Monday January 13, 2020

Cabarrus Juvenile Crime Prevention Council seeks programs to fund

The Cabarrus County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) posted its request for proposals for programs to fund in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.

Local public agencies, non-profits and housing authorities are invited to submit applications for programs that address a variety of issues related to juveniles, including substance abuse treatment, sex offender assessment and treatment, counseling services, restitution/community service, mediation and conflict resolution, mentoring, vocational development and more.

The application deadline is February 17 at 5 p.m.

“It continues to be our priority that programs are available for any juvenile in Cabarrus County who needs help, services, mentorship or guidance,” said JCPC Chair Megan Baumgardner, a Concord attorney. “The more programs we fund, the better off our kids will be.”

Cabarrus County is expected to receive $459,927 in state funds to use for support of the selected programs.

According to the request for proposals, applicant programs should target “certain risk factors for youth delinquency or repeat delinquency,” including runaway behaviors, substance use, association with others involved in delinquent/criminal activity, association with gang members, adverse childhood experiences, human trafficking and a reduction in juvenile recidivism.

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners appoints members of the JCPC, and the committee must include certain public agency leaders from a variety of disciplines. The JCPC is “responsible for developing a local continuum of needed sanctions and services to address the issues of delinquent juveniles, those juveniles most likely to become delinquent, and their families,” according to the NC Department of Public Safety.

Each year, the JCPC reviews the needs of at-risk juveniles in the county and assesses the resources available to meet those needs. Then the group develops an action plan and creates the request for proposals.

The JCPC also:

  • Evaluates the performance of juvenile programs and the services they provide
  • Works to increase public awareness of the causes of delinquency and the strategies to reduce it
  • Develops strategies to intervene, and appropriately respond to and treat, the needs of those at risk for delinquency
  • Provides funds for services for treatment, counseling or rehabilitation for juveniles and their families

For those interested in applying, mandatory informational sessions are scheduled for January 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and January 23 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor of the Cabarrus County Governmental Center, 65 Church St. S.

For more information, contact P. Scott Stoker, area consultant with N.C. DPS Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, at 704-603-6833.

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