinquent behavior is also an important risk factor for youth in Mecklenburg County.
Review of Risk Factors
The Mecklenburg County JCPC reviewed each risk factor and all indicators provided by the Communities that Care ® Model. More than 120 indicators of individual, family, peer group, school-level, and community risk factors were reviewed. From those, the committee decided which indicators would be relevant to our community and would have the data to support.
Intermediate and Community Disposition Needs
Based on recommendations from community persons, focus group participants, and available resources within the community, the Mecklenburg County JCPC has also identified intermediate and community disposition needs for Mecklenburg County to impact the priority risk factors of delinquency for the Mecklenburg County JCPC targeted population.
The Mecklenburg County JCPC identified the following as community needs:
- Non residential substance abuse treatment
- Therapeutic foster homes
- Sex offender treatment
- Home based family services
- Community service and restitution
- Adult volunteer/ mentoring
- Parent skills/ responsibility classes
- Programs that empower parents
- Psychological assessment services
- Vocational/educational programs
- Educational day program
- Anger management/ conflict resolution
II. Resource Assessment
There are a multitude of agencies and youth programs in Mecklenburg County. Many of which address the priority risk factors identified by the JCPC. Please view our Resource Assessment page for a listing.
Resource Gaps, Issues, and Barriers
The JCPC has identified the following as gaps and issues for the priority risk factors and dispositional options for Mecklenburg County:
- Lack of educational day programs for short-term and long-term suspended students
- Lack of in-home based counseling and family therapy
- No community based female detention center
- Lack of residential and non-residential substance abuse services
- No gender-specific or adolescent-based substance abuse model
- No home-based treatment for youth on probation for sex offense
- Limited existing programs for youthful sex offenders
- Little mentoring available for adjudicated youth
III. Funding Priorities
The Mecklenburg County JCPC funding priorities are based on the intermediate dispositional options needed in the county that will help fill and address resource gaps, address dispositional needs, and work toward achieving juvenile justice, risk, and protective factor outcomes. Through a risk and needs assessment and a resource assessment, the JCPC has determined that the following services are needed to reduce/prevent delinquency in Mecklenburg County.
Parent/Family Skill Building
Structured After School Program
In-Home Researched Based Counseling Services
Temporary Shelter Care for Females and Males
Interpersonal Skill Building
The North Carolina General Assembly allocates funds to counties for community-based programs for delinquency prevention and treatment. Mecklenburg County expects to receive $1.4 million dollars for fiscal year 2008-2009. Funds are available for existing or new programming to serve 10-17 year old at-risk youth involved in the Juvenile Court.
Grants are distributed through the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and JCPC. Programs that address the priority risk factors identified by the Mecklenburg County JCPC and contain the following components receive priority:
- Evidence-based practices shown to be effective with juvenile offenders
- Outcome-based services
- Detect gang participation and divert individuals from gang participation
- Demonstrable impact on the following success factors:
- Reduce the use of alcohol or controlled substances;
- Reduce subsequent complaints;
- Reduce violation of terms of community supervision;
- Reduce convictions from subsequent offenses;
- Fulfill restitution to victims; and
- Increase parental accountability
Programs are also encouraged to promote the following protective factors:
- Healthy beliefs and clear standards
- Opportunities to contribute
- Individual characteristics
The following programs received grants for fiscal year 2008-2009:
- Barium Springs Court Psychologist
- Youth Homes, Inc.
- Alexander Youth Network/MST
- Alexander Youth Network/Multi-Dimensional Foster Care
- HYPE/After School
- RAP/After School
- DASH/Theft Diversion
- Project Challenge
*The data and information collected from this planning year does not replace that collected and reported from the previous year. All information is compiled and will be built-on throughout the planning process and assessed yearly.
The complete planning document can be obtained by the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at (336) 761-2452 or by emailing Dean Vick, Piedmont Area Consultant.