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September 9, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Juvenile Justice Commission
- Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director


Sharon Lauchaire


Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee Awards $14,168 to Catholic Charities, Trenton Diocese

TRENTON - The New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee has awarded a grant to Catholic Charities, Trenton Diocese to address the needs of young people from Ocean County who are challenged with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related emotional/behavioral disorders including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Asperger’s Syndrome. The award is in the amount of $14,168.

The Programs for Exceptionally Able Kids (PEAK) Grant is designed to act in the place of a conventional summer camp. A therapeutic approach is taken to increase social skills and improve educational performance. Participants in the camp will attend programs that focus on areas such as, problem solving and interpersonal relations. During the six week program, the youth attend camp five days a week. Camp PEAK also offers group sessions where the participants’ parents or guardians are able to discuss the challenges of parenting those with special needs.

“Camp PEAK provides a fun-filled, therapeutic and educational summer for children whose emotional or behavioral challenges prevent them from being able to attend traditional summer camp. Funding from the JJDP Committee makes it possible for these children to develop skills and build lasting memories of a truly enjoyable summer,” said Bob Hodnett, Associate Director of Children and Family Services of Catholic Charities.

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), which is the designated planning authority for the allocation of federal grant funds, works with the JJDP Committee to identify appropriate programs, award funds and monitor their success. The JJDP Committee is responsible for the distribution of more than $3 million in federal grant awards annually to local and state agencies. The JJDP Committee reviews proposals for programs that aim to reduce delinquency and/or seek to create local delinquency prevention strategies. Programs that receive funding work with individuals, families and communities to reduce the risk factors associated with delinquency. Programs that demonstrate success are eligible for continued funding for a maximum of three consecutive years.

The JJC is committed to helping local communities address the specific needs of their young people. We are proud to be part of a partnership that takes a proactive approach to help adolescents and their families” said Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director, JJC. We know that the earlier we reach out to children, particularly those who have emotional or behavioral disorders, the better chance we have of ensuring that they lead productive lives.

Created in 1995 to bring together services for delinquent young people, the JJC is the single state agency responsible for providing juvenile correctional rehabilitation and parole services. The JJC also funds local prevention programs that divert young people from involvement in the juvenile justice system.

The project is monitored by staff from the Program Development and Prevention Services arm of the JJC’s Office of Local Programs and Services.

For more information on the JJC, please visit

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