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Young Adult Diversion Framework

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The Young Adult Diversion Framework illustrates how special education, career and technical education, and other workforce development strategies can be offered as part of a diversion program.

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A diagram of the Young Adult Diversion Framework. It is separated into three main areas, which are referrals, services, and outcomes. All three areas are bracketed by an overarching category, which is Multisystem Coordination and Treatment. The diagram starts with referrals. Within this area are the headings of justice-involved young adults and eligibility. The services area follows with needs assessments flowing into an area of types of diversion programs. The types are Education and Workforce Development, Family Interventions, Behavioral Health Interventions, Mentoring and Life-Skills Training, Career Counseling and Job Placement Services, and Other Wraparound Services. The outcomes area follows next. The types of outcomes are participant outcomes, program outcomes, and community outcomes. Referrals REFERRALS Justice-Involved Young Adults. The target population is justice-involved young adults (ages 16–24) who have been arrested but not yet adjudicated. It may also include young adults on parole or probation who are at risk of becoming involved in the adult corrections system. Justice- Involved Young Adults (Ages 16–24) Eligibility. Eligibility for referrals is typically determined at the law enforcement phase, pretrial/prosecution phase, or specialty court phase using screening criteria (e.g., age, lack of prior convictions, and offense) and validated risk assessments. Eligibility Services SERVICES Needs Assessments Diversion Programs Education and Workforce Development Family Interventions Behavioral Health Interventions Mentoring and Life-Skills Training Career Counseling and Job Placement Services Other Wraparound Services Outcomes OUTCOMES Participant Outcomes Program Outcomes Community Outcomes MULTISYSTEM COORDINATION AND TREATMENT MULTISYSTEM COORDINATION AND TREATMENT

Diversion programs are often supported by multiple organizations, including education, workforce development, justice, and social service agencies.


Partners should leverage resources, ensure frontline staff are trained on the unique needs of young adults, and use data for program improvement.


Partners should establish partnership and data-sharing agreements; participant referral, intake, and case management protocols; and other supportive policies and practices. See Partnership Roadmap for more details