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Program Services

Anger Management Program

The anger management program is a ten hour one on one educational program. The goal is to foster a better understanding of anger's origin and one's own personal anger style. The program's emphasis promotes self-discipline, awareness and control around a variety of issues involving anger.

Positive Decision Making Program

The positive decision making program is a six hour course focusing on decision making processes. Participants will learn and practice a five step process and analyze their own decisions. In addition we explore the role of peer pressure as an influence in the decision making process and emphasize the role of an accomplice. Our primary goals include awareness of consequences and empowering responsible, educated decision making.

Challenge Course

The Challenge Course is a fifteen hour educational/self assessment, community based, early intervention program focusing on drug and alcohol abuse and other high risk behaviors. This is offered the first full week of the following months: February, April, June, August, October and December. The class is held Monday through Friday from 3:30 - 6:30 in the conference room at 4 Court Street, Concord, NH. The cost is $70.00 (If enrollment allows).

Bullying Program

This seven hour educational course focuses on recognizing and understanding the different forms of bullying and the roles involved. Also explored are the laws and consequences of bullying and the development of appropriate prevention skills.

Firesetter Education

This curriculum includes nine, one hour sessions and is ideal for grades 6 - 12. The programs goals are to raise the youth's awareness of fire safety and the consequences of the misuse of fire. Participants will learn the elements of fire science, including the fire triangle, characteristics of fire, and heat spread. In addition, we explore responsible decision making and the laws involving fire and explosive/bomb making.

Y.E.S. Shoplifting Program

This copyrighted, commercially produced shoplifting intervention program is designed to educate young people caught shoplifting about the legal consequences of their actions, and to understand the harm this crime causes to themselves, their families, and the community at large.
The cost is $40.

Tobacco Education

This self-assessment program aims at educating first time tobacco offenders. Graphic materials are used to make students aware of the hazards of smoking and helps them assess where they are in the addiction process. Smoking cessation assistance can be arranged for those who express interest. The program is offered on the last Saturday of the month from 8 am to 1 pm (if enrollment allows). One-to-one classes can also be provided when needed.
The cost is $50.

Prevention Presentations

A presentation to schools/communities addressing adolescent problem behaviors and consequences. A review of the NH Juvenile Court system and laws frequently disobeyed by juveniles provides eye-opening information to youth and parents who may be unaware of changes or application in the juvenile laws.

Parenting Education/Support

This is a 7 hour course that is often one on one, or if enrollment allows, a group setting. We use a strength-based focus to help parents identify their strengths as well as their child(s) strengths. We explore inventory and resiliency wheels and other tools to meet identified challenges. We also review and develop milestones and how they are impacted by behaviors such as substance abuse. This program is new and will continue to evolve as the needs of the families require.

Computer Safety

This class is 6 hours and will cover such topics as how to be safe while using a computer: Who is on the internet and why are they there; discussion on sexting and cyberbullying; what the law says about each of these; delete does not mean gone, and what to consider before you press "send".

Grief and Loss

This class is 6 hours (more if needed). The program explores grief and loss and stages inherent within each. The program also takes an in depth look at how to process thoughts and prevent getting "stuck" in some of these stages. The class will also explore ways to honor and celebrate the person’s life.


Concord Program Office

Merrimack County Juvenile Diversion
4 Court Street, 2nd Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 225-5445
Fax: (603) 226-4690

Juvenile Diversion Director
Greg Paninski
Ext. 103
Email: gpaninski@mchumanservices.net

Program Secretary/Receptionist
Sharon Cuffe
Ext. 100
Email: scuffe@mchumanservices.net

Pre-Adjudicated Program Manager
Rich Cram
Ext. 102
Email: rcram@mchumanservices.net

Teen Court Coordinator
Kristen Ivon
Ext. 107
Email: kivon@mchumanservices.net

Community Service Coordinator
Jessica Klingerman
Ext. 109
Email: jklingerman@mchumanservices.net

Franklin Program Office

Merrimack County Juvenile Diversion
82 Elkins Street
Franklin, NH 03235
Phone: (603) 934-1015
Fax: (603) 934-5880

Program Manager
Lynn Haskell
Email: mcyd@myfairpoint.net

Program Secretary/Receptionist
Mary Hughes
Email: maryhughes2@myfairpoint.net


The Merrimack County Juvenile Diversion Program is an early intervention program that works with predominantly first time juvenile offenders. It is a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or violation of the law. The program is also available to youth on a self referred basis as an educational resource and support.

Youth can be referred to the Diversion Program through court order, police, parents, schools or self referred. When referred as a first time juvenile offender the ultimate outcome for successful participation in the program is that they will have no criminal record if they complete contractual obligations.

The Program offers two valuable alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system: 1) Teen Court
2) Accountability Board (AB). Both the Teen Court Program and the AB utilize a restorative justice approach to rehabilitation. This approach allows juveniles to focus on repairing the damage caused to the victims, community, family and self.

The Accountability Board process involves an intake appointment with offending youth and their parents/guardians. This is followed by an AB meeting in which the youth meets with adult volunteers and is assigned a contract of items that may include community service, apology letters, research assignments, educational classes, etc and are appropriate consequences to the offense that was committed. If the youth completes all contract items within the timeline given, they have successfully completed the diversion process and will not have a juvenile criminal record.

The Teen Court Program was started in 2001. In this Program, youth participate in a court process administered by their peer group under adult guidance. It utilizes both teen and adult volunteers from the community who may be able to earn community services hours for their participation. The hearings are overseen by a Judge and the courtroom is comprised of volunteer jury members, teen prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiffs and adults mentors, often UNH School of Law students. The program meets at Merrimack County’s Probate Court typically two Tuesdays per month from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Teen Court strives to promote self-esteem, self-improvement and to foster a positive attitude towards rules and authority.