Leelanau County has implemented a Diversion/Prevention program that provides a counselor to specifically serve girls ages 10-17 who have formal or informal complaint and are referred by law enforcement, prosecutor’s office, and school counselors/administrators. In keeping with the best practices of gender specific case assignment, Leelanau believes that girls are being underserved by not having a female worker available. The program is modeled after the Adolescent Diversion Project (ADP) at Michigan State University, which is an evidence- based program that diverts arrested youth from formal processing in the juvenile justice system. The key difference is that rather than using college students, Leelanau court is using a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is gearing their program specifically towards female youth.

Contact: Jim Povolo (231) 256-9803 Ext. 231

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