Belknap County Youth Services/Adult Diversion
64 Court Street
Laconia, NH 03246
Welcome to the Belknap County Youth Services Homepage!
What is Youth Services?
Belknap County Youth Services began on January 1, 2010 through a merger of two previously existing agencies: Belknap County Restorative Justice and Youth Services Bureau. The merger was a cost effective way to bring the services of both agencies together and to provide a more efficient and streamlined referral process. Through the programs we offer, our goals are to: 1) encourage a sense of responsibility and accountability on the part of the offender for their illegal acts, 2) save the county money/resources by minimizing the offender’s involvement into the justice system, 3) help build stronger communities by leading in the effort to address the needs of crime victims and community reparation, and 4) provide appropriate education to reduce the amount of re-offending (recidivism).
Programs We Offer:
*The above table shows the basic requirements for completing the diversion program. Additional stipulations may be added by the Case Manager and/or the Victim/Community Panel.
Take Control! is a five session anger management program for area youth. Take Control! classes are designed to help youth respond better to conflict and crisis and recognize when they are angry, what makes them upset and how to resolve conflict constructively. Take Control! participants will also learn how to communicate more effectively, learn strategies to control their emotions and learn how to see things from another person’s point of view. Referrals may be made by parents/caregivers, schools, court, law enforcement and community agencies.
The Challenge Course is a 12 to 15-hour educational program that provides an opportunity for teens to come together in a small group and explore their relationship with alcohol and/or drugs. The course is specifically designed for those teens who have encountered some type of trouble in which alcohol and/or drugs have played a part. Referrals for this course come from police, parents, and sometimes as part of a diversion contract.