(Annapolis, MD) WNAV — A new project to intervene in a youngster’s life before it goes off the rails, down the wrong path, and he/she ends up in the juvenile justice system, is in the works.
The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney, Anne Colt-Leitiss, is announcing that her office will partner with the state Department of Juvenile Services for funding and Anne Arundel County Schools in the new effort.
The new initiative is being paid for by a U.S. Department of Justice grant. It will focus on local students and identify “at risk” youth in grades 6 – 9 who are facing extended suspensions or other serious discipline.
A licensed clinical social worker, and a staff member from the prosecutors’ office will be assigned to the student.
Challenging issues like substance abuse and addiction, homelessness, mental health and experienced trauma will be addressed by professionals. Special attention will be given to students in grades six through nine who may benefit from counseling and mentorship.
They plan to assist 20 students and their families each month.
The program will be in place for two years.