(a) The Division shall develop and implement a comprehensive juvenile delinquency and substance abuse prevention plan and shall coordinate with County Councils for implementation of a continuum of services and programs at the community level.
The Division shall ensure that localities are informed about best practices in juvenile delinquency and substance abuse prevention.
(b) The plan shall contain the following:
(1) Identification of the risk factors at the developmental stages of a juvenile's life that may result in delinquent behavior.
(2) Identification of the protective factors that families, schools, communities, and the State must support to reduce the risk of juvenile delinquency.
(3) Programmatic concepts that are effective in preventing juvenile delinquency and substance abuse and that should be made available as basic services in the communities, including:
a. Early intervention programs and services.
b. In-home training and community-based family counseling and parent training.
c. Adolescent and family substance abuse prevention services, including alcohol abuse prevention services, and substance abuse education.
d. Programs and activities offered before and after school hours.
e. Life and social skills training programs.
f. Classes or seminars that teach conflict resolution, problem solving, and anger management.
g. Services that provide personal advocacy, including mentoring relationships, tutors, or other caring adult programs.
(c) The Division shall cooperate with all other affected State agencies and entities in implementing this section. (1998-202, s. 1(b); 2000-137, s. 1(b); 2011-145, s. 19.1(l), (t); 2012-83, s. 13.)
Last modified: March 23, 2014