Diversion is a legal process whereby youth alleged to have committed certain misdemeanors or Class C felonies are offered an alternative to the formal Juvenile Court system. Arrested youth who live on Mercer Island are referred by the King County Prosecutor's Office to MIYFS where they meet with the Diversion Counselor to establish diversion agreements that assign certain responsibilities and consequences to the youth.
In addition to the formal diversion process, MIYFS has worked with the Mercer Island Police to develop the Early Intervention Program, which provides an opportunity for families to respond to a youth's arrest within a very short period following the incident. This service is strictly voluntary, but is welcomed by many families who desire timely accountability and a structured format for exploring issues related to youths' actions.
If you would like to know more about this program, or if you're concerned about your child getting in trouble with the law, please contact Diversion Counselor Karlene Johnson at (206) 275-7866.