The Mercer County Division of Youth Services is responsible for the coordination between and among governmental departments at all levels. The courts, community agencies and consumers benefit from our strategies that maximize the provision of assistance to youth and their families, in the least intrusive manner possible.

The Youth Services Commission (YSC) serves as the planning, advocating and enabling body of this division. The Youth Services Commission’s responsibilities include but are not limited to program development for youth 0-18 who are at risk of or currently involved in:
  • Multiple Systems
  • Family Court
  • Out of Home Placement

Every three years we prepare and submit to the County Executive, Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Juvenile Justice Commission a needs based comprehensive plan for the provision of sanctions and services for the above mentioned population. Based upon established plan priorities a spending plan is developed utilizing County Direct/Family Court/Community Based Services/State Community Partnership Grant/Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant/ State Incentive Grant and other funding streams that may become available.

We have developed programmatic points of intervention and a comprehensive continuum of care for youth eligible to receive our services, they include but are not limited to:

  • Broadcast Prevention Services
  • Primary Delinquency Prevention
  • Law Enforcement Diversion
  • Family Crisis Intervention
  • Family Court/Family Court Diversion Programs
  • Detention Alternative Programs
  • Community Based Disposition Options

For more info please contact: Robert Taylor at 609-278-4845.