Juvenile group to present plan to county

First Posted: 5/17/2014

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council on Monday will be asking county commissioners to approve its funding plan to provide programs for at-risk youth.

For the fiscal year 2014-15, he council is slated to receive $426,621 from the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice to fund services to reduce and prevent juvenile crime.

Through a risk and needs assessment and a resource assessment, the council has determined that several services are needed to reduce and prevent juvenile delinquency. Its priorities for funding during the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1 include: Teen Court diversion programs; temporary shelter care; psychological assessments; an interpersonal skill building program; parenting/family skills; substance abuse treatment; sex offender treatment; mentoring; and tutoring and academic enhancement.

According to the meeting agenda, the commissioners on Monday will also:

— Consider a budget request for the upcoming fiscal year from Palmer Prevention Inc. Thomas Norton, the organization’s executive director, will present the request and a plan of action to combat the county’s drug and substance abuse problems.

— Hear a presentation from Eastpointe administrators. Eastpointe is one of the state’s Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organizations which addresses mental health issues.

According to its mission statement, “Eastpointe works together with individuals, families, providers, and communities to achieve valued outcomes in our behavioral health care system.”

— Hear a presentation from Sandra Oliver, director of the United Way of Robeson County.

— Consider an appointment to the Robeson Community College board of trustees.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ room of the county administration building on North Elm Street.

Following the meeting the commissioners will hold a budget work session to discuss the county’s 2014-15 fiscal budget.