New Hampshire Juvenile Court Diversion Network
Board Meeting, April 10, 2002
1. The meeting of the Executive Committee was called to order at 9:40am at the Youth
Services Bureau in Laconia, NH by Vice-Chairperson Sharon Drew-Henson. Present
were: Peter Brigham (Hillsboro), Dawn Shimberg (Tilton), Cathy Steers (Project
Coordinator for the Network).
2. In lieu of a volunteer committee the Executive Committee will take on the task of
handbook review. Review and revision should be completed and back to Cathy by
May 17, 2002. Cathy reported that basic content was the same, but that it is in a more
“user friendly” layout. Peter felt the section on Teen Court should be expanded.
Sharon would like court diversion programs that are in good standing and/or are
approved by the Court to be designated as such. Board members will also be noted in
3. The Board agreed that Jackie should send letters to Board Members who have not
attended the required 75% of meetings since the last annual meeting.
4. Officer signatures were needed for the Tech Grant for the Corporate Fund.
5. A discussion took place regarding the criteria, which needs to be met by a program
before the Network makes available its resources to aid a developing/new program.
Ideas included; resume(s), background check, supportive body, board, plan of what
type of program they want to put into place. Perhaps an application can be put
together and completed before the Network will put its resources into a new program.
6. Sharon will sit down with Cathy and re-write her job description to more accurately
reflect her job and what the Network wants.
General Meeting of the Membership
1. Present: Judi Sadoski (Keene), Holly DeWald (Laconia), Connie Lester (Monadnock
Region), Gail Morrison (Carroll Co.), Jon Donovan (Manchester), Peter Brigham
(Hillsboro), Emily McLaughlin (Laconia), Sophi Reist (Merrimack Co.), Diane
Casale (Derry), Jan Huddleston (Conway), Brian Loames and Tim Sullivan (Belknap
Co.), Beverley Wyman (Atkinson), John Roberge (Berlin), Cid Southworth
(Lancaster), Dawn Shimberg (Tilton) and Cathy Steers (Project Coordinator for the
2. The minutes of Feb 13, 2002 were reviewed. Two corrections were made. The first
noting that Holly DeWald was present; the second adding Jan Huddleston’s name to
the list of those excused. Peter made the motion to accept the minutes as corrected.
Jon seconded it. The motion carried unanimously.
3. Treasurer’s Report: There is currently $8100 in the checkbook. Peter will soon have
available an updated list of the paid membership. Reimbursement for approx. $2000
is expected from the State which will be billed shortly. In mid-June we will
essentially run out of money under this grant. According to Sharon an extension
grant for 18 months has been approved. $5000 of current funds is for handbooks and
brochures. Changes for expenditures may be submitted if needed, but may be a mute
4. Sharon and Jackie attended the first JABIG Training and Cathy attended second one.
After this 18 mos. is up we will not be funded for a network employee again. These
funds will be for working directly with offenders.
5. Cathy’s Report:
a. Survey’s need to be gotten back to Cathy. Tech needs have already been submitted,
but she needs information for the end of the year network report.
b. NAMI NH Information Provided.
c. JABIG Money will be decreasing and will be for adjudicated offenders only in the
years to come. Brian’s program has adjudicated and pre adjudicated youths. Call
Bonnie Wrisley with any questions.
d. Challenge course facilitators training coming up soon. Contact Chris Averill for
more information. DCYF conference coming up May 16, and 17. The topic
addresses the link between childhood malnutrition and juvenile delinquency. There is
also information on parenting education programs, etc. Please try to attend.
e. A review of the Network goals and objectives is needed and will be discussed further
at the next meeting which will be the Annual Meeting.
f. In August we will have a speaker on insurance and in October Cathy has set up a
speaker who will address what to do when the start up money goes away.
g. Beverley talked about the funding workshop she was able to attend and was able to
pass out information. Think “multiple funders” when looking for money.
6. Speaker: Jerry Evans – Alternatives for detention for juvenile offenders. Money from
The Annie Casey Fund is being used for a project coordinator to provide alternatives for
juvenile detention. Studies show that incarceration of a youth with others with more
severe backgrounds you will put that youth at risk for more offending behavior. Home
monitoring, tracking, diversion programs for juveniles who might have been detained
prior to hearing all fall into the realm of alternatives to detention. Pilot Programs will be
conducted in Hillsboro and Grafton counties. Jerry will help to build community
resources in Grafton Co. and bring those in Hillsboro closer together. If/when successful,
this program will go statewide. This could work with the out-of-school suspension
programs. YSB has one. Conditions can be placed on a youth prior to involvement in
teen court, or as a condition for being eligible for teen court. If a youth is successful for 3
months with checking in and attending school then the case can be referred to teen court.
If they are not successful them they will not be referred to Teen Court. A Risk
Assessment Instrument has been developed that can help to predict whether a young
person will be successful in an alternative to detention situation. Jerry can be contacted
through the Attorney Gerneral’s Office.
7. A motion to adjourn was made by Peter and seconded by Sophie. The next meeting of
the New Hampshire Juvenile Court Diversion Network will be held on Wednesday, June
12 in Henniker, NH.