Our Mission:

“We seek to provide young people, between the ages of 13-18, who have committed misdemeanor or felony offenses with an alternative to arrest or prosecution.”

The Seacoast Community Diversion Program (SCDP) is one of the four programs provided by The Chase Home. This is an early intervention program lasting at least 12 weeks that diverts youth between 13 and 18 who have committed a chargeable offense from the traditional juvenile justice system (and probation). Work being done by SCDP is made possible by financial support and contributions from our community.

Program Overview

Based on Restorative Justice-based principles, the diversion program differs from probation in its focus on the underlying problems that led to the criminalized behavior in the first place.

The primary goals of youth diversion are to hold youth accountable for delinquent behavior, make amends, and empower them to improve their behavior and personal growth through education and support services so they do not end up in New Hampshire Juvenile Court.

WHEN YOUTH SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE DIVERSION PROGRAM

  • THEIR DELINQUENCY CASE WILL NOT BE BROUGHT TO THE NH JUVENILE COURT
  • THEIR CHARGE(S) WILL BE EXPUNGED
  • THIS MATTER WILL NOT BE ON THEIR JUVENILE RECORD

THE DIVERSION COMMITTEE

One of the main conditions for accepting Diversion in lieu of Juvenile Court, is meeting with the Diversion Committee. This is a group of trained civilian volunteers who will help create an accountability contract based on the information they have received and their interview with you.

Through the conversation you have with the members of the Diversion Committee, this contract will be presented to you and you will be expected to fulfill the outlined conditions.  When you successfully complete your contract obligations, the committee chair will be notified, and your case will be formally closed.

Common charges that are dealt with through the Diversion Program consist of misdemeanor and felony charges such as:

* Threatening / Assault

* Disorderly / Reckless Conduct

* Possession of Drugs / Alcohol

* Trespass / Mischief

* Fire Setting

* Weapons Offenses

* Shoplifting / Theft

Diversion Program Services:

The youth is required to follow a contract in order to complete the Diversion program. These requirements include different services that help determine the underlying cause of the incident while also bringing awareness to how their actions affect not only themselves but those around them, including the community, their family, school, and peers. These services also depend on the youth’s needs and charges.

Services can include:

  • Community Service Participation
  • Journaling
  • Mindfulness / Self-Care Practices
  • Restorative Justice Based Project
  • School Plan
  • Family / Personal Commitment
  • Therapy Services (recommendations)
  • Parent Check-Ins
  • Restitution
  • Self-Discovery Projects
  • Evidence-Based Courses

TOWNS WE SERVE: Epping, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton, and Stratham

**WE ARE ONE OF THREE ACCREDITED DIVERSION PROGRAMS IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY*

Currently Accepting Referrals:

To make a referral, you may use the link provided below. If you are having trouble with the link or the process. Please contact us.

Referral Form

Contact Us:

Hillary Hallinan, Diversion Program Coordinator

Email: hhallinan@chasehome.org

Office: 603-436-2216 ext. 104 or Cell: 603-391-1648