Community Diversion Program


The Community Diversion Program (CDP) provides a diversion option for juveniles charged with felony, misdemeanor and/or status offenses in order to avoid formal court action.  By utilizing community resources to address problems, intervention is highly successful.

The types of offenses diverted from court include misdemeanor offenses such as theft, assault, criminal damaging, possession of alcohol and drugs, etc... Status offenses that may be diverted include unruly behavior such as truancy and curfew violations.  A status offense is only applicable to minors.  To be eligible for diversion, the juvenile must take responsibility for their actions and comply with a program plan developed through the hearing process. Felony level cases may occasionally be eligible once reviewed by prosecutors for appropriate placement and may include offenses such as sexting and breaking and entering. 

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How CDP Operates

CDP is highly intervention based and coordinates the expertise of a social service professional and the legal perspective of a hearing officer approved by the Juvenile Court.  This provides for local intervention and accountability on multiple levels:

  • Community based sanctions
  • Intervention services

Community based accountability sanctions consist of activities or consequences for juveniles and provide direct accountability for their actions.  This may include something such as community service.  Intervention services then address any underlying problems which are barriers to overall success both present and future.   These may include educational opportunities or mental health intervention.  The ultimate goal is to avoid repeat offenses.

Referrals are made to the CDP by Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court (CCJC) for eligible offenses. Most of the cases involving misdemeanor complaints originate with the North Olmsted Police Department or neighboring departments.  Status offenses such as truancy and unruly typically originate from local schools. A parent or guardian may file unruly directly with the CCJC and first time offenses may be referred back to the CDP.  The Juvenile Court provides a prosecutor ruling, an intake screening and prepares the official complaints.  No public record is established in by our diversion program. Direct referrals can also be made from the NOPD directly to our CDP at the discretion of our coordinator.

Interview assessments are conducted with the juvenile and family to measure needs and to advise them of their legal rights and options.  Once consent is obtained, juveniles participate in a hearing conducted by a volunteer hearing officer serving our program.  The hearing officer issues a disposition which outlines program requirements for the juvenile which our program monitors for 3-12 months. The goal is to provide accountability and intervention.  

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Outcomes

Cases disposed of through the CDP have no Juvenile Court record and result in no additional public records.  If the juvenile is successful, all records become sealed and are eventually destroyed.

CDP dispositions act as a program roadmap to provide accountability and intervention for youth and families involved in our program.  It is not intended to be merely punitive.  Interventions are personally designed to help youth reach personal goals, gain support for individual and family problems and to reach their own potential. 

We look at CDP as an opportunity for growth.  Families that cooperate and work with us often are grateful for the experience once their case is closed.

For more information, call us at 440-716-4166

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