Washington County Community Partnership gets grant for services
By SCOTT BUTKI
A state grant of almost $900,000 will help the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families create services to assist children and teenagers who are at risk in the school system, as well as some involved in the juvenile justice system.
The $896,640 grant comes from the Governor's Office for Crime Control and Prevention, John Budesky, community partnership director, said Thursday.
The money will be used to try to reduce juvenile delinquency and substance abuse, he said.
Budesky said the funds will pay for:
- A diversion program designed to reduce the number of repeat juvenile offenders in the justice system. The program will be a collaboration with the Hagerstown Police Department. The funds will pay for one new police officer, who will work with juveniles accused of committing crimes and their families.
- A program to develop a community-based plan to provide more activities for children in the designated HotSpot high crime area.