Division of Youth Services

Gloucester County Division of Youth Services

At the pleasure of the Gloucester County Freeholder Board, the Gloucester County Youth Services Commission serves as the comprehensive planning entity for local youth, as part of New Jersey's Juvenile Reform Bills first signed into law in December of 1995. Youth Service Commissions were established by law to plan and implement strategies, and to advocate the reduction of juvenile delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system with in our County. Youth Services Commissions are also designated to make recommendations, to the Gloucester County Freeholder Board, for the distribution of State/ Community Partnership/ Family Court Grant and Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative funding. Responsibilities include planning, funding, and monitoring of services for youth involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system in five key domains which include:

Prevention - Services funded included after school programs for youth in Woodbury, Paulsboro and Glassboro, as well as the Gloucester County SURE Student Summit.

Diversion - Services funded include a station-house adjustment programming and Family Court informal court programming for youth who have minor offenses as well cases involved with the Family Crisis Intervention Unit. 

Detention - Juvenile Detention is provided by Camden County under a shared services agreement.  Youth, in Detention and currently involved in a Detention alternative, are reviewed monthly for case planning recommendations and service requests by Gloucester County’s Juvenile Multi-Disciplinary Team called the Juvenile Expediting Team (JETs). Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) funding also provides services to assist youth by providing enrichment coaching, orientations, court notifications and additional resource for youth at risk of violating the terms of their probation.

Disposition – Services funded for juvenile probationers including specialized counseling for juvenile sex offenders, substance abuse outpatient treatment, cognitive behavioral skills training, life coaching, and employment and education advocacy services.

Re Entry
- Youth coming back into the county from secure care need targeted, personalized services. These youth receive resource planning through the Juvenile Multi-Disciplinary Team called the JETs. Re-Entry youth may also be considered for an appropriate Disposition option. The JETS also consider additional county and regional resources in planning.

Click to open the Gloucester County Youth Services Commission recommended and Gloucester County Freeholder Board approved 2020 programs and services:

2020 Youth Service Commission Meetings will be held at 3pm in the Large Conference Room at the Gloucester County Human Services Office at 115 Budd Blvd, West Deptford, NJ 08096 on the following dates:

February 19
April 15
June 17
August 19
October 21
December 16

Meeting cancellations and/or changes will be reflected on the Gloucester County website calendar.
Gloucester County Calendar