NORWICH – In what can be described as a proactive approach, the Chenango County Probation Department and Department of Social Services are chasing after state funds that will help them continue programs to keep youth out of the criminal justice system.
Department heads met with county leaders at a meeting of the Safety and Rules Committee last week, seeking support for an application of state funds that will allow the two departments to administer two different programs geared toward helping at-risk youth and their families.
Those two programs, called the “Parent Project” and “Why Try?,” aim to prevent PINS (Persons In Need of Supervision) or delinquency petitions from being filed against a youth while also giving parents useful resources to help keep their kids on the right track.
Chenango County Director of Probation Karen Osborn said the two programs provide a valuable service that could keep troubled kids from making harmful decisions leading to long-term consequences. What’s more, they may also be a cost savings to the county as it costs far more for reactive-type services for PINS than proactive programs.