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Court Services and Diversion Programs

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Bridging the Gap

A 12-week life skills program for at-risk youth 12 to 18 years old. BTG will work in conjunction with district attorney offices, probation departments, court, police, DCF, and families. Youth attend two to three days per week. Program includes group discussion and activities and some field trips.

Salvation Army, Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
650 Dudley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

Phone: 617-318-6900
Fax: 617-318-6999

Changing Tracks Initiative

The Changing Tracks Initiative is a community diversion program that seeks to significantly improve the life chances of youth of color in Boston affected by the juvenile justice system. Changing Tracks will assist juvenile justice involved youth through the application of an intensive case management model helping participants access gainful employment, education resources, and mentorship services. These supports are aimed at preventing individuals being expelled from school, incarcerated, or remaining court involved with the ultimate goal of diverting youth from the “school to prison pipeline”.

Our experienced team of attorneys provide trauma-informed, holistic representation to families affected by domestic violence in the following areas:
•Divorce, legal separation or annulment
•Obtaining and enforcing protective orders
•Child and spousal support
•Child custody
•Securing safe visitation
•Division and preservation of marital property
•Immigration issues faced by domestic violence survivors
•Guardianship orders for Special Immigrant Juveniles

Detention Diversion Advocacy Program (DDAP) - RFK Children's Action Corps

"Justice, dignity, equality - these are words which are often used loosely, with little appreciation of their meaning. I think that their meaning can be distilled into one goal: that every child in this country live as we would want our own children to live." Robert F.

Face Forward

Volunteers of America is one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of quality affordable housing for families, elderly, and people with disabilities. The goal of the Face Forward Program is to help youth, ages 16-24, leave their past mistakes behind them and help them plan a course for a successful future. Participants will receive a wide range of services to learn new skills, stay motivated, and avoid the stigma of the juvenile justice system

Independent Medical Examiners | Mental Health Litigation Division

The psychiatrists and psychologists listed below have indicated their willingness to serve as independent examiners (often referred to as "independent medical examiners" or IMEs) in civil commitment, guardianship and "substituted judgment" proceedings. Several agencies and group practices that may be of assistance also are listed.

Innercity Weightlifting

InnerCity Weightlifting reduces youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal fitness. We use the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence.

Massachusetts Alliance of Juvenile Court Clinics

Group advocates for better juvenile services of courts.

189 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

Phone: 617-494-0135
Fax: 617-494-0136

MMS has been a force for MEDIATION and CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING AND EDUCATION in Boston since 1986. We provide services to Adults, Youths and families in Schools, Juvenile Courts, Businesses, Government, Health Care, Social Services, Communities, and Courts.

Mission Direct Vet

Mission Direct Vet is a federally-funded court based jail diversion program with priority to veterans. Through a federally funded 5-year service grant 1, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH), in partnership with investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the Veterans Administration (VA), along with numerous state agencies, has developed Mission-Direct Vet 2.

Restorative Justice - Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development - University of Massachusetts Boston

The Restorative Justice Juvenile Mediation Project (RJUMP), has teamed up with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to bring about the Juvenile Alternative Resolution Program (JAR) that is the first of its kind in Suffolk County. In collaboration with community youth service organizations and victim/survivor community groups, RJUMP is working with partners to provide juvenile offenders with restorative justice services and mediation that attempt to change offending behavior by bringing young people and victims together in dialogue processes while addressing the underlying needs of offending behavior. At the discretion of the SCDAO, once a juvenile completes their diversion plan, they are considered “diverted” an are not charged with the crime, avoid the stigma of a criminal record.

Roca Boston, MA - Roca

Serving young men from communities across Boston, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roslindale. Roca’s mission is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives.
Serving: High-Risk Young Men
17-24 Year Old
Previously Arrested
Prior Incarceration
Gang or Street Involved
Drug Use
Prior Juvenile Probation
Prior Adult Probation
High School Dropout


Roxbury Court Clinic

Roxbury Court Clinic

Psychologists and social workers employed by DMH evaluate adults who are referred by the court to determine competency to stand trial, for criminal responsibility and/or to be civilly committed for substance abuse or mental illness.

85 Warren Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Phone: 617-427-7000
Fax: 617-442-0913

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