Court Programs

Court Programs

Family Treatment Court

Contact: Jennifer Warren, Family Treatment Court Program Coordinator

Behavioral Health Court 

The Newton County Juvenile Court is interested in ensuring youth in the juvenile justice system, and those at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system, have adequate access to mental health services. When a youth’s mental health needs come to the attention of the juvenile court, it is an opportunity to intervene.  In response to an increasing reliance on the juvenile justice system to care for youth with mental health needs, the Newton County Juvenile Court is establishing a Juvenile Behavioral Health Court as a diversion program for court-involved youth whose mental health needs make it unlikely they will be successful with traditional probation. Like drug treatment courts, behavioral health courts focus on treatment to restore health and reduce delinquent activity. The Juvenile Behavioral Health Court is a collaborative model of service delivery which utilizes an interdisciplinary and integrated team approach to treatment for youth with serious emotional disorders who are involved in the juvenile justice system and require specialized, supported care to remain in the community.  This service delivery model focuses on the provision of comprehensive behavioral interventions designed to assist and empower the family in achieving individualized goals tailored to meet their needs, thus ensuring the safety of the community and reducing recidivism thereby strengthening families and communities.

Contact: April Robinson, Behavioral Health Court Program Coordinator

Other Specialized Programs

Alcovy CASA Program – Court-Appointed Special Advocates

A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for an abused or neglected child in juvenile court proceedings.  A CASA makes independent recommendations to the court for services which focus on meeting the needs of each child.  For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, contact:

Alcovy CASA Program
Serving Newton and Walton Counties
Lindsay Dycus, Executive Director
1124 Clark Street
Covington, GA, 30014
Ph:  770-385-7450
Fax: 770-385-7448